While I would not try to argue that it is possible for reverse systemic racism in the US, an African American individual can certainly be racist if he believes that people of African ancestry are racially superior to people of European ancestry. This is especially the case if the racist has wealth and power to a greater extent than the vast majority of white people. Imagine the wealthy and powerful African-American racist telling some uneducated, Appalachian coal-miner that he deserves his low status position in life because he is racially inferior. Do you think that wouldn’t be racist?
Are you saying that if an African-American president of the United States were to make the claim that his race is innately superior to whites, he still wouldn’t be racist because he doesn’t have power?
I’ll grant you, this sort of racism isn’t a big problem, but it is theoretically possible, which disproves the presupposition by Beecham.
The problem is that she has redefined racism to suit the argument. The new definition of racism includes the idea of systemic racism, drops the word systemic. The problem is that by broadening the definition, the old definition is still contained. No alternative word for the standard definition of racism is offered.
This is all just a matter of semantics. It’s not a new rhetorical trick. You just need to fall in a rabbit hole to use it.
“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less".
’ ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ’
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
You even switch to using the term systemic racism half way through your article because even to you just saying reverse racism isn’t clear.
So, let’s agree that reverse systemic racism can’t exist as a practical matter in the US at this time, but an African-American can certainly be racist against European-Americans and against POC.
On white privilege, you started out well by saying that it is not having your race be a disadvantage. After that you sound ridiculous: “It means that you could sleep at night, knowing that the police aren’t going to barge in your house and shoot you”. Do you really think white people aren’t subject to no-knock police raids? Your rabbit hole is deep.