Around the world, racism is still a problem that is addressed on a daily basis. People judge each other by their race and usually the majority race is the one who is trying to put down a minority race in that environment. Sometimes, however, reverse racism is also present where the minority race blatantly discriminates against the majority race.
In 2012, the last year where racial statistics are available for hate crime in the US, 52% of the victims were white.
In a recent survey of Americans by Rasmussen reports, the trend of reverse racism seems to be present as part of the national conversation. 37% of respondents said they believed blacks were racist against whites and 18% said they believed Hispanics were the racist against the majority race. The data seems to back up this belief. According to a 2003 US DOJ report, the most common victim of a hate crime was a poor, young single urban dweller who is white.
Is Reverse Racism Really An Issue?
- For a majority of occupations, white men have a 80% greater chance of being given a job than a minority.
- In a recent survey, anti-white bias scored more than a full point higher than anti-black bias on a 10 point scale.
- A Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 44% of Americans believed that discrimination against whites was just as big of a problem as racism directed at minority groups.
- In some specific instances, minorities were promoted in jobs when they were unable to qualify for the promotion – the most publicized case is in New Haven, CT where captain positions.
- There is some suggestion that former Attorney General Eric Holder refused to investigate white voter intimidation by members of the Black Panthers.
First of all, let’s agree that racism in any form is something that is inappropriate in our modern society. The issues that we have and discussions that come about are because we each have different perspectives of what constitutes racism. For someone who can’t get into a college, but a poor kid from a minority race can with lower achievement scores, some might call that racism. Others might call that “leveling the playing field” because the poorer student had fewer opportunities. There are racists in all racial groups. What seems to be the issue here is that whites feel more targeted and when the hate crime statistics back up that data on the surface, it is understandable to see why this feeling is held by so many.
Are Whites Being Under Represented Today?
- At Harvard University, whites make up less than a quarter of the student population, yet make up more than 70% of the US population.
- It is also notable to see that blacks and Hispanics were also under-represented as part of the student population, although not to the same extent.
- As for hate crime, African Americans are more likely to suffer from a hate crime compared to their per capita population than whites, even though whites are targeted more often.
- For individuals in the top 10% of registered IQs, white women make nearly $50k less per year on average than African Americans and are the lowest income racial group.
- Despite progress being made with Affirmative Action in equalization, higher education opportunities drop dramatically for racial minorities when no racial preferences are in place.
- At UW-Madison, the SAT score for African Americans that were admitted was lower than requirements for Asians, Latinos, and whites, sometimes by as much as 150 points.
The issue with reverse racism is that some people take a long-term view of what is morally right and others take a short-term view of what is morally right. Is giving a job to a minority who isn’t as qualified as a white person a form of racism? Does hiring someone because of the color of their skin indicate discrimination? Or is it just a way to make up for centuries of racial oppression that occurred around the world. You’ll get two very different answers from people, which means the divide between who is right and who is wrong is wide. This divide will simply further the chances for racism of any form to continue occurring.
Should Reverse Racism Be Stopped?
- According to Gallup poll data, more than 50% of Americans favor Affirmative Action programs that are extended into workplace hiring practices.
- The same majority believes that these programs should also apply to admission programs for women and racial minorities in higher institutions of learning.
- Almost the same amount of people want to keep Affirmative Action programs in place as they are as those who want them completely eliminated – more than 40% of people believe that these programs should exist, but need to be changed in some way.
- The one primary change that many people would like seen with Affirmative Action is to remove a quota-based system.
- The policies of Affirmative Action have been supported by 7 Republican presidents.
Let’s say that every black worker who is unemployed is able to displace a white worker for a job. Let’s even say that this happens like it did in New Haven where non-qualified individuals were given these jobs at the expense of qualified white workers. The total displacement would be about 2% of the white workforce. If this happened, then yes – those workers would have a legitimate argument about having their way of life affected by reverse racism. The sad reality, however, is that centuries of oppression on the African American community have created attitudes and circumstances that are difficult to overcome, even today. The effects of racism are still present, even with Civil Rights in place. That’s why many see preferential treatment as inclusion rather than reverse racism. Are there instances of reverse racism that occur? Yes and they need to be stopped. It just isn’t as bad of a problem as many might think it is.