When I read comments in newspapers and especially on blogs (one local blog in particular, ahem), I am frequently stunned to read how some white people think they're oppressed by some racism because of, of all things, black people especially but minorities in general. Today, on the interweb, I found out why:
Pretty stunning stuff, however wrong:
There’s a saying that “the new racism is to deny that racism exists.” If that is the case, it may explain a study conducted by researchers from Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. Their findings claim that self-described white Americans believe they have “replaced blacks” as the primary victims of racial discrimination in contemporary America.
The authors say that their study highlights how the expectations of a “post-racial” society, predicted or imagined in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidency, has far from been achieved.
The study finds that while both Caucasian and African Americans agree that anti-black racism has decreased over the last 60 years, whites believe that anti-white racism has increased.
And that's all pretty bizarre--and, of course, wrong, deeply wrong--but here's the really big kicker:
...the study finds that the majority of Caucasians believe that anti-white racism is a “bigger problem” than what African Americans face.
Right. Got it. Sure it is. Whatever. Whatever you say, honkie.
”It’s a pretty surprising finding when you think of the wide range of disparities that still exist in society, most of which show black Americans with worse outcomes than whites in areas such as income, home ownership, health and employment.” --Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Sommers, PhD
Yes, it's "pretty surprising", all right.
"Pity party on aisle five!"
If people who are losing their jobs or getting their pay cut or whatever, would realize who's doing that to them---the boss or the corporations, you know, the wealthy people---maybe they'd realize who the real problem is.
But no. Just like with our current president.
Blame the black guy.