Racism is absurd but reverse racism is ok?
Published: Monday, November 14, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:11
The term "reverse racism" may be unfamiliar to some, so to ensure this article is understood to its full extent, the term will be defined prior to any opinion being stated. "Reverse racism" can be defined as a term that describes the outcome of a group of people that try to protect a minority group so aggressively that it actually leads to hypocrisy.
Although this topic may be considered a controversial one, the issue exists whether people want to admit it or not. Not only does it exist but I have seen this term illustrated in the hallways of Georgia State. As a matter of fact, the purpose of this article is to call attention to this issue and serve as an eye opener to anyone who chooses to read further.
This term never occurred to me until I experienced it myself. I was unaware there was even a descriptor designated to this topic. However, when I entered college I began to notice different student organizations that were geared toward a specific racial or ethnic group. At first, I did not think twice about the idea. As I looked in to various groups to become affiliated with, I was stunned to see student organizations aimed at only one race or one ethnic background.
I do not understand how it is ok for a flyer on a bulletin board in Georgia State's hallway to read "1st Annual Black Student Film Festival." Posters such as these really strike a nerve in me, and just for clarity, I have no qualms with any race, ethnic background or religion for that matter. I am a well-rounded individual with a diverse circle of friends. My issue lies within these posters, organizations and overall societal behaviors that are acceptable for a minority group but not acceptable for a group that is the majority. This hypocrisy stems from the fear of possibly offending another race, but instead of ensuring equality and fairness, the aforementioned fear causes a shift in societal norms.
Referring back to this poster, if this poster was altered slightly in the favor of the race that makes up the majority of the campus, it would most likely be received as racist. I am not aware of any event geared toward only white students, because this would be offensive.
This mentality can also be seen through the student organizations that are offered at Georgia State. There are actually more than 300 student organizations on campus that range widely in variety. Although many of the multicultural organizations strive to educate others about their culture and are open to all Georgia State students, some are slightly less inviting.
For example, the African Students Association "was established to foster and enhance the intellectual and socio-cultural development of its members through educational and socicultural activities," according to the synopsis given on the university's website. If the idea is to promote diversity and enhance intellectual and sociocultural development, why is this organization aimed solely at African American Students? What is even more mind blowing is the organization's "purpose statement" that also appears on the website. The statement explains that the purpose is "To unite all Africans on the Georgia State University campus together and create a powerful force on the campus that educates the Georgia State family on the different cultures found within Africa." There are no statements to be found welcoming all students.
Another organization, National Council of Negro Women, demonstrates similar ethnocentricity in their synopsis stating, "NCNW Inc; is a non-profit organization which strives to uplift, lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent through programs, socials and community service." Shouldn't this organization just be called, National Council of Women if it is open to all students regardless? However, the organization's description does not state this. Not to mention, if the organization had a name such as, "National Council of Caucasian Women" this would be perceived as racist.
Although the diverse and multicultured nature of Georgia State would obviously prompt the need to have a wide range of student organizations, I feel that some have gone too far and definitely demonstrate reverse racism, which destroys the moral fibers of the human race.