Archived: In Places Where Blacks Predominate, Can They Be Racist

Luke Visconti’s Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers.


Question:

Amazing. You said blacks can’t be racist towards whites in the USA. What would you call the attacks on the white girls in California by a group of blacks recently

What about areas, like cities, where blacks predominate Can the powers that be, the blacks in this case, be racist

And if race is based on hierarchy in the U.S. as you said, it is assumed you meant whites were at the top. Is this not a racist statement

Answer:

By any measurement of economic and political power, whites dominate our society.

Therefore, black people can be bigots, homophobes, misogynists or haters of any other group, but they can’t be racist.

I’m done with this subject; this last post will serve as an answer to all the angry people who e-mailed me, including the guy who quoted Webster (who was a white guy, too).

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