Personally I think that the topic should either be in a new thread (seeing as this thread wasn't originally intended for this purpose). I don't believe that african americans are racist. I believe that some of us have some predjudices based on our history however. There is a difference between the two.
prejudice 1 : injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one's rights; especially : detriment to one's legal rights or claims
2 a (1) : preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge b : an instance of such judgment or opinion c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics
racist 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
LOL-YOU DELETED PART OF THAT DEFINITION OF RACISM TO SUPPORT YOUR ARGUMENT. Here is the WHOLE, UNALTERED DEFINITION:
(also, you manipulated the definition: "racist" is not "a belief that..." You meant "racism," as the CORRECT definition shows). www.dictionary.comrac•ism
( P ) Pronunciation Key (rszm)
1.The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
Obviously HBCU does this. 'I don't like white people' seems to fit the bill. Disliking an individual because of their race is racism as per the second part of the definition you quoted from. There is NO DIFFERENCE than saying I don't like Person X because he/she is black.
Also, you state “I believe that some of us have some predjudices based on our history however.” Well, prejudice is synonymous with racism, pursuant to part 2 of the definition that you cite. Two implications- first, that you cited only the part helpful to your claim while concealing what is equally relevant, thereby perpetuating intellectual dishonesty. Second, you concede that blacks can be prejudiced, and prejudice is an element of racism, as per your own definition. By your own claim you are capable (and concede to engage in) racism.
n 1: the prejudice
that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races
2: discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race
[syn: racialism, racial discrimination]
Two implications. First, prejudice is an element of racism, as stated above. You concede to being prejudiced- you thereby bind yourself to racism, or at least to the very same thinking that supports racism.
Second, part two of the definition also applies. 'I don't like whites' seems like abusive behavior directed at a race. Or, if it's not, then neither is saying 'I don't like blacks.' You cannot have it both ways so you might attempt to feign consistency. Racism is either bad or it’s not, you cannot have it both ways. Racist blacks are in no position of moral superiority over racist whites.
( P ) Pronunciation Key (bgt)
One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race
, or politics and is intolerant
of those who differ.
Partial to race? I’d say that describes you and HBCU pretty well.
In sum, I advise the following:
1. Do not bastardize definitions and contort things to fit your agenda. This is dishonest and erodes any credibility you might have retained. You should have learned about this in undergrad. It’s called “academic dishonesty.” I’ve never seen a strawman argument pulled out of a definition before.
2. Either condemn racism AND prejudice, or don't. But if you don't, you have no right to ever complain when you're on the losing side of it. Either racism AND prejudice are bad, or they're not. I maintain that they are BOTH bad, even assuming that you had articulated a relevant implication from any distinction between the two (which you did not). Also, EVEN IF your distinction is relevant, the two are still bound up together, as per the definitions I cite above. This means that if you’re prejudiced against/for a race (which you concede) you are also a definitional racist.
3. Hypocrisy makes you look bad, so you might attempt to fix that. Your position is akin to saying, "I hate racism, but only if it's against me." That is a disgusting position and you owe it to yourself to re-examine the reasons causing you to adopt such a view. Hatred is ugly, no matter who spews it.
4. If you want to debate this, please make coherent arguments. I expect you to dismiss this post with something similar to "shut up whitey" or "blacks cannot ever be racist, only whites are." Please surprise me with something more compelling. Also, please attempt to be responsive to my arguments. Or, you can simply forfeit your untenable positions. PWN3D