Ok, this is getting dumb.
I have had racist thoughts. Not that I wanted to kill or harm a black person, nor that I wanted them be poor while I wade through my swimming pool of $100 bills. Really my racist thought was, well, they're different and that's sometimes scary. I sometimes feel less safe when a large black male approaches me from a dark alley than when a white female does. Yep, you got me, I am racist.
You have done the same kind of thing. So has [insert multi-billionaire CEO] and [insert random Walmart employee]. So has George Bush and Barack Obama.
The problem is that we are really talking about two different things:
- Racism associated with fear, such as a fear of not belonging or a fear of cultural differences.
- Racism associated with hate, such as targeting a person for harm primarily because of the color of their skin.
I'm guilty of #1, multiple times. I am not guilty of #2.
When people rant about racism being abundant, they are talking about #1. Those people are right. When people rant about racism being unacceptable in any context, they are talking about #2. Those people are right.
When people rant about both things as if they are the same thing, they are wrong.
Can we please distinguish these so we can move on to a more educated debate?