Discrimination In Masha Gessen's Reverse Racism?

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Racism has been around since Europeans started taking Africans out of their homelands and forcing them to work on plantations as slaves. Since then it has grown into an incredibly large issue that seems to be everywhere. However, a new question about racism is appearing, and it has a new name. Reverse racism. Whites use this term when sharing stories about being oppressed or having negative comments made about their skin color. Many find this “new” racism pointless; others say it should just be called racism. The question centering this argument is: can Caucasians experience reverse racism? The white race has been the racial majority and the biggest oppressors for most of history. It seems highly unlikely that such a large, privileged …show more content…
It is not possible for a Caucasian to experience discrimination of any kind because of their skin color. There might be other reasons as to why they do, but skin color is not one of them. Whites have a lot of privilege; they always have, because they are the majority. In the New York Times a Russian immigrant, Masha Gessen, writes about her experiences moving to America. She was trying to get an idea of the neighborhood so she asked a neighbor to see what information she could get. Her neighbor, then told her to stay away from a park in Harlem because “she had been the target of racist remarks” (Gessen 2). Gessen expressed her disliking for the use of the term racist because of the fact that this woman was white and stated “I knew there was no such thing as reverse racism: you cannot be the object of racial discrimination if you are a member of the powerful majority” (Gessen 2). Reverse discrimination does not occur and that is something Gessen expressed deeply in her …show more content…
White privilege has to do with getting away with certain actions or being accommodated to for being white. It does not mean that all white people grew up in mansions while surrounded by gold bars. The reverse discrimination claims made by Caucasians are basically rude comments or affirmative action doing what it is supposed to do. It is in no way oppression or racism. In a different article one man stated that “‘whites have never really felt terribly secure in their majority status,’ he says. ‘It’s often said that it is lonely at the top, but it’s also an anxious place to be, because you live in constant fear of falling’” (Blake 3). This man understands that whites have privileges, but then justifies their terrible actions by stating that they needed to do it to stay the majority. In the book The New Racism: Reverse Discrimination in America the author says “... it will be the black society that will acquire superior rights and benefits at his expense” (Lokos 388). This is another example of whites claiming that they are being oppressed because people of color are gaining power. Lokos went on for over a page about how Caucasians are losing their privileged status and people of color are going to oppress them now. People of color just want equality; they do not want to oppress the white race. The victimization of Caucasians needs to stop because

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