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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    I fail to see how it's nearly non-existent. Please do elaborate on how those of us who know we are completely tolerant of all races and do not see any one race being above any others actually... aren't.
    Oh come on...you don't hold a certain deep down, instinctual caution about other races that you don't deal with regularly? Like me and Asian women...I know not all Asian women are bad drivers but my experiences with female asian drivers causes me to have a reaction (usually toes curling painfully) when I see that I am surrounded on at least 2 sides by them on the freeway. Like I literally slow down and hope they go on past me without causing an accident.

    I am the same way with Persians when I am making a purchase from one. I have an immediate caution with them because my experience with them has taught me that caution when doing business with a Persian is just smart business because it usually saves you money. It's a certain intolerance and I think all people have it.

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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    I'm a white woman who has spent the majority of my life working with minority populations, so I've definitely experienced racism. However, having said that, it's been rare. Most people respond to me with the same openness and respect that I show them. I would say that I think this is generally true for most people.

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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    Jallman illustrates my point. It doesn't necessarily have to translate to a "I don't lynch black people so I'm 100% tolerant". It could be subtle things, like his Asian woman driving thing, the fact that I've noticed fellow co-workers in the accounting field are abnormally Jewish, or just watching the black man in the wife-beater loitering outside an ATM a little closer. To say that people absolutely do not see skin whatsoever and make even a sliver of assumption off of it is just fooling yourself, and goes against human nature.

    Their actions may not support their thoughts, but the thoughts are there, and that's all it takes to invoke the "race card".

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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Oh come on...you don't hold a certain deep down, instinctual caution about other races that you don't deal with regularly? Like me and Asian women...I know not all Asian women are bad drivers but my experiences with female asian drivers causes me to have a reaction (usually toes curling painfully) when I see that I am surrounded on at least 2 sides by them on the freeway. Like I literally slow down and hope they go on past me without causing an accident.

    I am the same way with Persians when I am making a purchase from one. I have an immediate caution with them because my experience with them has taught me that caution when doing business with a Persian is just smart business because it usually saves you money. It's a certain intolerance and I think all people have it.
    No, I don't hold any deep down, instinctual caution about any other race. I don't consider one race better than or less than any other.

    Now, if you're asking about acknowledging certain stereotypes, that could be different. Stereotypes are around for a reason, because there is sometimes some amount of truth to them. I can't think of any offhand, but regardless... that doesn't necessitate being intolerant of anyone or especially a whole ****ing race or group of people.

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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    No, I don't hold any deep down, instinctual caution about any other race. I don't consider one race better than or less than any other.

    Now, if you're asking about acknowledging certain stereotypes, that could be different. Stereotypes are around for a reason, because there is sometimes some amount of truth to them. I can't think of any offhand, but regardless... that doesn't necessitate being intolerant of anyone or especially a whole ****ing race or group of people.
    Well I don't think Asian women are less than me or any other group. I do hold the strong belief that they should pay higher insurance premiums and that they should be automatically under suspicion if they are involved in an accident.

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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    Ok, fair enough. Replace "intolerant" to "prejudice". I was attempting the PC version and was hoping it'd spark more honest debate and not a bunch of "OMG I'M NOT RACIST!".

    When I make comments about Jews in accounting or Chinese in engineering, that's racism. Jallman's comment about female Asian drivers is prejudiced. I just don't like to use those two words because it puts people on the defensive and triggers massive amounts of denial as opposed to having rational and open debate about it.

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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Ok, fair enough. Replace "intolerant" to "prejudice". I was attempting the PC version and was hoping it'd spark more honest debate and not a bunch of "OMG I'M NOT RACIST!".

    When I make comments about Jews in accounting or Chinese in engineering, that's racism. Jallman's comment about female Asian drivers is prejudiced. I just don't like to use those two words because it puts people on the defensive and triggers massive amounts of denial as opposed to having rational and open debate about it.
    No, it's ok. I am pretty ****ing prejudiced about that particular topic.

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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    I fail to see how it's nearly non-existent. Please do elaborate on how those of us who know we are completely tolerant of all races and do not see any one race being above any others actually... aren't.
    That's because you are not tolerant of all races. Tolerance towards all races with zero prejudices is unnatural. You can say that you hold no bigoted views against anyone but psychologists have proven that usually only the true racist of society make such claims. The people that vehemently disagree and deny that they haven't one bigoted bone in their body is just masking their fears of being exposed. Having negative feelings towards certain people places or things is ingrained in our human nature. It has to be in our psychological human makeup for survival purposes. Humans are not deaf, dumb, and blind animals.
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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Have You Ever Experienced Racism? If so, please feel free to share about it here.

    I think people would be shocked if they knew the number of peoples who are subjected to racism on a daily basis.
    Everyone has experienced racism. Everyone has used SOME form of prejudicial evaluation at some stage of thier life. no race is immune FROM racism. No race is immune to BEING racist.

    Hey...looky there...common ground...

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    Re: Have You Ever Experienced Racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Ok, fair enough. Replace "intolerant" to "prejudice". I was attempting the PC version and was hoping it'd spark more honest debate and not a bunch of "OMG I'M NOT RACIST!".

    When I make comments about Jews in accounting or Chinese in engineering, that's racism. Jallman's comment about female Asian drivers is prejudiced. I just don't like to use those two words because it puts people on the defensive and triggers massive amounts of denial as opposed to having rational and open debate about it.
    If I engaged in these behaviors, I would admit to it. But I take issue with being told that I do such things when I know I don't.

    Unless you count finding middle eastern men particularly attractive.

    I cannot think of anything negative offhand that I attribute to any race causing my reaction to that race to be clouded by it.

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