A spinoff of the Malcolm X thread. I don’t get why some people, whether blacks or whites or any other race, seem to believe that the racism that comes from liberal whites is the worst kind, supposedly even worse when compared to the likes of the KKK, neo-Nazis, etc.
I’m a Latino, and here are two possible situations which I could experience. Neither has actually occurred, but I’m sure others Latinos have experienced oner or both of these. I’m using my personal situation to avoid putting words into someone else’s mouth, but again I doubt my reaction to these two scenarios is unique or limited to Latinos.
My neighborhood consists predominantly of white Republicans, some of who are racist. These are the stereotypical racists, who fly the Stars and Bars and Gadsden flags. One day while out doing my yard one of them approaches me and tells me to go back to Mexico. He talks about things like how this is his neighborhood and if anything were to happen to me, well that’s what happens when you “invade” someone else’s neighborhood. This neighbor considers himself a conservative, voted for Trump, and has voted R his whole life.
I have a white colleague and we had a friendly bet on one of yesterday’s (Korean League :p) baseball game which I won. My colleague now has to buy me lunch. He assumes that because I’m Latino that I must like Mexican food so he takes me out to a taqueria, and does so again the next several times we go out to lunch as well. He’s otherwise a pleasant person, doesn’t behave in a threatening way, would support me if I was up for promotion, etc. He considers himself a liberal and has always voted D.
Now if I was to agree with the viewpoint that somehow liberal racism is the worst kind, does that mean I’m better off with scenario 1 than scenario 2? Would people who believe this actually prefer to have the Klan burn a cross on their front yard rather than dealing with, say, a white person who brings watermelon to the office party for Juneteenth and is somewhat clueless about race relations but is otherwise a nice person and treats her black colleagues respectfully? Personally I’d much rather be in scenario 2 than scenario 1.
My guess is that the people who believe this have a different idea of “liberal racism” than I must have. Maybe this isn’t such a big problem and I’m making a mountain out of a molehill. If so, I’d be happy to know where I’m wrong.