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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    If you believe there are Inherent Genetic group differences that inevitably (or more precisely, 'on average') lead to different cultural/achievement outcomes, you COULD be called a racist. 'Color' me in that column.
    Racism| Define Racism at Dictionary.com

    More narrowly, if you hate/discriminate against other groups, I think the term has more bite.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    My step grandfather is unbelievably racist, I once dated an Asian girl and he told me not to "mix with those people" because "they're not like us".

    So I ended up marrying Japanese.

    And you wouldn't want to hear what he has to say about blacks.

    He's still a good guy, was a volunteer fire fighter etc.

    Just one aspect of him.
    Do you think accusations of racism should be made lightly? I'm sincerely asking for your opinion on that (not at all suggesting it's something you do). And the reason I ask is that it's occurring to me that, for some, it may be no big deal to say that about someone because to them, it's not the same as saying they're a bad person. By the same token, it's difficult to not take extreme exception at being accused of it.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    If you're not the target of their racism, yes.

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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Uh, no.

    Racists and good in the same sentence? Doesn't work for me.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    There are no 'bad' people...just messed up people. Racism is more about ignorance (and sometimes mental imbalance) then anything else.

    On the flip side...people that seem good can be REALLY messed up.

    Society tries to categorize people FAR too much, imo.

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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
    Uh, no.

    Racists and good in the same sentence? Doesn't work for me.
    I think that's reasonable. It would be like somebody telling me, "he fights dogs for a hobby but he's a good guy." For me, that act alone would define that person entirely for me.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    In hindsight, kind of.....eh, sort of.

    It's hard to admit, no doubt, at least for me.

    Gandhi was a racist and we can all agree he was a force for good in the world.

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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    My next door neighbor in the Bay Area was an ethnic Chinese from the mainland...

    I heard her say a really inappropriate statement about a Filipino neighbor.

    She caught the look on my face and explain... "Oh, I am racist. I know it. We Chinese are some of the worst about racism" She went on a tear about Koreans, Japanese, Filipinos, etc.

    She even went on to describe the terms she used for folks from different provinces in China.

    And yet she was Professional in the medical field, a member of the PTA, her children straight A students and well adjusted. And, being in the Bay Area she had to interact with all races. It appears she did not let her personal likes and dislikes get in the way...
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Many of us have had grandparents etc that we know are good people but may have done or said racist things. I think racism has been vilified into the modern day "heretic" when it stems out of ignorance. And I know plenty of non-white racists as well, most are actually good people.

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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fledermaus View Post
    My next door neighbor in the Bay Area was an ethnic Chinese from the mainland...

    I heard her say a really inappropriate statement about a Filipino neighbor.

    She caught the look on my face and explain... "Oh, I am racist. I know it. We Chinese are some of the worst about racism" She went on a tear about Koreans, Japanese, Filipinos, etc.

    She even went on to describe the terms she used for folks from different provinces in China.

    And yet she was Professional in the medical field, a member of the PTA, her children straight A students and well adjusted. And, being in the Bay Area she had to interact with all races. It appears she did not let her personal likes and dislikes get in the way...
    Most of the world is racist, its the human condition. Its only in a few places on earth that we get hung up on it.

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