Race: is our racism similar to a college rivalry ?

We are all familiar with some school related sports rivalry, most likely a college or a high school rivalry.

These rivalries can be personal and heated with respect to the teams: “we are gonna stomp you”. And, true, every 5 years or so the rivalry actually renders itself as real acts of aggression, especially in the world of international soccer.

But for the most part the personal and heated passions are superficial: certainly a Clemson Tiger fan would graciously offer a Carolina Gamecock fan shelter in a pouring rain, knowing that the heated comments of past game-related slurs were simply jargon acting as a rallying cry for something as superficial as team colors. And when the rain clears and the Gamecock exits the comfortable home of his gracious Tiger host, the Tiger says, “I’ll kick your ass you piece of crap,” and the Gamecock returns the volley over his shoulder as he heads down the driveway.

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I wonder if the type of racism that we have in America might actually be similar. Maybe white people ( maybe even myself ) consider themselves to be on the White Team, and Chinese folks consider themselves to be on the What Team, and black people consider themselves to be on the Black Team. And maybe that is the extent of it.

Maybe racism is nothing more than rivalry-ism, and, accordingly, superficial.

Obviously, though, 200 years ago the racism was real.

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One response

  1. oh well i’m constantly being described as the ‘whitest asian’ and that doesn’t help me to get into a team at all. Asians reckon my personality and the way I think is too white, Whites reckon I look too Asian. I’m an in-betweener.
    Part of what you say is true but there’s more to rivalry-ism. People simply don’t like people who’re different from them.

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