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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    For example, with the exception of Halle Berry perhaps, I find very few black women sexually attractive.
    There's nothing racist about that. Some people are turned off by dark skin...just like some people are turned off by fat people or redheads or tall people or any other physical characteristic.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    I would say yes, everyone is a little bit racist.

    I just moved to DC, and am well aware that it's a high-crime city. If I'm out by myself at night, I would generally be less nervous walking through a majority white neighborhood than a majority black neighborhood of equal socioeconomic status. Is that racist? Perhaps a little bit.

    I think racism is one of those things of which there are many different degrees. At the one end, you have subtle forms of racism like the one I mentioned. At the other end, you have the Aryan Nation people preaching hate, discrimination, and violence.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I would say yes, everyone is a little bit racist.

    I just moved to DC, and am well aware that it's a high-crime city. If I'm out by myself at night, I would generally be less nervous walking through a majority white neighborhood than a majority black neighborhood of equal socioeconomic status. Is that racist? Perhaps a little bit.

    I think racism is one of those things of which there are many different degrees. At the one end, you have subtle forms of racism like the one I mentioned. At the other end, you have the Aryan Nation people preaching hate, discrimination, and violence.
    That still doesn't qualify as racist though.

    Your being realistic if nothing else because there is a precedent behind your fear.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    That still doesn't qualify as racist though.

    Your being realistic if nothing else because there is a precedent behind your fear.
    Agreed.

    But voicing that truth in our politically correct environment can get you branded a racist in a heartbeat.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Agreed.

    But voicing that truth in our politically correct environment can get you branded a racist in a heartbeat.
    Very true.

    I go ahead and get it over with by saying, "I'm better than everyone."
    Avoids the whole racist thing altogether and just gets me labeled as an elitist or crazy.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    I think we humans are wretched creatures, can I be racist if its against the entire race?
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    No, everyone is not a 'little bit racist'. I don't believe there is such a thing. You either are, or you're not.

    Many people do stereotype, though. And, some stereotypes ARE actually based in fact, even though it's not "PC" to acknowledge that.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Every person has every negative thought in their subconscious. The important thing is how you treat people.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    I think there is a good prospect for the next generation to be ultimately tolerant to race between whites and blacks.

    I for one don't think racist thoughts, but many of my peers are racists. The racist attitudes are particular for those of Middle Eastern decent. Two of my friends say openly racist things against Arabs, calling them sand n****** or another hostile name (one of my friends denies that he is serious while the other is open about his feelings against Arabs and African Americans). That's where racism is on the rise, I believe - against Middle Easterners. Just yesterday I overheard a conversation between my father and stepmother:

    "What is Iraq known for?" my father asked

    "...terrorism" my stepmother answered in jest, even when I know that's all she could conjure in her mind.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    No, everyone is not a 'little bit racist'. I don't believe there is such a thing. You either are, or you're not.
    Racism is a spectrum, not a binary yes/no. For example, along the spectrum of racism, we might have:

    1. A Ku Klux Klansman who actively commits acts of violence, intimidation and vandalism against minorities.
    2. An Aryan skinhead who preaches hatred of minorities to anyone who will listen.
    3. A member of Stormfront who regularly visits white pride / white nationalist websites, but wouldn't dare voice his opinion in public.
    4. An entrepreneur who refuses to hire blacks at his business because he thinks they are lazy thieves.
    5. A cranky old man who believes that the reason he never became rich is because of race traitors who allowed the negro to steal white jobs.
    6. A woman who actively avoids minorities and is uncomfortable around them, but doesn't hate them.
    7. A man who avoids blacks in general, but is comfortable around individual black people once he gets to know them.
    8. A man who may or may not associate with minorities, but constantly drops the N-bomb (other than just to be funny) when they aren't around.
    9. A lazy, uneducated man who blames affirmative action, illegal immigration, and welfare for his inability to find and keep a job...but would swear up and down he isn't racist.
    10. A person who harbors no feelings of hate, superiority, or distrust toward minorities...but subconsciously makes assumptions about people and places based on racial stereotypes.


    Are these people all racist? Well...#1 is very different from #10. I don't think you can just say "Yes, this person is racist" or "No, they are not racist." That term can mean very different things to different people.
    Last edited by Kandahar; 08-30-09 at 09:17 PM.
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