So Tumblr doesn’t seem to realize the difference between institutionalized racism/sexism and personally meditated racism/sexism. The difference was defined in the 90’s–yeah, the whole race/power thing isn’t as old as everyone wants you to believe–by a sociologist named James M. Jones. However, most people on Tumblr probably heard about his studies second hand, since most of his analysis is taken out of context. Let me break it down for you so you understand a little better.
Institutionalized racism/sexism is defined by power structure. It’s in the very definition of it all. That’s the patriarchal government, how certain groups are oppressed, etc. That’s what we should be fighting, regardless of your gender, race, sexuality, etc.
Personally mediated racism/sexism is when you are a dick to someone based on their race, sex, and gender. While institution can and does influence this, it is NOT exclusively based on the institution. It is interpersonal. The two elements do influence each other, and you’d be stupid not to realize that.
There is also internalized racism, but I don’t feel the need to explain that. It basically is pretty straightforward, and doesn’t affect my argument.
However, what is important is that, when someone tells you that a black person can’t be racist or a woman can’t be sexist, they are only a third right. They cannot be racist in an institutional sense in countries led by a white male cishet majority. If these people moved to another country, such as, say, China or Nigeria, then it would be a very different story. However, if someone harasses you based on your sexuality, race, gender, etc, then that is a personal attack.
Oh, and food for thought: Tumblr is not America, Britain, or any established nation. It is it’s own nation, created in a cybernetic mainframe. Power lies in the loudest voice, not in any external political parties. Just going by what I see on my dash, it would appear that the majority of people are bisexual on this site. So that would mean that any homophobia and heterophobia IS institutionalized. Just food for thought.
Again, I don’t want to offend anyone, but it is important to educate people who ignore parts of established theories they don’t agree with, and people who just aren’t aware of the history of the terms.