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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    I have great friends so we joke around about race and give each other a hard time occasionally(just like all guys do) about religion, ethnicity, etc. I have a very diverse group of friends and we know each others limitations, personalities, and friendship chemistry. Does that make me racist?
    I do that all the time so no.
    You know you are around close friends when you can joke about race/religion/sexuality etc. and not get a gasp as a result.
    Me and my Jewish friends have a blast, they love ribbing Islam and vice versa. Same with my Christian friends.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    I have a thought on this topic that I have never seen anyone else put forward, so Iíll give it a go.

    I suspect that a certain bit of what we call racism, is an instinctual aversion to oth3er groups that look different, and that it arises as a crude survival mechanism.

    For whatever reason, Humans seem to be particularly susceptible to epidemics, so an instinct that enforces caution when encountering new groups might be a sort of natural quarantine procedure.

    That is, if another tribe looks different, so Nature might well reason, it might be because they are sick, and avoiding them would be prudent.

    If this were to be found to be true, spontaneous Racism, which I think quite real, could be addressed as a phobia, rather than a moral failing, hopefully with superior results.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    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****.
    it certainly reinforced my brother's racism.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    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****.

    Most people who come into the military are 17/18 years old. Maybe these days they do not take 17 year olds but they did in the 70's. At that age most young people really do not have their own valid opinion simply due to limited life experience. You may be coming in from the inner city area and the only experience you have is you are oppressed. Or the suburbs and you cannot understand why some dislike you just because you are white.

    So I would say the transfer of culture and ideas in the military is about equal. Some come in happy go lucky and become racists and vice versa because this is the first time they have been in close contact with different minded groups of people. We had a lot of racism in the military when I was in. We had actual race riots on one of our aircraft carriers. We almost had a riot on the Carrier that I was on.

    But even at that many of us learned to get along. Shed old stereo types. And then there are of course those who did not shed old stereo types or acquired new negative opinions.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    I generally expect Asians I meet to be more intelligent, and I have rarely been disappointed.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Panache View Post
    I generally expect Asians I meet to be more intelligent, and I have rarely been disappointed.
    you are a rather low bar to be measured against though, no?

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    I gave ya a big ol' "Thanks" on that one Hatuey.

    But I would point out that if Captain America wrote "Kill ******'s" (which I would never do) I would get penalty points up the wazooo...
    :P It's kind of hard to call me a racist and give me penalty points if I say niggers, whitey, kike and chink in the same sentence. :P. They are just words to illustrate a point.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    When it comes to race a just think people think about it the wrong way.Its this constant need everyone has to say "black people do this" "asians do that".People who think they are anything but racist often make sweeping generalisations of a whole race of people Bill Maher does it often for example.

    If you just treat people more as individuals it makes alot of difference.
    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    When it comes to race a just think people think about it the wrong way.Its this constant need everyone has to say "black people do this" "asians do that".People who think they are anything but racist often make sweeping generalisations of a whole race of people Bill Maher does it often for example.

    If you just treat people more as individuals it makes alot of difference.
    You are essentially saying not to correlate anything with anything else. Ignoring observations because they aren't PC doesn't make much sense to me.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Panache View Post
    You are essentially saying not to correlate anything with anything else. Ignoring observations because they aren't PC doesn't make much sense to me.
    No its the absolutism im talking about.The kind of attempt often in goodwill to make massive amounts of people fall into one category.
    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

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