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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    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.
    That's why I voted "other."

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    When the newschannel reports a drive-by shooting or some other violent crime in my city, in my "minds-eye" the perpetrator is usually black. (And they usually are. )
    I share similar sentiments, but don't think they're racist (at least not if you think the same way I do). Street drugs and crime have a definite racial disparity, but it isn't due to race - it's due to class. If I hear about a crime and my minds eye views the perpetrator as black, it isn't because I think black people are inherently more prone to crime. Any of the upper or upper-middle class, suburban black people I go to school with are much less likely to commit crime or be involved with street drugs than any of the lower to lower-middle class white kids I grew up with. Thinking of a random perpetrator of a random crime as a minority it's a judgment of minorities, if anything it's a judgment of poor people, and a recognition that the lower class has a heavily skewed racial demographic.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    I'm 100% non-racist. Whenever I make any type of stereo-type it is based on statistics and is never directed at the whole of a race. Just those that the statistic refers to.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    No. Racism is taught, not born.

    PS for those who think everyone is I am willing to bet you are confusing bigotry with racism. Racism is always bigotry, bigotry is not always racism.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    No. Racism is taught, not born.

    PS for those who think everyone is I am willing to bet you are confusing bigotry with racism. Racism is always bigotry, bigotry is not always racism.
    I agree. My dad was a bigot, big time. If you weren't white, you were a n--- in his mind. I don't know who taught him that but I've always thought that the era he lived in and the type of life he lived taught him to hate Italians, Mexicans, etc. because of the color of their skin.

    I remember being horribly embarrassed when I was a kid because of it. Even when I was too young to know what bigotry meant, I knew I didn't like it. My aunt was married to an Italian and Dad would never refer to him as anything other than "the n--". In his mind it was the way it was and that was it.

    So, life taught me to embrace people instead of rejecting based on what they look like. Some might say that I rebelled against my dad as kids do, but it was more than that. I knew at an early age what he felt was unreasonable and it just didn't make sense to me.

    My answer is the same as Blackdogs. I think some hate is taught and some hate can never be taught. It depends on the person learning the lesson.


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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    I don't think every one is. The military does wonders to kill racist ideas. It's hard to be racist when you live closely with those of other races.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I don't think every one is. The military does wonders to kill racist ideas. It's hard to be racist when you live closely with those of other races.
    Actually I saw the reverse. I saw happy go lucky people come in the army and leave full blown racists. I know why some of it happens, but far to much is just typical army bull****.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    So I was listening to the Avenue Q song that gave this thread its name and wondered what DP would think... is everyone racist, if just a little bit?

    Sorry, I suck at opening posts, so just vote and explain.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I don't think every one is. The military does wonders to kill racist ideas. It's hard to be racist when you live closely with those of other races.
    The Army taught me to look past a person's race before I hate their guts. I learned that there are more, better reasons to hate someone.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Everybody hates somebody. Ain't no gittin' around it.
    There is a difference between hating someone and being a racist.
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