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Posted 2/3/15
I have always been taught that there is no inherent difference in a person's value, character, or ability which is based on their race or ethnicity. That everyone should, as far as race and ethnicity is concerned, be considered entirely equal. I believe that to be so, and so there is no conflict on this matter between myself and my parents.
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My parents dislike Hispanics and Blacks simply because of their potential "gang influence". I rarely argue with them over it though. I tend to argue with people who claim racism no longer exists.
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Posted 2/3/15
Naw, my parents are old and from a different generation so I get it. It's not like they passed down their beliefs unto you, if they did tha'd be fucked up.
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Posted 2/22/15 , edited 2/22/15
Nah, however, if you venture into grandparent territory, my maternal grandmother still uses the word neg*o all the time, and it drives me up the wall.

Neither of my parents are really racist. My mom likes her stereotypes, but she's not racist, she's just an asshole.

My grandmother, however, definitely grew up during the "racist" eras, and I do think she's considerably racist. At least thus far in my life I've never heard her use the other N word, even if she uses neg*o constantly in reference to black people, but I somehow suspect she used the former when she was younger....
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Posted 2/22/15
My parents and family in general hate almost everyone equally. Mainly because they have all went through hard times in the past. Because of the city we live in though, the race that gets the most hate happens to be black people. If I had to say anyone in my family was racist though, it'd be my sister considering her reactions to black people. "He's pretty cool for a black guy," pretty much sums up her behavior.

We're asian btw
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Posted 2/22/15 , edited 2/22/15
I would, but I'm not one to start arguments.

At the very least, my mother is pretty open minded about racial issues, though my father seems to have an "exception makes the rule" mindset sometimes.
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Posted 2/22/15
My parents are racists sometime but I can't really blame them. They're old fashion. I tried to explain to them that they shouldn't think that way but they doesn't seem to understand what I'm trying to get across. But they can believe what ever they want to. Doesn't bother me.

Honestly, racism will and forever continue to exist. A place that doesn't have racism is a Utopia, and there is no such thing as a Utopia.

Racism = Social class. You can't have one w/o the other.

---said someone on the internet.
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Posted 2/22/15
I assume this is a question for white people.

My parents are great and my grandparents are great. I have a cousin with a mixed-race baby, everybody loves the kid.

My employer takes care of me now. His brother has kids and thinks it's hilarious that his kids don't want to talk to people of different skin color and swears he doesn't talk about racism at home. Calls it human nature.

All I'm left with, honestly, is the idea that maybe not talking about racism at home is the problem.
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Posted 2/22/15 , edited 2/22/15
My parents raised me to be aware of my white privilege, and how to "stay in my lane" along with other vast acceptances.

I mean, I do have family who have darker skin i.e., Cuban and Armenian, but I do not show it at all. I got the pasty Irish side from my dad. So I'm still white and will be represented that way in society.
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Posted 2/22/15 , edited 2/22/15

VZ68 wrote:

I hate people who live up to stereotypes more than I hate racists.






Scooty-Bby wrote:

If a black man says something to a white man, perfectly fine.
White man says something to a black man, its a hate crime.

Unfortunately thats the world we live in


If a black man says something to a white man he ends up with a bullet in his head.

Daily reminder that you cant "Flim Flam the Zim Zam" or "Scarren the Darren"
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Racism exists and prejudice will never really end. That's how it is.

The best we can do as human beings is to try and remember that there is often more to something than meets the eye.

It is hard to dispute that people know better but still aren't able to adhere to that. I think racism is simply an extension of the prejudices that we are instinctively born to make.

Being able to quickly judge whether something is safe, harmful, etc. was essential for survival in the wilderness. Nobody ever stopped to think "geez, I wonder if this lion running toward me actually just wants a hug." If they did, they aren't alive now. Survivors either kill the lion or run away before being killed. They learn to be careful around the lion.

Our minds are made to automatically classify things. The upside is that we can classify really fast and that allows us to act quickly. The downside is that mistakes are sometimes made. But the principle is that it is better to do something now and ask questions later. The pros and cons of having this type of mind are there, whether people want to admit it or not.

Everyone is racist to some extent. That won't change. The only really significant differences are how much their belief affect their behavior. So I don't really care when people say racist things as long as they aren't in the presence of someone applicable. The way they act matters more.
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Posted 2/22/15
I don't really argue with my parents anymore. The highschool, rebellious phase is well behind me.
Posted 2/23/15
Never argued about race with my parents. I've ripped on so many groups of people out of frustration even in front of my parents. Yes they'd get kind of offended by it, but it's never gotten to the point that it becomes an argument.
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Posted 2/23/15
Thankfully no, I mean I still haven't met anyone who has never said something stereotypical or racist. Issue with my family is alot of the elders are homophobes and have no problem saying their ignorance out loud. Whenever my aunt says fruitcake, I call her a straight-cake and she gets mad
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Posted 2/23/15

onibrotonel wrote:

Forget that. This afternoon, after getting off the car at the Wal-Mart's parking lot, one girl together with two guys suddenly called my mom "Ching Chong." My mom did not know she was being degraded by words, but I was there.

In quick response, I called them "racist Jews" repeatedly.

Swear to god, I was close enough to start a brawl. They can't disrespect my mom like that.



The best thing to do in those situations is simply ignore them. I can't even begin to count the number of slurs I've had thrown at me due to my race. I've learned, while it does take more will power, I felt better ignoring people like them because stooping to their level is far too easy.
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