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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    I couldn't; some people probably could.
    It depends upon how their brains work.
    Anyone could, I think.

    Some would require more to cause the change, but it would still happen.

    As an example, if you were "flirted with" in a disgusting and uncouth manner by every single white male you encountered, would you not become bigoted against white males in general?

    Now, that obviously wouldn't happen (or I seriously want to avoid an area that it would), but you get the point.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Yes! A person can become racist.
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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: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    I couldn't; some people probably could.
    It depends upon how their brains work.
    You can't say that with any reasonable amount of certainty.
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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: Can you "Become" Racist?

    They can be called Oriental as long as we are called Occidental in the same sentence, I think.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    You can't say that with any reasonable amount of certainty.
    Yes, I can.
    My mind doesn't work that way.
    I'm 35 years old. It's not suddenly going to start working a different way than it's ever worked.
    If I get raped by a guy named Bob, I'm not going to loathe and fear every "Bob" I encounter for the rest of my life.
    If a hazel-eyed guy breaks into my house and murders my entire family while I sleep, that isn't going to make me start hating every hazel-eyed person in the world.

    I'm not some unworldly naif; I've been around the block a time or two.
    I've encountered bad situations from time to time. Upsetting things have happened to me occasionally, and by "upsetting", I mean I'm lucky to be alive.
    None of it ever turned me into a racist.
    Nothing ever could, even if worse things happened to me, because if worse things happened to me I'd be dead, and dead people can't be racist.

    That's my line of reasoning, anyway.

    Some people seem to have minds that make connections that are very foreign- very alien- to me.
    They associate a person who has hurt them with other people they don't even know, simply because all these people share some superficial physical trait.
    That doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't even compute, in my worldview.
    I see it's a (flawed) defense mechanism, a way to try and protect oneself from further damage, but in fact I believe it would be more likely to yield the opposite result.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    They can be called Oriental as long as we are called Occidental in the same sentence, I think.
    Which we aren't, so.

    It doesn't make grammatical sense to use those words in such a way.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Anyone could, I think.

    Some would require more to cause the change, but it would still happen.

    As an example, if you were "flirted with" in a disgusting and uncouth manner by every single white male you encountered, would you not become bigoted against white males in general?

    Now, that obviously wouldn't happen (or I seriously want to avoid an area that it would), but you get the point.

    Well, to be honest that's sort of happened already, but since every single person I actually care about in this world (which is only four and a half people) is a white male, meh...?
    Guess it didn't turn me racist.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Which we aren't, so.

    It doesn't make grammatical sense to use those words in such a way.
    If they are both used incorrectly in the same sentence, it works like a double negative and makes everything better, I think.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    They can be called Oriental as long as we are called Occidental in the same sentence, I think.
    All I know is whatever you do, don't call them Chinamen with jfuh around.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    All I know is whatever you do, don't call them Chinamen with jfuh around.
    "The chinaman is not the issue here, Dude. I'm talking about drawing a line in the sand, Dude. Across this line, you DO NOT... Also, Dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please."- Walter Sobchak
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