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Racism has 2 sidesby
When you hear the word 'racism', what's the first thing that comes to mind? It's usually something along the lines of 'white guy opressing black guy', right? That's the widely accepted definition of racism. But there's more to it than that.
While 'white guy opressing black guy' is very bad and should be done away with, we should be careful exactly how we try to go about getting rid of it.
The South African government, having done away with apartheid a few years back, is still trying to bring forth some sort of equality. This 'equality', while a good thing to have, isn't really all that equal. Example: white guy and black guy both apply for the same job. White guy incidentally has slightly better qualifications, but black guy gets the job, because the company doing the hiring has to have a certain percentage of black employees to be considered 'politically correct'. Now, if black guy had the better qualifications, but white guy got the job, everyone would be screaming "RACIST WHITE TRASH" at the company in question, right? So why doesn't anybody make a noise now? It's still racism, no matter which way around it is, it's still unfair.
We're fighting racism with more racism. Sounds kind of weird to say, but that's what it all boils down to. OK, I guess in a way it's nice to give previously disadvantaged people a little bit of an advantage to get them going, but how far are we going to take it? So far that white people end up on the streets begging for spare change, while everyone that's not white has a decent job? That's not right either, is it? Somewhere along the line, this 'twisted' equality has to get straightened out, before too many whiteys get pissed and start asking for apartheid back again, sad as that may be.
1 January 2003