It’s impossible for fat people to bully skinny people.
After all, skinny people are supported and idealized by society, whilst fat people are thought of as lazy and unattractive solely based upon this one characteristic. Undeniably, skinny people have it easier in the workforce, in everyday encounters, and in interviews. Even a lifeguard is much more likely to try and save the skinny person than the fat one. And if that’s not enough, fat people have to pay higher insurance rates, once again, solely because of this characteristic.
Given this extensive sociological analysis, can we not factually state that, since fat people bear a much heavier burden than skinny people, it is impossible for a fat person to bully a skinny person?
Fortunately, there are not many people that would agree with this conclusion. Unfortunately, however, there is a staggering amount of people who agree with this conclusion if you just replaced ‘skinny’ with ‘white’ and ‘fat’ with ‘black’ or any other minority. Get rid of the lifeguard bit (though I’m sure there’s some statistic proving more blacks drown more than whites and that this is evidence of racist lifeguards) and everything else provided in the second paragraph comes straight from the mouths of social justice warriors.
Such a provocative statement, (that you can’t be racist to white people) is not only accepted in the social justice community but it seems to be one of their fundamental tenants. This is why LGBT and BLM activists can get away with saying outrageous and explicitly racist things against white people. They have redefined racism to fit their postmodern philosophy, and moulded it in such a manner as to excuse and obscure their most absurd statements.
For those unfamiliar with postmodernism, I really do envy your ignorance. It’s one hell of a philosophy to comprehend. But as it applies to politics, it basically boils everything down to different groups vying for power in a zero sum world. The social justice types, who memorize Madness and Civilization like it’s the Quran, view racism exclusively through an oppressed-oppresser lens.
To them, racism means possessing political, economic, and institutional power. To be clear, they equivocate racism with oppression; racism is merely possessing the requisite power to oppress. This is why only whites can be racist; because whites have the most power. And this general, abstract power is utilized only in malicious and malevolent manners, to the benefit of exclusively whites, and if the blacks could just get their hands on some more power they, with their big hearts and compassionate minds, would usher in a post-racial egalitarian utopia. This isn’t hyperbole, but the implicit assumption made by SJW’s.
And I’m not merely plucking this assumption out of a hat, but it reveals itself without shame whenever an SJW is asked to elaborate on their definition of racism. An article titled “That’s Racist Against White People” explains to us inherently bigoted whites that it’s not possible to be racist against whites because that “removes any mention of societal power, oppression and privilege” (see the postmodernism popping up?). “In reality”, certain words are “are backed by a history and current system of domination, violence, oppression, repression, dehumanization” etc.. The author felt the obligation to run through their vocabulary for a little bit longer, but you get the point.
To social justice types, all of history is packed into everything you say and do. That’s why it’s okay for a black person to call a white a cracker; because the black person is not participating in a system that perpetuates oppression of whites. When I do something comparable (guess what guys, I’m white!) I am no longer Connor Chase the indebted undergrad, but a slave owner wielding the whip of institutional power for my own sadistic pleasure against those I keep beneath my feet. When a black person calls me a cracker, they are essentially a slave rising up against my tyranny, single handily abolishing the Jim Crow laws and distributing racial equality throughout the land like candy on halloween.
That’s why the social justice types not only don’t believe in racism against whites but defend it whenever it comes up (and sometimes even call for more). Whenever you treat white people differently because of their skin, you are acting righteously and claiming some of their institutional power for your community. After all, white people are privileged beyond comprehension so a little abuse doesn’t actually mean anything, right?
But let’s put aside common sense for a moment and take this definition of racism as seriously as the SJW’s take it. When you take the time to actually follow social justice thinking through to its logical conclusions, you arrive at a thrift shop displaying all kinds of quality objections and inconsistencies. In fact, there’s so many on sale that it’s hard to choose where to start.
How about we just consider the idea that racism is determined by institutional, economic, and political power as well as contextual history. Then let’s imagine some magical social justice heaven, in which the revolution has been achieved and the insatistable demand for equality of outcome has been satisfied. Every institution and political riding is dived proportionately to the population, with 50/50 men and women, 30% blacks, 12% latinos etc… Thus, every race has an equal amount of political and institutional power. Here’s the kicker; even if every race had equal power, it would still be impossible to be racist towards whites.
