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Posted 7/7/14
Well, other people have made great responses~
I'm just going to add in that skin color doesn't signify "race". If anything, we're all colorist.
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ishe5555 wrote:

I can't say that I have ever said or done anything "racist", but then I refuse to recognize the socio-political concept of "race".



That is a tight sidewalk at the far end, I see why he'd cross to the other side, rather considerate. It couldn't be just a perspective thing, since the camera angle is too high, and the guy's body at the far end is clearly taking up almost the whole sidewalk. I can be too much of an a-hole to bother with crossing, though. At the point that we got close enough to each other, if there wasn't enough room for both of us, I'd probably just try to flatten up against the wall and have them squeeze past.


My thoughts exactly .
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Just to clear things up,I'm not saying everyone is a complete and total racist. What I mean is that everyone, at one point of their life has done something,that if you thought about what you did long enough,you would realize what you did was kinda racist.Not trying to offend anyone.
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I may be racist but atleast im not a [INSERT A RACE OF YOUR CHOICE HERE]
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To an extent, yes, I think so because if you think about it, racism is just prejudice. If you are constantly fed the same information about something, you will eventually be brain-washed into believing because that is the only information you know.

Also, stereotypes, exist for a reason. So I tend to believe in racial stereotypes because there's a little bit of truth to them. Which is why in a bad neighbourhood, I'd cross the street, like in the picture, if I see a rough looking black man walking towards me. And I do not think this is racist at all, I think it's smart if you don't want to get mugged.

It's only racist when you assume that all or most black people will mug you and they won't.
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Kunami_Mata wrote:


Axerith wrote:

Am I racist, or are there just a lot of thin skinned people who have been raised to act as if they used to be a slave and you were a slave owner? Being insensitive is not the same thing as being racist, or homophobic, misogynistic or the like.


Yeah it is. I'm not chastising you for it, but it absolutely is.


If you think that, then you're one of those thin skinned people who make themselves professional victims. It's pathetic.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbud8rLejLM
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I'm prejudice.
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I actively try not to be, and if i have a thought that stereotypes any one race i try and recognize it and squash it immediately. :S

i also call out racism wherever i can (i may have made a girl drop out of my poetry class b/c she wrote a racist as hell poem about muslims and i TOLD her) so while i'm benefiting from white privilege i try my hardest not to be scum!

(though living in the south makes it hard to avoid people who say racist stuff!!)
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Posted 7/7/14 , edited 7/7/14

Axerith wrote:

If you think that, then you're one of those thin skinned people who make themselves professional victims. It's pathetic.


Because everything is black and white like that. Because I disagree with you about something, that means I am something else, and there is absolutely no wiggle room whatsoever.

No, dude, I'm sorry. All I'm saying is that being intentionally tactless and knowingly insensitive about the differences in people is kind of the backbone of prejudice. Saying otherwise is incredibly ignorant. It doesn't bother me that you are ignorant. Everyone has a God given right to be ignorant. But I do feel you should be told.
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Posted 7/7/14 , edited 7/7/14
Not even. Being racist is to hate someone because of their race.The word 'racist' is wrongly used in a lot of occasions because it's powerful enough to put shame on someone or single them out for no reason . I would say that I am slightly stereotypist. I dislike the people who stick to certain stereotypes (gangster culture, fancy etiquette etc.).

At the end of the day, racial stereotyping is no offense. Our brains register with societies information on common behavioral methods of different races as a method to ensure our safety. So whenever you see someone who is of a different race, you skim through stereotypes but It makes you a better person to ignore them when necessary.

As for the picture, could we just put it down to a matter of preference? Would it be considered racist if it where two people of the same race in the picture because I know I do this almost all the time when I walk down my street and it doesn't matter what race passes by.
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I can't help but to think of that song once I seen the title of the thread.
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Racism is something that is already ingrained in our society, is not something one country or another, everyone has some sort of bias. In Brazil for example most burglars are dressed similarly, hat, shorts and sunglasses, the night you are walking down a busy street not so, of course you'll think at the very worst. People have the freedom to choose what to wear but could avoid situations like this.
Posted 7/7/14 , edited 7/7/14
Not me, I'm not racist at all...I judge people by their actions and not by their skin color or place of birth.
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Okay, since I only made a snarky comment earlier - I'll bite.

All of us have some prejudice we hold in some way toward some people. Sometimes it's based on race, sometimes it's based on attire, sometimes it's based on tattoos or lack thereof. We have internal biases which we've learned over the years. Some are logical, some are illogical.

Examples? It's logical to feel nervous if someone in attire is following you closely in the middle of the night. It's illogical to be nervous being on a crowded road and seeing someone of a different race walking in your direction. It's logical to be nervous walking in a neighborhood which is known to have a higher crime rate. It's illogical to automatically assume everyone who is different from you in said neighborhood is going to try to hurt you.

We can fix these things by recognizing when logic has been taken over by some inherent prejudice we hold & figuring out why we have said prejudice. It's an individual thing, IMO and hard to make society-wide means of fixing it.

That said - shows like Sesame Street, the Cosby Show have done a great deal to help improve racial relations in the US. Also, integration of the military. The first by showing normalcy in different races living harmoniously. The second through camaraderie among people of different races fighting for their lives alongside each other.
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