||[Jul. 24th, 2009|03:05 pm]
The Question Club
So my boyfriend isn't usually dumb, but we were discussing racism for some reason and I was explaining that a lot of people see racism as prejudice + power now, and that minorities cannot be racist by that definition.|
Now, I wasn't giving an opinion on that definition one way or another, so please don't let this turn into definition wank like it always does when this comes up, pleeeeaaaase.
Anyway, he then went on to say that he couldn't be racist because he doesn't have power, and when I told him no, it's the institutionalized power that he has behind him as a white male, he started to say, "Well actually, we really have less power..." at which point I laughed in his face and I think he's pouting now.
Really though, he isn't normally that dense and I think if I could explain it well, he'd start thinking about it and realize he's wrong.
So here's my question: what's a good, condensed way to explain this without sounding patronizing? I feel bad for just laughing and shutting down communication, but it was just so ridiculous. Especially from someone I expected better from. :/ And I suck at explaining things.