In a world where everybody plays by the same rules and is judged by the same standards
would describe any action or attitude that shows favor for one
race over another or displays overt contempt for members of a
particular race. Similarly, sexism
would describe any action or attitude that shows favor for one sex over
another or displays overt contempt for members of a particular sex1
The "Progressive" Left, however, is not interested in everybody
playing by the same rules and being judged by the same standards. Adherents have produced out of whole cloth the notion of "White Privilege". As you can see in the image below, here
is how White Privilege theory answers the assertions that anybody can be
racist or sexist:
Minorities2 cannot be racist and women3 cannot be sexist,
because they "do not hold political, economic, and institutional power".
In essence, whites (especially white males) have a stranglehold on
political, economic, and institutional power, and whites employ that
power to oppress women and ethnic minorities -- even without consciously
meaning to. The oppressors enjoy all of the privileges of being in the
oppressor class, and they jealously guard all of the privileges they
So you see, if you're white -- especially a white male -- the deck
has been stacked against you. These terms have been subverted to
exclude the possibility of any opposing viewpoint. Suggestion: if you
find yourself in a debate with a Progressive over one of these issues,
let them know you refuse to engage them until they prove to your
satisfaction that White Privilege is an actual thing.
Progressives are pushing hard on the notion of gender fluidity4
nowadays, and that would seem to render the whole notion of sexism moot...wouldn't it? Sexism seems to imply binary gender.
Many Progressives exclude Asians from the ethnic minority status
(witness the active attempts to discriminate against them in California
public universities), because for the most part they refuse to act like
White women have the dubious honor of being both oppressor and oppressed, depending on the topic of the moment.
(Wow, a footnote on a footnote!) Many Progressives define the "oppressor" class as white heterosexual
males to allow white sexual minorities to be counted as oppressed in some circumstances.