What is racism?

We often find that people don't really know what the word "racism" means, even though they throw it around freely. In an earlier story, we report on the billboards that proclaim that it is hard to see racism when you are white.

Apparently this is not true, if the racism is blatant enough. Take, for example, an article that appearead in Ebony magazine, with an interview with Samuel L. Jackson. And before we quote that, let's think again what the word "racism" means.

The easy definition is when someone believes that a person or group is better, or worse, because of their race. Skin color is often equated with that, and usually when people being discussed have different skin color.

Like the name of our web site: we are asking you to help us because we are white, and we feel that only black people ever get help, and that is because they are black.

So this Jackson guy says that he voted for Obama because he would make a good president? No, 'fraid not. Here is what he said:

"In an interview with Ebony magazine, actor Samuel L. Jackson said, "I voted for Barack because he's black. 'Cuz that's why other folks vote for other people, because they look like them ... That's American politics, pure and simple. (Obama's) message didn't mean (bleep) to me.""


So recapping this quote, at least the parts that decency would allow us to quote, we see that this foul-mouth jaded washed-up actor voted for someone because of the color of his skin... and that his message didn't matter at all.

That about sums it up. Looks like it is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. So when black people call us "racist", we can say that at least we have that in common with black people! How nice.