Catallena wrote:In theory that sounds all nice and yes we're all worthy of the same respect but racism is more than disrespect for another group of people. Racism is a system that benefits white people and oppresses PoC. PoC don't benefit from that system, so they can not be racist. We don't live in a world where every race has equal opportunities, status or power. If we lived in a world like that, then yes racism could be what you say it is. But high numbers of PoC struggle with poor education, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, police brutality etc. And while white people can struggle with all of those things, it's usually not because of their skin color or heritage and it's on a far smaller scale. And that is racism; a systematic disadvantage based on race.
honestly I don't think your definition is complete. The system you describe seems to me: discrimination based on racism and not racism.
from google racism is
1.the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
"theories of racism"
2.prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.
"a programme to combat racism"
synonyms: racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice/bigotry, xenophobia, chauvinism, bigotry, bias, intolerance;
so I guess your definition is the n°2 but you completely disregard one sense of the definition.
imo racism is definitely something that someone from any "race" can direct to someone of any other race. And not just a white people thing against POC.
Discrimination based on racism is however targeting minority groups so POC in the western societies or in other societies that have partially assimilated those western racist ideas.