hello, today i was talking with some friends and they were saying that people can be racist against whites. I said they can't bc racism is a system of oppression that whites benefit from, so they can experience prejudice, but not racism. They said I was wrong and I was being racist to whites (im white too?) and I was just wondering if you have some arguments/ sources I could use if this comes up again.
There’s always pointing out that the effects of “reverse racism” are actually petty and insignificant. Have them explain to you an instance in which they suffered from racism, listen politely, then show them an article about the prison industrial complex and how it disproportionately affects people of color. The government and many private corporations literally profit from throwing people of color in prison.
If that doesn’t move them, maybe these charts on who is represented the most in Congress will help (hint: the statistics do not in anyway reflect the actual racial make-up of America, which is what makes them so hard to bear). Having a black president is not as progressive as it sounds when you realize that 80% of Congress is white.
Or, you could talk about the fact that black people have to attain higher levels of education than their white peers in order to have the same chances to be considered for a job. Meaning, a white man with a high school diploma has a better chance of getting a job than a black man with the same diploma. In order for the black man to have an equal chance, he has to have an associate degree or more. This leads to higher percentages of unemployment in the black community.
So, to sum it all up: people of color (and more specifically, black people) are underrepresented, over-incarcerated, and undervalued in comparison to their white peers.
To me, that sounds 100% like the system was set up to benefit white people by pushing down people of color.
Hopefully your friends will start to wake up a bit.