Racism in America is asymmetric. Many white arguments against racism assume a symmetry that just is not there. Being black in America is not the mirror image of being white. If only. It is a false symmetry because nearly all the power is on one side and not the other. Institutional white power makes it asymmetric.
Comparing black racism to white racism is like comparing a bicycle to a car.
Why this is so:
- The numbers: For every black person in America there are more than five whites. Even if everyone is equally racist, blacks will still experience five times more racism.
- The money: For every $1 of wealth that blacks as a whole have, whites have $53. In American society money and power pretty much go together.
In addition to greater numbers and greater wealth and the knock-on effects that has on government and business, whites by and…
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