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Can white people be victims of racism? Show more Show less

In 2011 Harvard and Tufts universities published a landmark study into American attitudes to racism. Many found their findings surprising. White respondents believed their communities were subject to more racism than their black counterparts. Their belief was that post-civil rights efforts to correct anti-black prejudice had come at the expense of white people. But this idea of"reverse racism" frequently comes under fire . As study co-author Samuel Sommers writes, ""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." In the decade since the paper was published, this debate has become more central to the political agenda. Investigating prejudice, identity and ethnicity, has become critical to understanding how racism is performed and reproduced. So, can white people be victims of racism?

"Yes! Of course white people can be victims of racism!" Show more Show less

This perspective looks at the everyday prejudices faced by white people as proof that they can be victims of racism.
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Whites suffer systemic racism

The media is responsible for false narratives on systemic oppression. Whites are the key targets in this racist campaign tearing across the Western world. A glance at the racial profiles of people killed by American police make a very clear case for this. Whites are twice as likely to be shot to death at the hands of law enforcement. The same is true of police brutality: 75% of people shot by police (whether fatal or not) are white. This is undoubtedly a question about entrenched oppression - one symptomatic of a society with anti-white racism at its heart. Proponents include Fox anchor Andrew McCarthy.
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