objectivelyhorribleperson said: What is your take on the whole "An oppressing group can never become a victim of oppression."? (I.E. White people can never be victims of racism, men can never be victims of sexism, e.t.c.) (Also, can't you disable anons?)
The statement “a privileged group can never become a victim of oppression” is clearly wrong (as are most statements that contain the word “never”), for example, Men, a clearly privileged group, are heavily oppressed to a much greater extent than women by law enforcement and criminal justice, in America at least.
The idea that privileged groups can’t be victims of racism is ridiculous, obviously. If you say, I hate all white people, that’s racist. Duh.
Just to go ahead and anticipate it, the common tumblr response is “that’s not racism, that’s prejudice” and this makes my head hurt when people say it. So for all those that were ready to type that, just go look up the word “racism” in the dictionary please. That’s like if I’m holding an orange, and you say, “that’s not an orange, that’s a fruit.”.
BUT REGARDLESS, privileged groups are called privileged groups for a reason. The portion of oppression that men face is not even remotely close to the systematic disadvantages that women face. Dealing with racism in your personal life because of an asshole or two is not even remotely close to dealing with racism everyday because virtually every societal institution you participate in is plagued by it.