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    Re: Racism

    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    Racism?...what the pandering left defines it as.
    Are you implying that it does not really exist?
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    Re: Racism

    According to ordinary language philosophy, 'racism' applies in any sense it can be used intelligibly.

    So, if we are referring to actions that may not result from racist intent but which stem from disregard for (and negatively impact) the material or cultural situation of a race, it is intelligible for us to describe that action as racist even though the person who performed it has no commitment to the belief, and therefore may not be intelligibly referred to as racist even though their actions are racist. This would cover 'what we say' as well, because speaking is an action.

    However, if a person has racist intentions but lacks the power to impose them in any damaging manner, we would describe that person as racist but would be unable to determine any of his actions to be racist, because, again, he lacks the power to perform significantly racist actions.

    With its politically, morally, and historically loaded connatations, clarity and emphasis on context on a case-by-case basis is the closest you can come to discovering the nature of an attribute like racism.
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    Re: Racism

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    According to ordinary language philosophy, 'racism' applies in any sense it can be used intelligibly.

    So, if we are referring to actions that may not result from racist intent but which stem from disregard for (and negatively impact) the material or cultural situation of a race, it is intelligible for us to describe that action as racist even though the person who performed it has no commitment to the belief, and therefore may not be intelligibly referred to as racist even though their actions are racist. This would cover 'what we say' as well, because speaking is an action.

    However, if a person has racist intentions but lacks the power to impose them in any damaging manner, we would describe that person as racist but would be unable to determine any of his actions to be racist, because, again, he lacks the power to perform significantly racist actions.

    With its politically, morally, and historically loaded connatations, clarity and emphasis on context on a case-by-case basis is the closest you can come to discovering the nature of an attribute like racism.
    So...what do you think about racism?

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    Re: Racism

    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    So...what do you think about racism?
    I don't have a general opinion about racism, other than the token, "It's bad." How much empathy I have for racist persons or actions, and what I think should be done or not done about it, is situational.

    As a soft non-essentialist (someone who disbelieves concepts describe entities with an essential nature), I take an ordinary language approach to terminology. I don't think 'racism' refers to anything other than what the speaker, whether an individual or culture, means for it to mean in any given context. I start out any conversation by approximating what they mean.

    This may be esoteric, but it is an esoteric question. We are trying to discover the nature of an attribute. Non-essentialists would say there is no nature, in the strictest sense.
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    Re: Racism

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Are you implying that it does not really exist?
    Not at all. I'm not racist, but I've been labeled racist by the left because I do not support their ideology.

    So, I must conclude that racism is defined by what leftist's need to forward an agenda.

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    Re: Racism

    In my opinion you don't have to act in a racist fashion to be racist. You can still think that your race is superior or another is inferior and not act on those beliefs. I believe if you think in a racist fashion, you are a racist; from there these people can act.

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