Sometimes white people point out they, too, have been “bashed” or had derogatory things said to them. Using derogatory terms toward white people (and I mean white, since “Caucasian” is not exactly a “race” cf. Bhagat Singh Thind v. U.S.) can be caused by a couple of different things.
The first is that those of us who are trying to cope with white (often Christian) supremacy sometimes use humor to do so.
Sometimes racial humor is experienced as or is actually derogatory. It’s not good to dehumanize the other, but it’s also sometimes just a thing people of color (in my mind this includes black people/African Americans, Native Americans, Latinxs/Hispanic people, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Arab Americans) do to make it through the day.
And sometimes it isn’t that we are joking. It’s that we are simply pointing out a real behavior. Yes, sometimes what white people experience as derogatory is something that is simply descriptive of things white people actually do.
The second is that critiquing or rejecting another group, in the case of racial (or sexual or gender) minorities, is actually a developmental stage in racial (or sexual or gender) identity formation.
It’s not the final stage, by any means, but it’s one stage people go through as they integrate their understanding of who they are. As Christians (or just as humans), it is not ideal to put down others.
However, as Christians, we see ourselves, our RACIAL selves, as made in the image of God. And when that image of God is constantly tarnished by white supremacy, sometimes we act out in protest. Protest can be healthy and good and healing. It can also come across as insulting when divorced from an understanding of identity development.
But putting down the group of people in power is not equivalent to the actual structure oppression experienced by people of color. White people who are critiqued or rejected are actually not experiencing the same thing as people of color.
Here is the difference:
Until white people are:
In the minority
Relatively powerless and underrepresented in governance/leadership/corporate boardrooms
Subject to Structural Oppression
Consistently Culturally denigrated by music/images/literature/film
Represent lowest wealth indicators
white people cannot be effectively oppressed by a few people of color making jokes about them.
It is a Christian thing to learn about power and privilege, and to learn how it works, and figure out how to navigate it, and THEN to have grace for one another as long as that grace does not mean accepting oppression.