Any group of people can experience racial prejudice or discrimination. Racism refers to “prejudice in addition to the socialized powers at play.”
But, since the Atlantic Slave Trade, the power dynamics that exist for black people are different.
Any political, social, or economic gains by black people somehow seem to undermine white people’s lives. They feel threatened and claim reverse racism. Reverse racism ignores the current power dynamics and structures that are in place today that keep white people privileged and oppresses minorities. These power dynamics do not support an even playing field, which gives white people advantages in life, ranging from education, housing, jobs, etc. Reverse racism also disregards institutionalized racism.
White people benefit from institutional racism and unfair power dynamics. The anxieties of the silent majority disregard the experiences of black communities. White people can live without the fear of being harassed, discriminated against, and killed for their skin color. They have the privilege to be seen as humans and individuals rather than representatives for their race. Minorities do not have that luxury and are forced to fight for fundamental human rights.