I was talking about the white people in the audience that did NOT raise their hands, not the black ones who did. They are the ones who would have reacted 2 different ways depending on the situation.
But those people aren't racist. They just don't want to do anything that would make them seem racist. That's the whole point.
Sure it is.
As soon as you react to on person or group differently than you would act towards another based solely on their race, ...well, that's racism.
People always assume that bigotry and racism is the are interchangeable, but that's not the case.
Racism does not always have to do with negative characteristics. If you assume an Asian is good at math, that's racism.
It depends why you believe that. If you think it's because of their race, then I agree. If you think it's because their culture does a better job of teaching math in school, then I disagree.
racism [rey-siz-uh m]
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.