Racism Is Racist Or Racist Joke? Essay

1861 Words Apr 26th, 2016 8 Pages
“A black guy tells his doctor each time he has sex with a white girl his eyes hurt. His doctor replies ‘Yes, you are probably allergic to pepper spray.’” Is that a racist joke? What about “Why shouldn’t white people go swimming? Because crackers are soggy when wet.” Is this a racist joke? They’re both making fun of a race group, but completely different. The joke comparing white people to wet crackers has no impact on anyone, but the joke comparing black men to rapists perpetuates stereotypes and is very detrimental to black men. Reverse racism is considered being racist or racism to the dominant racial group. Though, that definition doesn’t work because of how racism works. So, it really it is not a thing. Reverse racism does not exist because of how racism works, white privilege, and there is not true example of it.
Everyone seems to know the meaning of the word racism but not sure of how it works. Racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race (Merriam-Webster). This definition is commonly thrown around by white people, but they are not aware that the word is not able to be thrown back and forth between racial groups. For example, a New York writer wrote “Black racism hides behind alleged victimhood. Every act of bigotry, from name-calling to race riots to murder, is justified by the claim that every single white person is part of a conscious or…

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