While we move forward to that goal of a world not dominated by “racial” issues, as this column in today’s Los Angeles Times points out, we do need to take into account that right or wrong, many Whites do feel that gains for others mean that they are being oppressed. The important thing is not whether that is actually happening but that it is their perception that it is. And to that degree we need to at least be aware of that and make sure no one feels that they are being disciminated against so another can gain. That isn’t always easy to do, but it is important that we try to make it clear we are not about anybody having a superior position in our society or world, just that all be treated equally.
Here is an excerpt from the column:
White respondents also saw anti-black bias decline through the decades, but even more dramatically than blacks did, from 9.1 in the 1950s to 3.6 in the 2000s. More significantly, whites also saw anti-white bias shoot up from 1.8 to 4.7 in the same period. As the researchers concluded, over the decades there was a “complete reversal” in whites’ perception of racism. By the 2000s, whites considered anti-white bias to be a greater social problem than anti-black bias.
Norton and Sommers don’t waste time pondering the veracity of that conclusion. By any metric, they write, “from employment to police treatment, loan rates to education — statistics continue to indicate drastically poorer outcomes for black than white Americans.” Instead, they figure this historic flip-flop is not about objective conditions but about how whites conceptualize bias. Norton and Sommers conclude that whites, unlike blacks, view racism as a zero-sum game, a situation in which one side’s gain automatically results only from the other’s loss.
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