Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Racism: R.I.P., or buried alive?

Someone insisted to me the other day that racism is over. Finished. With an absolute straight face.

Why would anyone make this argument? Sure, we all want racism to be over. I, for one, would love to live in a world where no one faces institutional discrimination because of what they are. Unfortunately, some people want it to be over so they can get over so-called political correctness — so that their own racism isn’t racism anymore.

This is related to the stance that racism is the fault of those offended by it — which itself is pretty offensive. It’s a frustratingly common view among white people who don’t think they should have to confront their own prejudices. If anything, they think they’re the persecuted ones, because they aren’t allowed to spew racial slurs like those who’ve reclaimed them (subtleties apparently being lost on them).

Why do people want to be openly racist? Is that something to aspire to? I don’t understand. And I’m glad I don’t.

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