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    Is everyone a little bit racist?

    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?

    Most people are likely racist to some extent, but far short of any degree at which they'd advocate discriminatory public policies.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Depends on how you define racist.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Most people think of "racist" in the "crazed Klan knight" sense, which is obviously an exaggeration. Not all racists are open activists or even advocates of discriminatory public policy.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Dude, using color-blind as a way to describe anti-racism is offensive to those of us who are actually color-blind and racist as hell. Friggin' honkies!

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    No, not everyone is racist. The idea that everyone is racist or even a little bit racist is a a load of crap made up by racist and closet racist in order to excuse or justify their own racism.

    Racism is defined as-
    1.a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
    2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
    3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    That deoends on what your definition of racism is, really. I don't think the vast majority of us are racists in the sense that we feel superior to non-whites, but I do think some of us sometimes make assumptions based on skin colour. It's one of those things that's relatively harmless as long as you acknowledge it as being a tinge of prejudice as opposed to depending or justifying it.
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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    I think everyone is a bit racist in one way or another whether they want to admit it or not. Those that go out of their way to be "color-blind" only do so because being anti-racist is an effort on their part and it doesn't come naturally. But it is a worthy effort, none the less.

    I mean, I wouldn't hesitate to help a black man and extend a hand of friendship should the oppertunity present itself. I love cuddling and goo-goo'ing at little black babies because I think they are adorable. I really hold a black man, who works hard, and has what I feel to be high family values, in the highest regards.

    Even though you would never see me on a soapbox screaming "white power" I have to admit there are things inside me that some might consider racist. For example, with the exception of Halle Berry perhaps, I find very few black women sexually attractive. When I see an freeway exit named "Martin Luther King Blvd" I have a tendancy to plan my route around it. 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. )

    Little things like that make me look at the racism inside myself. I am a work in progress.
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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.
    And she's a mulatta at that. There's a pretty substantial difference between Halle Berry and Tyra Banks and a pureblood, someone who's truly dark. I've also said that a lack of attraction to certain racial and ethnic groups isn't really comparable to the advocacy or preference for racially or ethnically discriminatory public policy, just as an attraction to one sex isn't comparable to the advocacy or preference for discriminatory public policy as it pertains to sex.

    So not liking black women isn't much worse than not liking blondes, in that sense.

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    Re: Is everyone a little bit racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnapostate View Post
    And she's a mulatta at that. There's a pretty substantial difference between Halle Berry and Tyra Banks and a pureblood, someone who's truly dark. I've also said that a lack of attraction to certain racial and ethnic groups isn't really comparable to the advocacy or preference for racially or ethnically discriminatory public policy, just as an attraction to one sex isn't comparable to the advocacy or preference for discriminatory public policy as it pertains to sex.

    So not liking black women isn't much worse than not liking blondes, in that sense.
    I suppose. But even if I didn't care for blondes, the thought of having to kiss one doesn't repulse me. That's what I'm talking about. I need to work on it.

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