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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    On the heels of reading how it's just totally ok and no big deal to accuse people of racism because, hey, it doesn't mean you're a bad person if you are, I'm wondering if most people agree. Are racists good people?

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    Depends, if the racists/bigots/xenophobes were Southern Democrats from 70 years ago, they're bad. If the racists/bigots/xenophobes are modern Southern Republicans, they just have a different opinion.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    I think there are generally 2 forms of racists: those who are ignorant on race and thus dislike what they don't understand or those who are genuinely hateful. The former are usually good people, although misguided. The latter are generally not so good people who tend to be motivated by hate and a self image of supremacy.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    only to their own people,IMO
    It's funny, I started this poll and I don't even know how to vote in it. On one hand, my tendency is to reject an overall judgment that having racist tendencies means someone is incapable of being good in any other respect but I sure understand how some people say that one trait is enough to define who you are.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Believe what you want to believe, I have no use for racists and won't associate with them.

    I'm talking about Nazis and those who would like to see the South re-fight and win the Civil War

    I could say a lot more, but that should tell you how I feel about racists.
    what if a person is a racist, and displays that racism by only disassociation.....with other races.

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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    It's funny, I started this poll and I don't even know how to vote in it. On one hand, my tendency is to reject an overall judgment that having racist tendencies means someone is incapable of being good in any other respect but I sure understand how some people say that one trait is enough to define who you are.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    On the heels of reading how it's just totally ok and no big deal to accuse people of racism because, hey, it doesn't mean you're a bad person if you are, I'm wondering if most people agree. Are racists good people?

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    My mother was a very, very good person. I never saw her act mean towards anyone at all. But she was racist. When I brought my Asian wife home to meet her (at our family home in the Mississippi Delta), she pulled me off to one side and said, "I wish you'd married a black girl!" But 'black' wasn't the word she used.

    My mother was what I call a "good racist"...meaning that they would never hurt the person of that other race (and the same thing goes for any prejudice, whether ethnic, religious, whatever...it's all works the same way)...but as soon as the person of that other race was out of earshot, out would come all the old racist assumptions and generalizations.

    It's so sad - I love the MS Delta, the land, the weather, the food (oh, man, the food!), and my whole family's all in a small cemetery there all the way back to the 1870's...but I will never live there again. And the one reason I will never live there again is that I can't stand the racism I see and hear there every day from my fellow whites. And they're almost all 'good racists', meaning that they'd risk their lives in a heartbeat to save a black man in danger...but again, once that black man's out of earshot...you get the idea.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    On the heels of reading how it's just totally ok and no big deal to accuse people of racism because, hey, it doesn't mean you're a bad person if you are, I'm wondering if most people agree. Are racists good people?

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    Depends on how severe it is, whether it is active or passive, whether it is just one small aspect of the person or is it an obsession that dominates their life.


    Passive would be "I don't trust (race), they're liars and thieves."

    Active would be someone whose racism causes them to act against persons of that race without any reason other than their racism. That's worse.

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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I think there are generally 2 forms of racists: those who are ignorant on race and thus dislike what they don't understand or those who are genuinely hateful. The former are usually good people, although misguided. The latter are generally not so good people who tend to be motivated by hate and a self image of supremacy.

    I'd say three forms. The third form is those who have had some bad experiences with X race and generalized their experience as "a problem with that RACE" rather than just some people in it...



    These folks are not bad people, they just overgeneralize.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Depends, if the racists/bigots/xenophobes were Southern Democrats from 70 years ago, they're bad. If the racists/bigots/xenophobes are modern Southern Republicans, they just have a different opinion.
    Having grown up as a strongly-conservative white male in a 71%-black county in the MS Delta, I had to laugh. My (racist) family was more than a little ashamed to hear that I was no longer a strong conservative but a (gasp!) far-left liberal who even voted for Obama twice!

    Most people really have no idea just how accurate your observation is.
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    Re: Can Racists be Good People?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Depends, if the racists/bigots/xenophobes were Southern Democrats from 70 years ago, they're bad. If the racists/bigots/xenophobes are modern Southern Republicans, they just have a different opinion.
    Here's where I have to acknowledge that my question is vague by not defining "racist" given that using the term "black cloud" and "black hole" in a talking graduation card is blatant racism (because after all, it might be saying "black ho", you know how Hallmark is).
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