I might be showing my ignorance with this post because I haven't had a chance to read up on a lot of marxism (I'm not very political at all, but I plan to read political philosophy more than I have been) and I could be presenting something that is totally wrong or out of context. But I'm gonna ask it anyway because I think this is one of the rare forums on the internet with users who seem to know that they're talking about in political discussions.
Is it true that some marxists believe (and this may not apply to all marxists or socialists or any one political belief) that there is no such thing as racism against whites in countries like America, because in order for that to happen there must be a social economic situation where whites are not the ones holding most of the power? I might be butchering this, but is there something in the ball park of what I'm saying that some social philosophers believe?
EDIT: I googled the question and I think I found what I was looking for. It's prejudice, not racism
That makes sense, but there are still things that I'm not clear on. I understand that calling a white person cracker or white devil is never as big a deal as using an ethnic slur against someone of color, due to the privilege for whites that occurs in most instances in this country. If a group of white people actually believe a negative stereotype about someone of color, then the whites are in a situation where they have power over that person much easier than if each person had different skin color. But are there not exceptions where you can say, yeah, that brown/black/whatever person was being kinda racist to that white guy. For example, I was raised in a poor section of town where there weren't many white people. I went to schools with very few white people and got beat up often because I was white. Some of these kids looked at the color of my skin, assumed I had it better than them and, in some cases, assumed that "I was the offspring of illuminati" and kicked my ass because of it. If I were black or brown this simply would not have happened. Even now, I have gone into some stores and someone working there assumed that I was this horrible racist oppressor because I had white skin. I literally just walked in the door and it began. Now, seeing how this is the extent of my "oppression" in regards to my skin color, I can't say that I have experienced or can experience MORE racism (if it even is racism in my case) than someone who isn't white who has to face it in some form probably every day of their life. The difference in the amount of 'racism' that whites have to face compared to non-whites (especially blacks and hispanics) isn't even close to being comparable.
But is it really true to say that there is no such thing as a white person facing social hardships because of his skin color... EVER? Because as a white guy who grew up as one of the only white guys in his school and was beat up often solely because of skin color, it kinda puzzles me when I'm told that being white NEVER puts me in a situation of being discriminated against.