Dictionary.com defines racism as “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.”
Nothing in that definition excludes a person of any particular race from being racist.
However, Ted Thornhill, the professor known for his “White Racism” class at Florida Gulf Coast University, recently said that — despite the name of his class requiring an adjective — black racism simply doesn’t exist:
Thornhill quoted American Sociological Association President Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, who said that racism constituted power plus systemic privilege.
“Blacks did not develop and benefit from a centuries-old comprehensive system of racial oppression comprised of laws, policies, practices, traditions and an accompanying ideology — one that promotes the biological, intellectual and cultural superiority of whites to dominate other groups,” the professor wrote. “Europeans and their white descendants, however, did.”
Thornhill is promoting the argument that racism requires prejudice plus “power” in order to be actual racism.
That definition is a prime example of trying to change reality to fit one’s own worldview. It’s designed as a “get out of jail free” card allowing the Leftist philosophy of judging people by DNA to not conflict with its claim that it’s the true anti-racist movement.
Thornhill can’t grasp that the law explicitly outlaws discrimination due to race in any way. He still perpetuates the myth that somehow minorities are oppressed in our system. The truth is, if minorities were oppressed, a public university wouldn’t allow a class on “white racism.”
It’s also worth noting that no matter how often people like Thornhill claim minorities can’t be racist, he refers to “white racism” in his course description. If racists are inherently Caucasian, then why is any adjective needed? Wouldn’t the term “racism” be sufficiently descriptive?
Then again, maybe he knows the truth. Maybe he knows that racist thoughts have nothing to do with “power,” but he can’t acknowledge that reality and still be a part of his movement.
If blacks and Hispanics can be racists, for example, then they’re just human beings like white people. Tell me, Mr. Thornhill, how is judging everyone by the same high standards a bad thing?