About 99 times in the last few weeks I have heard rhetoric that says individuals cannot be racist, because of systemic and institutionalized evils, but that they can be classist and I am left wondering:
1. Are individuals not responsible for their actions when it comes to race?
(The system told me to do it).
2. Are individuals always responsible for their actions when it comes to class?
(Pull up ’em bootstraps).
3. Are there no systemic or institutionalized evils of class?
(Let’s debate whether minimum wage was ever meant to be a living wage).
I am not comparing racism and classism.
I am just thinking about them at the same time.
I believe racism is systemic. But I also believe that individuals are responsible for their actions concerning race. And individual actions pool together into a collective system. What do we want to call that?
I do not believe that class is independent of systems and institutions and unspoken barriers. Can we talk about that?