Michael Brown on When Humpty Dumpty Writes the Dictionaries

Merriam-Webster said it will “revise the entries of other words that are related to racism or have racial connotations.” (Unsplash/Pisit Heng)

On July 14, I tweeted, “There’s a new definition of racism which claims that only the dominant culture can be racist, but that is patently false. If you hate or judge or mistreat another person because of their race, you’re a racist, whether you’re in the minority or not. The sword cuts both ways.”

I’m aware, of course, that for some people this is a matter of semantics. But all too often, I’ve seen this new definition serve as a cloak for racial hatred, the mentality being, “If I’m in the minority, I can hate and despise those of another race without being a racist.”

Put another way, based on the new definition, racism is a one-way street.

So, you can hate whites as whites. You can treat whites in the ugliest ways simply because they are white. You can consider whiteness to be sinful and inferior. But if you live in a white majority country, you are not a racist.

Conversely, you can hate Blacks as Blacks. You can treat Blacks in the ugliest ways simply because they are Black. You can consider blackness sinful and inferior. But if you live in a Black majority country, you are not a racist.

All that is preposterous. After all, if you were a member of the Klu Klux Klan in America, an out and proud, white supremacist racist, and for some reason, you had to relocate to Nigeria, would you then cease to be defined as a racist because you are in the tiny minority?

Dez’Ray responded to my tweet, saying, “NOPE. What you are describing is prejudice. Racism = Power + Prejudice”

I answered, “Nope. That’s the new definition. People arbitrarily changed the meaning of a word to suit a political viewpoint. Come up with a different word to describe a real problem; don’t change the historic meaning of another one.”


I replied, “I am a linguist.”

Dez’Ray answered, “If you say so.”

And then, “You should not at all be speaking on this, considering that you are clearly showing that you know so little. There is nothing wrong with taking the time to better educate yourself.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News