Institutionalized Racism? Maybe, But Certainly Not Against Blacks

On my own personal website I received a message from a young black woman. She said to me, “I just want to let you know that if you deny that POC are disproportional disadvantaged and are subject to wide spread institutionalized racism then what you’re really saying is that the reason black people are more likely to be poor imprisoned, uneducated etc. is because they are just naturally like that. It has to be or the other. Of course the latter is an inherently racist stance. Thus you are a racist. That’s why I, as black woman, see you as my enemy.”

All typos in that remark are hers and hers alone; I simply copied and pasted it. To spare you having to look up what the term “POC” is, allow me to explain:

“POC” is what the social-justice and young-liberal crowd sanctimoniously call black people. It stands for the archaic “people of color,” which is the same as saying “colored,” which is deemed by these same people to be a racist term unless it’s coming from a fellow liberal.

The woman’s first claim, at least by implication, is that there is institutionalized racism, and seeing that our conversation had specifically to do with black people, that there is institutionalized racism specifically against black people.

Claiming the existence of institutionalized racism against blacks is the sole reason liberals give for supporting affirmative action laws. You see, here in America we have programs and institutions that favor and give extra rights specifically to black people (because they deserve special treatment, it is said). And yet…there’s institutionalized racism? How is there institutionalized racism against blacks when blacks are protected by our institutions? What we have is institutionalized favoritism to blacks, and to a lesser extent other minorities, and institutionalized racism against whites. The very existence of affirmative-action laws is itself institutionalized anti-white discrimination. So how can one claim that society’s various institutions are inherently anti-black when, for the purposes of diversity, it is those very institutions that favor blacks?

The next claim the woman makes is, “[W]hat you’re really saying is that the reason black people are more likely to be poor imprisoned, uneducated etc. is because they are just naturally like that.” She then calls this a racist position.

One, it is not racist to say that blacks are more likely to be imprisoned when it is a fact that the majority of prisoners are black. Two, it is not racist to say that blacks are more likely to be uneducated (than whites, I assume?) when blacks perform worse in school than whites.

What would be racist would be to suggest that blacks cannot achieve the same low levels of incarceration as whites or cannot achieve the same test scores as whites. But I will not and never have claimed that.

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