That’s not racism. That’s specism.
Racism, as defined is:
Racism involves the subordination of people of color by white people. While individual persons of color may well discriminate against a white person or another person of color because of their race, this does not qualify as racism according to our definition because that person of color cannot depend upon all the institutions of society to enforce or extend his or her personal dislike. Nor can he or she call upon the force of history to reflect and enforce that prejudice. . . . History provides us with a long record of white people holding and using power and privilege over people of color to subordinate them, not the reverse."
– (Paula Rothenberg. Defining Racism and Sexism)
So what he is, is hateful towards humans as a species. Racism has nothing to do with species. The definition of race meaning species, is actually rooted in racism, which BTW, my field is responsible for initially (Anthropology). Where Anthropology defined that all whites, with no basis came from the Caucuses (which isn’t really true) and were intellectually superior to in order: Asians, Native peoples, and then Blacks at the bottom. This is also why I dislike the use of “race” when you mean species, because really, it’s based in racism. And we are one species. Plus it feels like erasure of the past and the meaning of racism.
That given, what you want is the anatomy of hate, which BTW, as a specialist in systems (racism, sexism, etc) I can totally break down the major ways people irrationally hate–because truthfully hate is about as unimaginative and uncreative as possible. The same way people hate on one group, they often hate on other groups.
I also dislike conversion stories like, OMG, they don’t hate anymore. In truth it never, ever works like this in systems.
The fantasy for most people is that once the people are aware of hate that it magically disappears and everything is dandy, but it never works this way. Especially if you’ve been conditioned AND your society that you live in supports this conditioning.
It’s like people say slavery ended in the US with black slaves. And I’m like… uhhh… no, it hasn’t. It just got more hidden. Tomato slaves of Florida, for example. Relabeled settled workers.
It’s like this with privilege too… Such as with able-bodied privilege I hold, I can always take advantage of that privilege. I can always walk up the stairs without worrying. I don’t have to worry about finding ramps or really tall curbs. I don’t even have to lodge complaints against the city for being so inconsiderate. But with my privilege comes a responsibility to be aware of when I’m leveraging it and when I’m not. And when I can help out those who ask for it. I can be aware of it, but as someone who has it, I also can afford to absolutely forget that not everyone has my privilege and abandon the cause once it’s inconvenient for me. Or I don’t get as much attention for doing it (though I really think this is the shallowest reason to do something), or whatever reasoning I find convenient for me.
Systems are far more complex that you’re making them to be.
I’ll tell a short story… so there was a guy, a teacher, that I was acquainted with and he constantly complained about his PoC students who seemed like they didn’t have any hope of getting into a better place, so didn’t try that hard through education. He constantly complained about them. He knew his privilege as a white person, but still complained about his students.
I called him out on it and pointed out both the socio-economic difference and the skin-privilege afforded to him. He was aware of the problem, but still acted with fragility. He knew the textbooks he was dealing with never showed any role models of PoCs in them, but then didn’t think it was an issue. He knew that the media isn’t exactly positive towards black students in particular. He knew that often there is a defeatist attitude, but he, himself could not bridge the mind gap. And instead of confronting the problem, he decided to block me. Because it’s work even if you know the problem. And it’s much easier to look for accolades than to do the hard work. (Also it’s easier to repeat a system that was oppressing you than it is to change how its run) And soon after his wife did too.
In order to be kind, sometimes I can’t be nice. I chose kindness over niceness… I chose compassion and empathy over his personal feelings… so, I had to be assertive that he could do better.
This is the flaw in the conversion story about hate. Because you always, always can eff it up once you’re aware of the problem. Always. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s not a badge you buy from the dollar store, it’s something you have to do everyday, like cleaning your hands after going to the bathroom, or brushing your teeth. And such conversion stories often don’t capture those finer details. It’s a one and done. But truth is, doesn’t work like that. Not that easy. Once the system is in place, it’s harder to dismantle.