No, we can’t. At most perhaps we can say policing is systemically unequal, but that doesn’t presume that the unequal treatment is due to racism.
Unequal in *what way*, though?
Studies have shown that blacks are *disproportionately* killed by cops, so that's *racism*, or inequality by race, regarding the killings of killer cops.
Now this is certainly true, though a) I haven’t seen any evidence that the number of racist cops is even a significant minority, much less a majority; and b) tribalism based on profession is inherently not racist.
Well at *this* point you're hair-splitting, because it should be enough that policing is racist. You're missing the forest for the trees.
Professional privileged state tribalism, as with the 'blue line of silence', *can* be racist, and *is* racist, because of the disproportionate numbers of blacks killed by cops.
What they have to say about Black police officers isn't printable and is disgustingly racist itself.
'Racism' implies *power*, and activists don't *have* any state power over cops -- I think you're misusing the term 'racist', as in the misconstrued term 'reverse racism'. Considering how murderous and damaging policing has been to people of color, it's no wonder at all that all cops receive such opprobrium. You're on the verge of blaming-the-victim -- be *careful*.
Definitions of Racism:
- a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
- Also called in·sti·tu·tion·al rac·ism [in-sti-too-shuh-nl, -tyoo-], struc·tur·al rac·ism [struhk-cher-uhl]. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine, as promoted by the dominant group in a society to preserve the continued dominance of that group; racial discrimination.
- hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
Only the second of those three have anything to do with actual power, the first can be possessed by the powerless as much as the powerful and the third has nothing to do with levels of power at all. And for that second to apply to the US system, you’d have to prove that our current system is set up and maintained specifically for the purpose of maintaining racial dominance, and I don’t think anyone can come close to doing so.
Considering that the prevailing ruling class, by wealth, is disproportionately *white*, it's easy to see that the class / wealth system benefits whites, so it's not unreasonable to say that the class system keeps whites in a supreme position in society, hence is white-supremacist.