Tuesday, June 9, 2009

You can't reverse racism or sexism...

Reverse racism? What the hell is that? Reverse sexism is just a bad joke, and I won't even try to explain it. It's such an offensive statement.

I am aware of what people like to refer to as reverse racism, but let me tell you all something, it does not exist. Why? Because it is not possible, neither is reverse sexism. I would say class warfare/rising of the proletariat isn't possible either, but I am adhere to Marx's philosophy so I hope it is possible.

People use a simple definition for racism: hatred for another or all ETHNIC GROUPS that different from your own. Ok, I see how you can reverse that, but that is not what is meant when politicians-typically White males- holler about reverse racism. Racism in the sense they are using it is the rule and access to the institutions of society, which have been formed by White men. They are still held by White men, so when a person of color is able to achieve a position of power and alter the legal, educational, family, religious, etc structures in the country, it is called reverse racism. In regards to policies that are imposed by the government or the rule of institutions in society, this whole notion of reverse racism is a myth. White males, still are the majority of the elected officials, and even if there was an influx of people of color or women to elected positions, they would have to change these institutions entirely and have them favor only people of color/women before it would be reverse anything. And maybe it's just me, but in my idealistic leftist mind that's not possible. If it became more equal in this country, that does not imply that White men are losing out. It does state that being a White man is a mandatory qualification for so many positions. It's that simple to me, so don't buy into the reverse racism talk. It's all spin. They know that it's not possible, because the system we have is not all bad (and that's a lefty saying it), but no one can deny the history that is attached to it and the future will not change this unless we do something to promote diversity and equal access to education, political offices, and change the familial structure to something more equal. So many groups have been marginalized, and maybe now we can increase their access to the positions that so many have dreamed about for centuries. We need to get it together in this country... We are world leaders, whether we like it or not, and we need to show the rest of the world the value of treating all of its citizens fairly and equally. It's one thing to also give lip service to equality and the words of our Founding Father, "all men [sic] are created equal," but is a completely radical notion to actually live by them. And while this country is flawed, and always has been, we can correct past mistakes by making a better way for future Americans. Yeah, it may seem corny and overly idealistic, but what else can we do? We can not allow this system to keep out children's children in the same cycle of hate and privilege for a few. I know I don't want that for my family nor yours.