The survey was circulated to Oxfam’s 1,800 staff in Britain — 88 per cent of whom are white — and describes racism as “a power construct created by white nations for the benefit of white people”.
The document says “white privilege” is a by-product of a racist system and adds: “Oxfam does not recognise reverse racism.”
An assumption that no one non-white can be racist – whether towards whites or not – is going to leave large areas of life and the world unexplainable.
It’s even possible to recast the concept they really have in mind so that it makes sense. Power constructs are constructed to preserve the power of those constructing them. That makes sense. And who is the power structure and who it benefits depends. One of the things it doesn’t depend upon being the colour of the skin of the people either constructing or benefiting from that power structure.
It’s even possible that power structures and race will coincide. But defining them as being the same thing is a category error.