I have to disagree here. While you brought some things that should be understood as the background and history is important, you are essentially minimizing and excusing racism.<quoted text>
It's an ineffectual racial slur. It's used more for sarcasm and commentary about racism than to express racism towards "whites".
I also think that racism towards "whites" from minority races is a direct reaction of the racism and structural violence they've received from the majority. If the underlying causes are different, they are not the same thing. They need to be understood as separate social phenomenon.
Openly expressed racism towards a group who are systematically disadvantaged in society is decidedly more harmful than the same thing expressed towards the hegemonic. Bigotry and ignorance is still bigotry and ignorance, but ethically, I'm more concerned about effect than intent.
Thanks for "structural violence" and "hegemonic".
First of all it would be a very different situation if anger expressed by blacks was directed directly at an oppressor. A slave master, an outspoken bigot, a perpetrator of a hate-crime, etc.
The biggest flaw in racism is the absolute lack of knowledge about the individual(s) it is directed at. By your reasoning someone black could engage in terrible racism against someone white who is for civil rights and an all around decent person solely by the color of his skin and a guilty by association mentality.
Second in today's age there is no guarantee someone black has suffered harm or oppression from whites so to assume that and to assume bigotry towards whites is a response has no basis
Lastly being racist towards entire groups because some people in those groups were racist is a terrible idea to put forth. If racism is wrong then the proper moral response is to be better.
And how do you know the slur would be ineffectual? Just because whites have historically had the power doesn't mean all have. And regardless of power someone may feel very victimized if they were to be called a racial slur
It's important people understand the historical and institutional racism and atrocities done in its name so they can understand what may be causing a divide even today. Perhaps they were taught about these things and taught to hate white people and simply need some life experience and interaction to see many whites are not what they assume them to be. Or maybe they won't care and will continue to be racist against whites
Either way, racism is racism. And regardless of the harm done or the perceived excuse, it's no better or more excuses for one group then another