Monday, January 7, 2013

Racism or Racialism

It was a toss-a-way line on Insight with Charlie Sykes, but it reinforces a line of thought I've been preaching on for a bit now. 


Brian Fraley of RightWisconsin mentioned that the founder of Kwanzaa was a racist. 

Mikel Holt of the Milwaukee Community Journal quickly shot back that he'll need to talk to Brian about how Blacks can't be racist. 

Mr. Holt's line of thinking comes from the view that only those with power can be racists.  Because the white/European community has the power in the US, they cannot be victims of racism.  Only minorities who as a whole hold no power can be victims. 

It's basically a get of jail free view that any thought or argument a minority doesn't like they can claim racism, but they can use that same viewpoint for their favor and it's not racism.

What conservatives need to do is change their terminology from racist to racialist or racialism. 

According to the "Free Dictionary" on the web racialism is:
a. An emphasis on race or racial considerations, as in determining policy or interpreting events.
b. Policy or practice based on racial considerations
It may seem to be a minor point but words makes a difference and the distinction between a racist and a racialist matter.


Rochelle Fritsch said...
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Rochelle Fritsch said...

I totally agree on your point about the importance of words. As such, I think society tends to throw the "racist" word around too much. In fact, we abuse it. Not that I LIKE the word or concept of "bigot" or "prejudiced" I think those words are far more accurate than racist. It smacks of someone in power who's keeping someone else from the pursuit of happiness based on race, ethnicity, age or gender. And because the sound of "racialism" or "racialist" is so similar, I have to disagree that that particular word is a better alternative.

Sad as it seems, I just wish we'd go back to Archie Bunker / George Jefferson Days and use of "bigot" or "prejudiced." It's far more accurate.

I blogged about this topic awhile back. Here's my take: