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Can white people be victims of racism? Show more Show less
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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, 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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Institutional or systemic power is not a necessary component of racism.

Racism refers to the belief that some races are inferior to others. While this belief can be combined with social powers to disadvantage groups, power is not imperative in constructing racism. People can believe they are superior to other races, even if they are part of a discriminated group in their environment themselves.
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