Posts Tagged ‘Oppression’

“Since racism involves power and oppression, it follows that only the dominant group can be racist. In the US, this means that only whites can be racist. People of color cannot be racist because they don’t have the power. Many whites strenuously object to this argument and say, “I know plenty of people of color who hate whites.” True enough, there are people of color who are prejudiced. However, people of color are not racist because they lack the collective power to oppress whites as a group.” — Pincus, Fred L., Understanding Diversity: An Introduction to Class, Race, Gender & Sexual Orientation (2006): 57. ISBN13: 978-1588264022

Based on this understanding, we may come to the conclusion that it is not possible for women to be sexist, since they lack the collective power to oppress men as a group. Likewise, the working class cannot be accused of engaging in class warfare because as a group they don’t have the collective power to oppress the wealthy or the multinational corporations owned by the wealthy.

Cross-posted from Green Polity

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