This is because the social justice types demand that contextual history and the prorogation of systems of oppression are inherently linked. Historically, blacks have been enslaved by whites and been discriminated against severely for hundreds of years. In case you did’t know, this is not a reciprocal history. So this means that, even if the racial power divide is levelled out, the whites have a history of genuine racism towards blacks that they have not been atoned for. Thus, in this equality wonderland, the word nigger would still be worse than cracker.
The only way to achieve true equality is to have blacks enslave whites for a couple hundred years then fight their way back to an equal society. Only then would all the aspects of the criteria that define racism be met, as then and only then would both nigger and cracker have a history of racism attached to them.
And sometimes, it really does seem like that’s exactly what the SJW types are after. The amount of bitterness, resentment, and intolerance that boils out of social justice camps smells eerily of revenge. A “how do you like it, whitey” attitude seems to drift about in the air whenever they congregate to stop people they don’t like from speaking.
Another more obvious problem emerges when you define racism as inequality in history, politics, economy and institutional representation. If we return to our fantastical social justice land, there still exists the problem of economic disparity.
The reality is that even if racial equity could be achieved this would not bring about absolute economic equality. In a capitalist system, there will always be inequality. It’s inevitable. Some people work a little harder, some people save money better, some people know how to invest intelligently etc… And if institutions were to be divided, who’s to say they the specific constituents of that institution would be completely equal? If the profession of doctor were to be racially allocated, who’s to say that there won’t be a disproportionate amount of black pediatric neurosurgeons (as there are now)? Or who’s to say that the Japanese domination of STEM fields would flatten out? If the SJW’s think that having universities be proportionate to race is the final solution to equality, what makes them think that all races are the same? What makes them think that blacks and latinos and Koreans all have the same values and interests? What makes them think that every specific job will be absolutely equally represented?
What this reveals is the implicit communism hidden and obscured away from the spotlight. If racism can only be abolished when we have economic equality, then the wealth will have to distributed accordingly. Some authority will have to redistribute the money to make sure it’s equal, as it definitely will never be equal in capitalist system.
Maybe if you think communism is a great idea, then me pointing this little detail out won’t be such a big deal. But to those of us who have taken an economics class, a little communism goes a long way in destroying whatever it touches.
And building off the hidden communism, this definition of racism is divisive by its very nature. Defining racism in the social justice manner divides the world into manichean categories, with clearly identifiable indicators revealing your alignment with the good guys or bad guys. On this view, if a white person is a social justice ally, they are saint-like, benevolent, god-given gifts who act entirely altruistically and are willing to sacrifice their own privilege in order to make the world more just. They are all modern day Robin Hoods, stealing from the privileged and distributing it to everyone else. People like me, however, are either ignorant monsters who know not what they do, or white-supremacist demons who perpetuate slavery and other forms of oppression.
The left likes to parade how ‘tolerant’ they are other cultures and ethnicities, and they paint themselves as being accepting and reasonable. But in reality, they only tolerate you if you share their goal of abolishing traditional western society. To them, ‘diversity’ means a bunch of people who look different but think the same. As this definition shows, they believe there are good guys and bad guys, and this is determined by how much you support the system. Additionally, if you are a minority, your probably a good guy, because you’ve been horribly oppressed and anything you do acts to rebel against that injustice. If you’re white, you’re already a part of the problem, but you can do your part by shutting up and making sure other white people follow suit.
Once again, maybe you’re a fan of a black and white interpretation of the world, with identifiable good and bad guys. But the world is a complicated place, and any ideology which utilizes manichean categories misses a lot of the nuance that characterizes such a world.
There’s another axiom hidden in this definition you might have missed; it’s collectivist. Remember, according to social justice types, you do not act individually but are merely a puppet of the institutions which dictate everything you do. When a white is racist to a black, it is not an individual encounter, but a manifestation of all the white power and privilege attempting to keep all blacks down, a recurrence of hundreds of years of slavery, and a regurgitation of the white-supremacist ethos from which you are not yet ‘woke’. You are not an individual but merely a cog in a machine, and there is only one way you should be spinning.
