Opinion: Can Minorities Be Racist?

Can black people be racist? Among some members of the left, it’s believed that racism is reduced to a mere formula: prejudice plus power. This ideology often portrays black people and minorities in general as incapable of expressing racism. However, according to Merriam Webster, racism is the belief that racial distinctions that result in an innately superior race. The textbook definition of racism portrays an entirely different and personally more accurate narrative; along with a recent predicament.

On 4 July, in Southern California, a 91-year-old Hispanic man was assaulted repeatedly with a brick by a black woman. It landed him in the hospital with multiple injuries, including broken ribs, broken jaw and cheek. According to an eyewitness, the woman repeatedly told him to “go back to your country, go back to Mexico”. Although the woman did get arrested, detectives determined her motive as ‘unclear’ and decided it wasn’t a hate crime.

It’s extremely hard to believe that when cases like these happen, racism isn’t factored into the equation. There were obvious hate filled words. If the perpetrator was white, would it have made a difference? Does justice depend on the color of the perpetrator’s skin?

Skin color is a vital key to how well news circulates. It can include a victim mentality. Minorites have been ‘victims’ for centuries, especially black people; however, this shouldn’t be a reason to offer prejudiced and maybe even racist people like this woman to get a slap on the wrist for heinous acts.

With situations like this, it’s impossible not to wonder if minorities can be racist against other minorities, or if this falls under the umbrella of prejudice. It’s a question that’s usually left out of political discussions, because of how racism is typically portrayed. Racism is commonly portrayed as black and white, literally. Minority perpetrated hate crimes aren’t a rarity, but they’re not as widely circulated as instances such as Permit Patty where the perpetrators can be doxxed or have legal measures taken rather quickly. There’s not even hard statistics for these instances, but that doesn’t make them any less important. Justice shouldn’t depend on the color of your skin.

While courts may not always recognize racism, individuals still can, but it’s necessary to distinguish hypocrisy when discussing it. Personally, I believe racism will never be fully extinguished because of the human inability to coexist. Yet, there’s still a way to reduce the problem which would include acknowledging hypocrisy when dealing with a sticky subject.

 

 

Photo by: Jerry Kiesewetter

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