Note: I was asked my honest opinion about this, so that is what follows. I do not have studies or anything to prove it.
Are white American women less racist than white men?
Even though they have less reason to be racist and less power to practise it, there is nothing that clearly shows them to be less racist than white men when given the opportunity.
For example, most employers are white men, so most racist hiring is done by them. But, at least in my experience, when white women have the power to hire they can be just a racist against blacks.
Or: the fact that most real estate agents seem to be white women has not kept me from getting steered away from white neighbourhoods that I could afford.
You would think white women would be less racist: they have less power in society and know what it is like to experience sexism. Sexism is not the same as racism, of course, but as a form of marginalization it does have some things in common with it. So you would think, all things being equal, they would understand racism better than white men.
You would think, but I see no clear sign of it. Whereas some Jews, for example, do seem to understand racism better than most other whites, the same does not seem to be true of white women. When you talk to them they have all the same racist defences. They seem just as blind, just as heartless – as we saw in the post on white women’s tears.
They might seem nicer – because they have less power, because they seem to hide their feelings more and are less direct than white men – but if they were in fact less racist there would be a greater understanding among them about racism. As far as I can see, there is not.
Most people seem to have an easier time of understanding the forms of marginalization that hurt them, but a harder time understanding those that benefit them. So black men, for example, readily understand racism but have a hard time seeing and understanding their own sexism. As has been said of me.
Well, with white women it is the same thing. They are white and so have all the same reasons as white men to be blind to their own racism. Their lives are built on the very same moral blindness and so they have just as little reason to question it. They have to live with the same white people. They have grown up thinking themselves as being just as white. And so on. When it comes to race, they have all the sames walls to overcome as white men.