The bottom line to this discussion is, Black people and White are as much alike as a Black poodle and a White poodle. No one group of people, as a whole, are innately any better or any worse than another. Thus, anyone who claims that their group is better or superior, is a racist, because there are only two kinds of people in this world – good people and bad people – Period.
So institutional racism is not representative of a flawed race, but is brought about as a result of power and opportunity. If Black people had the power and opportunity, we’d discriminate against White people, and if everyone in the world was of the same race, right-handed people would discriminate against left-handed people, or vice versa, depending upon who was in a position of power.
But while the opportunity to EXPRESS one’s racism, or bigotry, is enhanced by power, that doesn’t mean that power is NECESSARY for one to BE a racist or bigot. “I THINK, therefore, I am.” Thus, thought ALWAYS precedes action. So since a racist society, or INSTITUTIONAL racism itself, is setup by RACISTS, that’s prima facie evidence that racism is a frame of mind, and racist behavior is only a result of that frame of mind. If one takes the position that a person cannot be a racist without power, the logical extension of that argument would mean that a person cannot be a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, or an asshole unless they control the system, which is patently ridiculous.
Any clear thinking person should recognize that the system doesn’t create racists, it is racists that create the racist system. Thus, a racists mind-set must exist prior to racists gaining power, which completely destroys the argument that one cannot be a racist without power. Anyone who disputes that is guilty of convoluted logic, since, again, it takes a racist to create a racist society or institution in the first place.
In short, since it takes a racist to build a racist power structure, racists and racism, must exist prior to, and independent of, gaining power.
|Eric L. Wattree is an activist, political commentator and blogger. You can read more of his work at http://wattree.blogspot.com or write him at Ewattree@gmail.com|