Calling a white person a racist is the the functional equivalent of calling a black person a nigger.
Racist is a racial disparagement aimed at whites, and only whites.
This is not me saying it. This is not a reactionary view, this is the vanguard of social justice saying this.
Now, some racists will say, “but the dictionary says…”
To use the dictionary definition of racism is racism and you are a racist if you use it.
The proper definition of racism, by those who use the word the most is “prejudice plus power“. Racism requires not just prejudice, it also requires privilege. Racism can only flow down from the powerful to the less powerful, it can never flow up. Because non-whites have less power, they can never be racist. They may be bigoted, but not racist. Only whites can be racist because only they have privilege and power.
Before a bunch of “liberals” can bring up their racist individualism, in this case, power only refers to structural power. So, while a specific non-white individual may have more power than a specific white individual, the white individual is part of the structure of power the black individual is not a part of, and therefore has the privilege of that structure. So, even in that case the white can be racist.
Practically all whites have a racial prefence for other whites. 70% of those who have taken the IAT are prejudiced and that’s only among test-takers who, for obvious reasons (ie. those who care most about knowing if they’re prejudiced are likely those least prejudiced), are probably less prejudiced than the average person. As well, just because I person doesn’t exhibit prejudice
All whites are white and therefore benefit from white privilege. All whites have more power than non-whites. Therefore, practically all whites have both power and prejudice. Therefore practically all whites are racist.
Combine with the fact that no non-whites can be racist and it is obvious that racist is racial term that can only be applied to whites.
Racist is definitely a negative term. Nobody is ever called a racist as a compliment. People get fired for being called racist and racists (ie: whites) are generally ashamed to be racists.
The conclusion is inescable: racist is a vicious term of racial disparagement aimed at white people.
Calling a white person a racist is the functional equivalant of calling a black person a nigger.