Racism: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race [1].

**sigh**

Nowadays, people always want to claim that we live in a post racial society.  Yes, that is right my intellectuals: race matters not. The only problem with this is that the thought of a “post racial society” will probably never reach fruition. Idealistically, it could be one of better occurrences this world could witness. Still, the idea of a “post racial society” is more science fiction than attainable reality.

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Plus, how could we ever live in a “post racial society” when racial remarks have even been made about our present POTUS.

The Realness of Racism

Regardless, there are those that actually recognize the fact that racism is here to stay. And to that, I say “Thank Goodness”. And no, this is not a “hope and desire” for racism to exist forever. Personally, I think it is an intellectually adept concept based on gargantuan stupidity. However, I am intelligent enough to know when a concept has no chance of losing steam. I am just glad that people are being racially realistic.

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Racism Causing Casual Lunacy

Then again, there are still some of us that take the racism concept way too far.

First of all, there are those that actually try to claim someone of their own race is being racist against them. Jon Seymour, an award winning crossing guard, was sent home by Camden Council after comparing an employee to the enormous ape ‘King Kong’ [2]. While this could be viewed as racist, the problem is that Jon Seymour is a Black man. “I wanted to say something to him because he was being rude to me. I said, ‘You are angry like King Kong.’ I wasn’t racist,” Seymour explained [3]. So, this is an example of “the abuse of the term racism”.

Then you have those that claim “racism” when their situation may not fit the criteria. According to a study conducted by Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School, it was reported that whites believe they have replaced blacks as the primary targets of racism [4]. That isn’t the most impressive part. The most impressive part comes from the rest of the article:

Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology, Samuel Sommers, PhD said, ‘It’s a pretty surprising finding when you think of the wide range of disparities that still exist in society, most of which show Black American with worse outcomes than whites in areas such as income, home ownership, health and employment.’ Sommers is co-author of “Whites See Racism as a Zero-sum Game that They Are Now Losing”, an article that appeared in an issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science journal.

Sommers and his co-author asked a nationwide, small sample of 208 blacks and 209 whites the extent to which they felt they were targets of discrimination from the 1950s to 2000s on a scale from 1 to 10 and both demographics agreed that discrimination against whites was almost non-existent in the 1950s and high for blacks. They both also agreed that racism against blacks has decreased over the years, although whites believed it declined faster than blacks did.

But the shocker came when it was discovered that whites believed racism has increased significantly for them as it has decreased against their black counterparts. Whites rated anti-white racism much more prevalent against them in the 2000s than anti-black bias. 11 percent of whites rated anti-white bias an unbelievable 10 on the rating scale compared to 2 percent of whites rating anti-black bias a 10. Blacks on the other hand gave only a modest increase in their perception of ‘reverse racism’. [5]

I don’t know about you all, but I am intrigued by this new “reverse racism” situation.

When Racism “Goes Wrong”

These two shining examples are what we all can call “the concept of racism gone wrong”. For one, racial comments have to be a commentary about racial superiority or racial inferiority. Calling someone a “abnormally gigantic gorilla relegated to destroying metropolitan cities and carrying women” isn’t going to be a racial comment when it is a black person saying it to a black person. Maybe someone was acting quite ignorant. At some point, racism has to stop being a cop out for someone being butt-hurt by a commentary on their rude behavior.

PLEASE let it flow through you.

PLEASE let it flow through you.

As far as “reverse racism” occurring, there would have to be a specific type of situation happening. Those said white people would have to be put in a situation where their skin color isn’t of the dominant equation. Either that or the Black person presented a situation of racial superiority/inferiority. That part can be tricky because “reverse racism” can happen. However, I would have to question the likelihood of such situations.

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This is the type of situation that would have to happen for many white people to experience reverse racism.

Think about it: unless a white person works/lives around Black people, claims of “reverse racism” just won’t happen.

I wish people would actually understand what racism is and how it works. You should not try to claim racism when someone hurls an insult at you. Also, it is hard to determine any racism being used against you unless you are in a situation where it actually happens. The misuse of words can usually lead to increased confusion. What is infinitely worse is when a concept is misused to cause mass hysteria.

Everybody, and every situation, cannot claim racism.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!!