One of the primary ideas of western civilization is that the individual is sacred and accountable, so it’s no surprise that the people who detest western civilization have abandoned the individual. In fact, this is another revelation pulled from the transcendent postmodernism movement. And then again, this might be another point that won’t convince you. Maybe you do think that group identity (your skin colour, gender, country of birth etc…) is the most important part about you. But I just wanted to point this out for everybody else; for all the individuals who like the idea of autonomy and freedom.
There is an undeniable problem with the collectivist mindset, however; this being that it makes it impossible to distinguish individuals. In accordance with the theme of racism, the social justice definition takes away the ability to notice who is a genuine bigot and who is just a conservative. If every racist act is a gauche propagation of institutional power, with the exact same goal of maintaining that power at the expense of everybody else, then we have a problem. Social justice types say that anyone who acts against their doctrine does this implicitly, whether they understand it or not. But what about people who do this explicitly?
What’s the difference between me, who says that this definition is silly, and Richard Spencer, who says that whites are supreme and all other races weigh us down? According to SJW’s, Spencer just says what I’m thinking subconsciously, and is merely just voicing the indoctrinated thinking that white society has pressed upon me. This is a bold and obviously ineffective political move. I would love to team up with the social justice camps and intellectually humiliate Spencer and his supporters, as his views disgust me. But the SJW’s see me and him as doing essentially the same thing; I’m just a little more careful with my words.
And lastly, I’m far from the first person to notice that this definition of racism is contextual and therefore incredibly complicated. Perhaps we could assume that the SJW’s never expected their new definition to be taken seriously, but if their logic is applied internationally its simplicity inverts on itself.
Let’s take the example of the Japanese. They hold an incredible amount of institutional and economic power, with Japan being one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Even in America, Japanese dominate the SAT’s in universities and the high paying professions in the sciences. So it seems that, proportionately, the Japanese, who account for less than 1% of the population, wield an unjust amount of power and influence. Simultaneously, however, Japanese Americans have a history of being discriminated against, from the 1800’s basically until the 1980’s. So is their history of oppression sufficient to exempt them from being racists? Or does their current power and influence make them just another oppressor?
It’s certainly impossible for Chinese people to be racist to Japanese, as these two nations have a history that consists of the Japanese abusing and exploiting the Chinese seemingly without any regard for human life in the 20th century (Rape of Nanking, anyone?).
And what do we call it when a Korean uses a racial slur against a Latino? Does the answer to this question change if it happens in America, or Brazil, or Korea?
And is it possible to be racist to whites in countries where they hold little to no power and influence? What about in Syria and Iraq, which is and has been undergoing religious cleansing of christians (who are disproportionately white)? In those countries, christians hold little to no power, and there is certainly a history of their abuse and oppression. So maybe you can be racist to whites, but you have to go to Iraq to do it?
I could go on like this much longer. All we have to do is change the location, change the people’s, change the minority, and suddenly the racism equals ability to oppress + history of oppression definition begins to crumble into sand. And just like a grain of sand by itself is insignificant, a sea of sand is enough to swallow an empire. No matter how harmless this definition may seem, there is one thing about it that is clear; it is in no way a passive or non-consequatial definition.
When you apply this definition internationally, you realize that it was constructed exclusively for the purpose of justifying the horrible things SJW’s say about the whites of the west. Most certainly, they have not even considered applying the definition in other contexts, as they are pathologically obsessed with abolishing our tyrannical, patriarchal, white supremacist society.
That’s why it’s important to understand the true danger that such ideological possession presents. Though it may be hard to see, because social justice types hide behind the emancipation of the oppressed, they are just as power hungry as the people they deem their enemies. And if the SJW’s were to acquire the power they desire, they have an excuse to act in a genocidal manner against white people.
I’m not exaggerating here either. We’ve had a century of marxist, collectivist revolutions where the oppressed overthrew their oppressors. While it sounds great, what it amounted to was the extermination of the bourgeois (for us it would be the whites) and the destruction of any capability to compete with a free market without the use of forced labor camps.
Thus, this idea of ‘you can’t be racist to white people’ is not just another brilliant liberal discovery. It’s a machiavellian power move, used to silence the fearful, condemn the opposition, and justify the horrible.