. . it cannot count as racism, so it has to be claimed that it is ill will in disguise, or have its significance downplayed, or its existence denied.” Mills is referring to what Garcia calls, “The Kiplingesque Racist.” An example of a
Kiplingesque Racist would be a European Colonizer that believes non-White people are ignorant and backwards and therefore robs them of their own freedom and rights in order to “improve” or “civilize” them. When it comes to extreme paternalism, the European who
Colonized doesn’t have ill will towards non-Whites, and may even have the perception of them having superiority, but desires to “help” them become “civilized.” Another example would be a recent controversy with a Dove commercial. Dove racially insensitive ad that showed a black woman taking off her brown shirt to uncover a white woman wearing a lighter colored shirt. Many people viewed the ad as racist because it inferred the use of Dove soap would make you “white.” Dove’s intention was to be inclusive and show diversity, it came across as racist.
In both cases, Mills argues that according to Garcia’s conception of racism, these Kiplingesque racists wouldn’t be deemed as racist since they have no vicious ill will. Mills argues that it is the …show more content…
This contradicts Garcia’s conception of racism, which holds that racist beliefs and actions are secondary to racism in the intents, desires, and wishes of a person. Garcia tries to convince his readers that this person’s beliefs are influenced by her desire to keep the social and economic order stationary so she continues to reap the benefits of an inferior black race, and “if so, her beliefs are relevantly motivated and affected by (instrumental) ill-will, her desire to gain by harming others.” Thus, through imposing an ill will on the Kiplingesque racist, Garcia can account for the racism present within his conception. However, I think in doing so, Garcia doesn’t do his conception justice by failing to acknowledge the second form of racism as a separate entity strong enough to defend against Mills conception on its own (without evoking an ill will). Garcia did not have to stipulate that her beliefs were motivated by an ill-will to claim the Kiplingesque racist is indeed racist within his account. Garcia’s conception of racism conceives of it in two forms; there is the vicious form of racism that involves ill will, and there is also racism as a disregard in its derivative