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The Problem Of Reverse Racism
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A misunderstood and resented concept among whites, “I can’t understand why blacks can have black churches or other meeting places without it being called racism.” I understand how this situation can cause negative feelings among whites, and though entitled to their feelings; through lack of interpersonal experience and overwhelming corporate promotion of negative racial stereotypes , whites remain intentionally poorly informed about black/white racial relationships within the U.S...

If you are familiar with the concept of recuperative space, a space utilized for rest and healing through retreat, you realize that whites posses an overwhelming degree of such spaces, plus consistent positive input about their racial identity through virtual and written media. Despite affirmative action, blacks however are forced to deal with both outward and covert hostile psychological attacks through: police harassment and brutality, explicit vilification of black men through media, refusal to acknowledge black men as other than gang bangers and rappers – images readily utilized by white corporate media to sell offensive merchandise to disenfranchised urban youth; while dismissing black men that have assimilated healthily into white society in terms of dress, mannerisms and behavior as being like whites, and having no concept of blackness.

Because most whites accept stereotypes of blacks as a reality, blacks that are articulate, intelligent and well assimilated into white – U.S. – society are often found by such whites to be intimidating; challenging to white perception of what is and isn't black and punished for successfully assimilating into U.S. society by being removed from media, the work place and various institutions that interact with the public; while blacks that conform to black racial stereotypes utilized to reinforce the beliefs of whites in their white racial superiority are rewarded by being allowed to remain within settings that ‘uppity’ blacks have been excluded from.

Because of this consistent assault on their character; blacks gather in institutions that actually accept and encourage their healthy presentation as human beings raised and educated within an industrialized, European society. However; even if these institutions have been traditionally black, they have never denied entrance into these institutions to non-blacks either blatantly, or covertly – even those individuals intentionally seeking to usurp and co-opt such places in order to prove a point or become a sanctioned, empowered minority catered to by “decent blacks”.

When blacks speak of racism, they are referring to the demeaning, race based attitudes of those individuals maintaining control of a particular institution and how they are affected by those attitudes by personally and as a group; especially if that institution has declared itself to be a public institution. Most blacks don't have a problem with whites or any other group declaring a space as theirs as long as that space does not require blacks as tax payers to pay for it at their expense.

Black institutions such as black colleges do not depend upon white financial support to maintain their existence. However, a white or Latino student may attend Howard University even though it is a traditionally black college. But what usually happens is that unlike healthily assimilated blacks who enter into white institutions and respect the dominant society whites and other groups usually enter into black institutions and attempt a coup; while accusing those institutions of reverse racism as they dismiss the fact that whites possess a far greater number of institutions then they do. Thus; over time, blacks have had to become protective of their own institutions – institutions that were hard fought for with blood sweat and tears; while protecting their right to enter and be part of the mainstream institutions that declare themselves to be public domains.


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Great article...Reverse Racism is indeed A misunderstood and resented concept among most whites. When whites talk about reverse discrimination, I feel that they are making a silly argument, because what they really want to say is that we, people of color, have the power to do to them what they have done to us from the 13th century. Some people of color are prejudiced against whites however, they lack the power to discriminate against whites on a massive scale. We do not control the economy. We do not control politics — despite the election of Obama. We don’t control much of this country.

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  about 9 years ago

General statements such as "whites and other groups usually enter into black institutions and attempt a coup" without appropriate evidence outlining events leads a reader to surmise a biased or prejudicial slant to your writing. Furthermore, utilizing the term "reverse racism" reinforces stereotypical ideals about racism, e.g. racism is only something that happens to the race of the individual writing/speaking and does not manifest in all types of races. Your article would be better received if the term used was simply 'racism'. Prefacing reverse before the word racism only promotes the assumption that only one particular race is a victim of racism. Having an honest conversation about race begins by breaking down reinforced stereotypes about race, which you so correctly pointed out hinders our relationships within varying social groups.

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  about 1 decade ago
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