Tag: sexism

You Cannot Be Racist Against White People (And Other Inanities)

Sometimes you just have to sit down and address the craziness of the world around you. First, we are blessed to have all the entertainment and culture we can handle on a daily basis, much of which can be found on the Internet. Second, we are often perplexed by those very things that are supposed to be culturally elevated when we see how dumb they can be.

One of the better websites for a collection of a links is the Instapundit blog, written by University of Tennessee Law Professor, Glenn Reynolds. Today, Reynolds linked to a Huffington Post article by Barbara Holm, a comedian. This particular essay is titled, Sexism Against Men? I Wish.

Holm has a story to tell about being an MC to an all male audience where she was hit on pretty hard. Some of the men in the audience thought hitting on a young comedian was cool. If they scored, it would be even better. She cried. That’s understandable but from there she poses the idea that it is impossible to be sexist to a male.

Sexism (definition): 

1. Discrimination based on gender, especially discrimination against women.

2. The belief that one gender is superior to the other, especially that men are superior to women.

Although sexism is a term usually reserved for women to use against men, it is also defined as applying to men. Women can obviously be sexist with relation to men, although the opposite is supposed to be the norm.

My point is that her statement is wrong by definition. She goes on with the fallacy that “one cannot be racist against white people”. There is certainly a cognitive disconnect here.
This is about as inane as one can get. If this is Holm’s entry for a critical thinking essay, she has a problem. Let’s look at the definition of the term.
Racist (definition):
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.

Notice that there are no directional arrows in the definition. Discrimination works in all directions, between all races. If you are white and make a trip to Mexico, you will find that you are discriminated against in many ways. I understand that the Japanese are among the most racist people in the world. Ditto for the Chinese. Racism knows no season or bounds.

It is also a recognized fact that many black people don’t like white people. Black people can be racist toward white people. Institutions in the United States discriminate against white people in favor of blacks. College admission practices have been argued in the Supreme Court (U of Texas and U of Michigan) because black and Hispanic kids are given preference over other races. These cases are well known and documented. There certainly is such a thing as reverse discrimination, especially when people like Holm define discrimination as white against black. This is not rocket science.
I am not discussing the issue of affirmative action. I am simply addressing the fact that white people are subjected to racism, too, although not as severe as what black people suffer.
Barabara Holm is wrong in her assertions. Sometimes all it takes is a little experience and a dictionary to get it right.