When I was a kid, racism was described to me as being the differentiation of one group from another based upon their skin color. Isn’t that still basically it? Whether that treatment is preferential or detrimental is irrelevant: being a racist is focusing on one’s race as a means of judging that person’s heart, abilities, motives or actions.
And yet, it seems more and more that the folks in positions of authority (namely the schools and the government) are more focused than ever on drawing attention to people’s race. We just gave an example of this the other day, when we discussed a program run by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction which encouraged white students to wear a white wristband “as a reminder about your (white) privilege.”
Rather than being an outlier, such hyper-guilt-based instruction now seems to be something of a trend in education.