Is it racist for the members of one race to assume that the members of another race are unable to help themselves or act in their own best interest?
Yes, if that assessment is based on race.
Like the democrats treat blacks like they are unable to achieve without government help and preferential treatment.
Assumption. The cause of many problems. If you're assuming that a whole race is unable to help themselves then there's racism there.
If the facts exist then it's not racist. If they don't then get out of town!
If there is other evidence to base your idea on other than race then no. If only taking race into account then I would say yes.
I hesitate to call all instances of this racist. There are many well meaning people who assume that someone may need an advantage because of their race.
But their solutions many times just enslave them to the program and tacitly say "You can't do it without our help.". So, in the final analysis it is racist even if unintended.
I think well intentioned racism is probably more prevalent today than some other kinds of racism.
If it's based on a proven track record of that race, then no. That's rational observation.
I think the distinction that MilkDud's question implies is whether the group is "unable" to help themselves, not whether they're "willing" to help of themselves.
Or if they "do" help themselves.
I don't think it's that obvious
If it is based on race - yes