Originally Posted by 2xy
I want to ask a question, to help me understand.
I am not multiracial. I'm 100% white. I was raised by my mother and my stepdad. He is deceased now, but he was Japanese and married my mom when I was two. We lived far away from my mother's family, so the only family I had was Japanese, and I even thought I was Japanese until I was four or five.
We lived in Hawaii. On Oahu, the current white population numbers about 21%. I don't know what it was back in the 70's and 80's, but I know there were only a half-dozen or so white kids in my K-6 elementary school. None of the teachers/administrators were white. My junior-high and high schools accomodated military kids, so there were many white kids there, but only one or two white teachers. (I'm wondering now if the demographics are counting military people, of which there are a ton on Oahu).
I was not treated kindly by many of my classmates, for no other reason than having blonde hair and blue eyes. In Hawaii, the term "haole" is used to denote a white person, and is often used in a derogatory fashion. Stupid haole, Haole sh*t, etc. I heard it often. Kill-Haole Day was on the last day of school every year. I usually ran home as fast as I could while trying not to draw attention to myself.
Anyway. Is this merely prejudice, or is it racism? White people are definitely not in power on a local level in the Aloha State.
Again, that's just so awful for you (and the other kids).
Back to your question, I wouldn't say "merely" prejudice. One definition isn't more severe than another.
Tough questions, I tell ya! Again, I'm not sure what to think of this one.
On the one hand, I think it could be racism in that case.
Hawaii didn't even become a state until the mid-late 50s right? If white people were/are not in power there, then I'm guessing it fits the definition of racism.
On the other hand, are white people oppressed there, as in - are the number of white people in power representative of the population? Are they denied housing, schooling, employment?
OK, I know that probably didn't answer your question. Sorry, I'm not sure.