Racism and Criticism
I once stayed at a youth hostel with a young white South African. I asked him who was in charge in his country, and he said, "monkeys." This is racism - real, crude, ugly racism that deserves a punch in the face.
Here is what is not racism: Confronting a black person on the wrong things that he does. The white person who does wrong things gets criticized as well, and for the black people to be subjected to similar levels of scrutiny is simple fairness. Equality means just that; and just as white people who do wrong things get criticized, so should black people who do wrong things.
Often criticisms directed against black people are regarded as stereotypes; but it's not stereotype if it is reflected in statistics. It is reflected in statistics for example that black men in America are more likely to fail to take care of their children than are white men in America. As a father who is dedicated to my daughter, even though I'm not with her mother any more, I have very little respect for men of any race who fail to take care of their children; and the more black men take care of their children the better will be the lot of their children and the better will be the reputation of black people themselves.
This is not racism, and this is not bigotry. This is legitimate criticism. While a man who is in jail has an excuse for not taking care of his children while he is in jail, the man who is out in the world has no such excuses. Thankfully President Obama has made it a policy to tell black men to take care of their children, and that is just what was needed. They would not take it from a white man, they should take it from a black man who's made it to the top of the white person's world.
Similarly it was not racism to confront earlier African leaders on their brutal and kleptocratic practices. The current generation of African leaders appears to be much better than the "big men" of the past. They listened to criticism, and they made adjustments. They aren't perfect, but they are better than their predecessors. The result is that Africa is enjoying a great economic boom, and the lives of African people are improving all across the board.
Noticing wrong things that black people do is neither racism nor bigotry. Not discriminating on race means just that; and wrong things done by black people should get noticed as much as are wrong things done by white people. I choose to treat black people as adults, and that means giving them truthful analysis. The more black people take this kind of input, the better choices they stand to make, and the better stands to be the lot of black people as a function of those choices.
There is such a thing as abuse, and there is such a thing as constructive criticism. Black people of all people need to know to distinguish which is which. I for one have nothing against black people; I want to see black people do well, both in America and outside America. What I say on these matters is not racism, and it is not abuse. It is legitimate commentary.
As for the white people who call black people monkeys or think that the white people are a superior race, I have complete contempt. It is a sad person who has nothing to be proud of except the color of his skin.