- Mar 11, 2019
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- Houston, TX
This is why i think the context is important.
In a vacuum, all racism is bad.
In context, racism doesn't have to be bad.
Affirmative action is racism, but in the context of a culture where white privilege is prevalent, it could be argued that affirmative action is an acceptable version of racism.
But that’s not true. Racism requires some ill intent toward a race or a belief that one race is not capable of doing x because of their race. That’s not what affirmative action programs are or have ever been.
That’s why I say we need a more nuanced discussion and not a simple +- discussion on racism. Not everything involving race is “racism”. Our desire to always drive to this + - discussion of race really limits our dialogue. Racism is a very charged word, and it should be. It should be limited to ideas or policies that have a direct ill intent or based on the idea that one race is better than the other. If the attempt is just to balance the playing field or make things right it can be a bad idea without being racist. The problem is as soon as you roll out that word people get so defensive because it has a very specific negative connotation and meaning.
If I tell someone they are invested in culture wars and grievance populism the dialogue generally moves forward. If I immediately jump to the nuclear option (you’re racist) it ends right there because of what that word means.