My definition of racism (and sexism, etc.) is possibly very different from everyone else's on earth. I say it's being dishonest about, and treating unjustly, an individual or group based upon race (and sex, etc.).
Rand, Branden, and the other Objectivists in the '60s and '70s stared directly into the face of horrific black racism as practiced by Martin Luther King, Malcolm ("The white man is the devil.") X, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the Black Panthers, etc. -- while essentially not breathing a word about it. The situation demanded a lion's roar of outrage; they barely emitted a mouse's peep. This is evasion. It's dishonesty, cowardice, and lack of integrity. As a matter of fact -- the situation is exactly the same today. The Objectivist leaders continue to stay silent.
And different social identity groups don't just have moral characteristics, nor is citizenship/immigration just a moral issue. The different groups have other aspects to be considered.
I'm curious, Steve: Do you seriously call Jackson, Sharpton, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the Southern Poverty Law Center not racist?
Individuals have behavior. A race doesn't engage in behavior. I'm having a hard time understanding how you can't grasp that. You are damning people because of their skin color. That's racist. Justice and morality demand that position be condemned and abandoned. Judge individuals for behavior (as individuals) and judge ideas (regardless of who holds them).
I don't damn or praise or note people because of their titular race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, occupation, height, philosophy, or whatever. I only do so because of their beliefs and acts. I have a hard time understanding how you can't grasp that. That said, I note group characteristics and norms. Is it collectivism or bigotry to do so? I don't think so. It's stereotyping, archetyping, and categorizing -- a legitimate and noble behavior of learning. There's nothing evil about a frank, accurate description of some pivotal part of human reality.
Blacks and Hispanics have damaged America immensely. This is objective, absolute, certain truth. And it's an important social reality and problem to be solved. How would you have me note this in a non-bigoted fashion?
You also write:
Are you suggesting that all blacks have their citizenship revoked and that they be expelled?
I specifically said otherwise repeatedly. This makes me question your honesty on this topic.
For the record: I'm the least racist and bigoted person on the planet. I'm morally superior to every last one of you on this subject. None of you are even a member of my species! I may make factual, conceptual, or analytical errors. After all, I'm all alone here -- and as intellectually ambitious as ever. But my honesty, courage, and integrity is greater than any of your ten finest heroes combined.
(Edited by Kyrel Zantonavitch on 3/29, 6:18pm)