The College Fix thecollegefix.com 22 Dec, 2020 21:45 am

Calling everything ‘racist’ makes the term meaningless, sociology professor warns

Calling everything ‘racist’ makes the term meaningless, sociology professor warns
A sociology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently wrote an essay where she argued that the term "racist" and charges of racism…

“The charge of racism can be reputation-destroying and have long-term psychological effects,” Redstone said.“With this mistake, the antiracist emboldens the racist,” Redstone said.“We need a recalibration to again connect this important taboo to infractions that are recognized by a cross-section of the population, not just by antiracist activists who—passionate about justice though they are—have a view of the world that bewilders many people,” Redstone said.For example, opposition to affirmative action and support for increased border restrictions are two positions labeled racist under the expanded definition.

After all, affirmative action was intended to benefit members of under-represented minorities; and much of the immigration to the West in the 21st century involves non-white migrants.But one might have non-racist motives for such views, including concerns over whether affirmative action is the best way to help the targeted groups.

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