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Can Black People be Racist?

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by SLPCCC, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. SLPCCC

    SLPCCC Active Member

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    We all know that white people can be racist but can some black people also be racist. I remember reading somewhere that back people cannot be racist. Is this true? Is this only one-sided?
     
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  2. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    Sure black people can be racist. Some people argue that black people can't engage in institutional racism, which is a different issue. Personally I don't agree, but that's the argument.
     
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  3. Thief

    Thief Rogue Theologian

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    I grew up in the housing projects of a mid sized city

    and yes there are problems

    especially when you see numbers
     
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  4. Hellbound Serpiente

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    Considering black people are also human beings with the same short-comings as white/arabic/other people, of course.
     
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  5. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Anyone can be racist
     
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  6. Nimos

    Nimos Well-Known Member

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    If a "race" refer to a specific group of people from a given area, like Africa, Asia, European etc. then everyone can be racist towards each other. It obviously just happens to be that the white people of Europe that managed to enslave those around them first, that being people from Africa or Native Americans etc.. And given the time they lived in they felt that they could treated others as sub humans.

    Obviously it seems that racism when used in the media tends to mean one thing. Which is that whenever the word is used and no context is used, 99.9% of all people will probably assume that the racist is white and the person being violated is black.

    Also I think given the history of slavery etc. that it is somewhat a tabu to speak of black people as being racists against white people.

    Some Asian people for instant is also, as far as I know, fairly racist towards black people as well.

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    This is the star wars poster from China.... why is one specific character missing? (Right side)

    At least in my opinion that is pretty crazy, so racism goes in all directions.
     
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  7. Father Heathen

    Father Heathen Veteran Member

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    No, there is a chip installed in each black person's brain that prevents them from making any racially based presumptions or prejudices.
     
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    Israel Khan Well-Known Member

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    Anyone can be racist. And black isn't a race but a skin colour. Here in South Africa many Zulus and Xhosas have animosity towards each other out of racism. We also have xenophobic attacks here against Africans from other countries who aren't of the same race. The African continent as a whole has plenty of racism. The Rwandan genocide was an act of racism. The congolese still enslave the pigmies till this day.

    Racism in Africa - Wikipedia

    With regards to skin colour, white farmers are being killed here in South Africa because some black people say that they took their land.
     
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  9. 'mud

    'mud ~~ Life is Stuff ~~
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    It is the size of one's boat,
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    or lunch at the Sheridan.
     
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    'mud ~~ Life is Stuff ~~
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    There's a little `racist` in all of us, about someone, somewhere !
     
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  11. exchemist

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    Racism is a risk in anyone.

    Prejudice against people who can be identified as outside one's own group is an almost universal vice. With race, the identifier happens to be physical appearance. But you also get the same risk of stereotyping people in a dehumanising way on other grounds too, notoriously including sex and religion.
     
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  12. Wandering Monk

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    Come to stir the pot have you?
     
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  13. exchemist

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    Yeah, I must admit I wondered about that. ;) But then decided to play a straight bat, for now at least.
     
  14. oldbadger

    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    Pink, blue, yellow, red and green people can be bigoted about all kinds of things. So, sure..... obviously.
     
  15. SLPCCC

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    Got it. I think I understand the argument now. When they say that blacks cannot be racist, what they really mean is that they cannot engage in institutional racism defined by Merriam-Webster where it states of racism:

    " A political or social system founded on racism."

    This political and social system renders black people the inability to oppress white people in the way that they are oppressed; therefore, from this definition, some conclude that blacks cannot be racist. I can't agree with this because they are only taking a section of the definition and ignoring the rest.
     
  16. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    That's the generally idea, as I understand it.
     
  17. KAT-KAT

    KAT-KAT Well-Known Member

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    I see it as kind of like trans people being anti-trans...

    It can happen for sure, and it does... but you have to be pretty severe about it because as a trans person, you are first extended more benefit of a doubt about the subject than someone who is not.
     
  18. Father Heathen

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    I don't think he meant racist towards themselves, but toward non-black people.
     
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    KAT-KAT Well-Known Member

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    Ohhhh. If that's the case..... oops. :p
     
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    Do you think that not tolerating racism is itself racist?
     
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