mark noble wrote:
Prejudice is prejudice under any banner.
Is it not so, regardless as to its target?
Q: Is it racism to insult, slur or cause offence to a racist?
When i object to a racist's position, it isn't his or her race i am objecting to, it is their opinion. To restate, one takes offense based on their statements and behavior, as a manifestation of their belief; their race is not relevant. Ergo, expressions of dissent or offense regarding a racist opinion is not racism
Can that same reaction to racism be a product of prejudice? Sure, depending upon the offended person's upbringing and environment, but it is not necessarily so.
Still, an objection to racism is already objecting to a particular event of the same, whereas racism cannot appeal to events, except in so far as they are already projected by a racist perspective. Racism's objection to events is both general and unspecifiable, and therefore historically ungrounded. I.e. racism can only recognize events as "historical", insofar as they conform to an ideological profile. All other events are disposed of as unique "exceptions", regardless of any evidence of their long-term development or personal import.
All that is to say, that while all racism is necessarily prejudiced, all negative reactions to racism are not. Racism provides plenty of concrete examples that may be, simply and a posteriori
(A crucial difference between racism and "anti-racism" can be easily demonstrated by examining the difference between the objects of their abuse. Racists insult, slur and offend a broad spectrum of persons who likely have not done anything to the racist individual or the group to which he perceives himself to belong, and racists attack those persons based on an aspect of themselves that they did not choose. "Anti-racists" (if such social beings exist, the term seems, to me, to be a case of a cultural double negative) may insult, slur and offend racist persons, but do so on the basis of those
persons' statements or actions behavior that they did choose; or after they have been harmed, or after they have perceived the larger society as subject to harm by the racist's action.)
To conclude, while racism seems to be an example of social behavior that requires prejudice, countering racist statements and actions does not. A critical objection to racism requires only an awareness of the historical record or familiarity with culturally diverse persons v. the racist ideological profile; no prejudicial preparation is required.
(Meh...i've submitted some clumsily phrased posts to this forum, but this has got to be in the top ten. Bah. Still, it makes sense, i swear.)