But when I am asked, “Can people of color be racist?” I reply, “The answer depends on your definition of racism.” If one defines racism as racial prejudice, the answer is yes. People of color can and do have racial prejudices. However, if one defines racism as a system of advantage based on race, the answer is no. People of color are not racist because they do not systematically benefit from racism. And equally important, there is no systematic cultural and institutional support or sanction for the racial bigotry of people of color. In my view, reserving the term ‘racist’ only for behaviors committed by Whites in the context of a White-dominated society is a way of acknowledging the ever-present power differential afforded Whites by the culture and institutions that make up the system of advantage and continue to reinforce notions of White superiority.
Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.
"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race
A system of advantage based on race.
I could quote this entire book but you should just run out and get it.
It no longer shocks me that people STILL don’t understand this concept. There is no such thing as reverse racism, people.
Brasilian CNA students speak with elderly Americans to practice their English. Great program.