> “Racism” isn’t a generalization.
Agree. But my dispute has been with “white privilege” and “white supremacy”. This is a generalisation. It is referring to racism, but propagated by a specific group. That is, if you are white, you *always* are more privileged than another group. There needs to be a clear definition of “privilege” in this context and a quantifiable way to measure it, otherwise it is meaningless.
> Institutionalized discrimination is real. It exists, and has existed, for a long long time.
Of course. But my issue is with “white institutionalized discrimination”. During times of slavery, you could certainly say there was “white institutionalized discrimination”. But we are very far beyond that now. The norm of today is that racism is wrong, and there is a vast majority who believe that.
> and hence should not be working so very hard to invalidate.
It propagates this false idea of widespread “white supremacy”.
a racist ideology centered upon the belief, and promotion of the belief, that white people are superior in certain characteristics, traits, and attributes to people of other racial backgrounds and that therefore white people should politically, economically and socially rule non-white people.
Sara’s childhood story describes her being picked on by a young white girl who saw that Sara was different. If a black kid picks on a white kid. Is this “black supremacy”.
Would you rather believe that this girl thinks that her race is superior. Or that she just sees someone different to her, who she will bully.
> I’m describing privilege — the belief ingrained in white girls and white boys, from a young age, that they are the center of the human universe.
Its not true.
Here is why I “work so very hard to invalidate”.
There is real racism. Real white supremacy. Real institutionalised discrimination. The dangerous stuff. That we should never lose sight of it.
But these notions of “white privilege” obfuscate these real dangers, and paint a false picture of the problem.