Singling out individuals, or groups, based on the colour of their skin, their gender, or their religion. Is it acceptable, on these grounds, to victimize some, but not others? Or, it is never acceptable?
Individuals judged by the content of their character. Has that goal, on a broad scale, warped to become selective prejudice to benefit ourselves?
It seems judging people of colour on the colour of their skin is racism. (Which, of course, it is.) Whilst judging white people on the colour of their skin is not. (Which, of course, it also is.) Judging anyone on the colour of their skin is racism. To do so does not correct the imbalance and the suffering people of colour have faced. It helps keep racism alive. It bolsters and invigorates white extremists. Hate begets hate. Darkness begets darkness. Should we not strive through light, through love, to erode segregation at every turn. Not embolden it as it benefit us and ours. All black people being told to stay home. All white people being told to stay home. Same difference.
Yes, it's easier for someone not of the minority in question to say such. It does not, though, make them wrong. They should not be the one to say it? I think that's kind of the issue. Looking at someone and determining where and how they can be.
I do not hail from America. I am not a person of colour. I am (as best I can determine) a cisgenger male. Does this invalidate my opinion? Does this make me unable to contribute? Is that not the very same sort of thinking that allowed prejudice to flourish through racism, and sexism.
Northern Ireland has its own problems concerning hate and segregation. I have experienced suffering. Is my suffering somehow less? Does victimisation and suffering for a, b, and c, somehow carry more worth than for x, y, and z. Can a US citizen person of colour and a catholic/protestant from Northern Ireland not empathise with one another, support one another, from what they've experienced due to skin colour or religious upbringing. I may not know what it's like to be sexually harassed as a woman. I may not know what it's like to be caused bodily harm as a person of colour. I've still experienced both, though. Grading experiences via identity markers, or refuting it altogether, is horrid.
I'd like to see elaboration on what spiralled out of the media thread. I cannot comprehend that we can be so far apart on these issues. Misunderstanding. Sure. Helping each other better understand is surely preferable to, well, other less civilised approaches which we tend to see.