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Should There Be Laws Against Racism?
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Yes, there should be laws against Racism, Discrimination, and Sexism. And any other form that purposely isolates a group of individuals through action.

That said, no law can force you to change your view nor your heart unless you yourself decide to do so. Therefore, a person can be racist (in thought and voice) but will not act out because they fear the consequences such as loss of revenue, reputation, and punishment.

In the USA, we have the right to free speech. We are allowed to express our views, whether popular or not, to the public without imprisonment. We should allow them to vent as long as they do not act. For a person that rants is less dangerous than one that does not.





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Posted 8/5/15
There is.
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Posted 8/6/15
Honestly, I don't believe in any laws that attempt to regulate thought.

I think that racism is a terrible horrible thing, but I do not believe that anti discrimination laws are a good thing. a public entity should be held to the standard of supplying the same service to all citizens.

That said laws that compel a private individual or business to provide a service they do not wish to provide doesn't feel like a correct choice either, I think the correct way to handle the problem of employment or service discrimination(I.E. no members of Race X allowed to eat here posted at a restaurant) is for society to exercise its market power and make that business unprofitable for holding a racist viewpoint.

Finally, I also think "Hate" crimes are absolutely ridiculous, hate should be perfectly legal murdering someone because you hate them should be a very very similar punishment to if you murdered someone because they had something you wanted I.E. Money.
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No there should not. Because often something that is infact not racist is deemed so. Its a very loosely used term.
I mean alot of white people would be in trouble with the law if everything that anyone claimed was racist were to be deemed racist in court.
Your only racist if your white. It would be injustice. Because anyone of any race that isn't white can say what ever they like to and about white people and its ok. It would be a double standard. Reverse racisim actually.
I could see it now. A compay being in trouble with the law because a black employee were laid off or something..
Posted 8/6/15
Technically there already are.
But I feel its easy to get past that, or they often do nothing about it.

What people think of racism/certain races, I wouldn't put a law against, obviously. (Like that would do anything anyway tbh)
Posted 8/6/15

MrAnimeSK wrote:

No there should not. Because often something that is infact not racist is deemed so. Its a very loosely used term.
I mean alot of white people would be in trouble with the law if everything that anyone claimed was racist were to be deemed racist in court.
Your only racist if your white. It would be injustice. Because anyone of any race that isn't white can say what ever they like to and about white people and its ok. It would be a double standard. Reverse racisim actually.
I could see it now. A compay being in trouble with the law because a black employee were laid off or something..

Highly doubt that would happen. That's too much of a reach.
I mean, PoC already have a hard time actually being about to bring an actual racism issue into court, and injustices from it. What makes you think they could do that & get away with almost any racism accusation then?

Honestly I see white folk using that term more losely than any other race. Sure there is the occasional PoC, like my auntie for example, thinking that she didn't get a job cuz she was black. And we all know that's not true. She just wasn't capable.
But accusations like that I doubt would ever reach into court.

Racism is complex, and comes in many different forms. Laws against racism, like in OPs post, wouldn't stop it.
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Posted 8/6/15 , edited 8/6/15
^must be different where you live i guess.
EDIT:Although i do agree in one way. White people who defend every other race and culture and etc probably do use the world racist and act more offended than the people who are actually not white lol. Like the white guilt is so strong in them they act like its personal.
Posted 8/6/15 , edited 8/6/15

MrAnimeSK wrote:

^must be different where you live i guess.
EDIT:Although i do agree in one way. White people who defend every other race and culture and etc probably do use the world racist and act more offended than the people who are actually not white lol. Like the white guilt is so strong in them they act like its personal.

Oh yeah definitely.

Some white people I feel literally have no clue what racism is or how something could be racist :/
I personally see it as people looking stupid/making a fool of themselves most of the time.
Like those who are like "cultural appropriation is racist!!"

With AAVE. People who don't speak it/understand it would say a whole sentence in normal English then add a word like "Savage!!!" and use it incorrectly too. Its the equivalent to adding a random Japanese word in a English sentence tbh. They sound stupid to me. Not really appropriating & culture.

With some cases, its true to a certain extent though.
I think if it contributes to a stereotype somehow, then yeah.
Not sure if this is a good one, but when like people put chop sticks in their hair or something?
Well first off, its actually literally called a hairstick. Like, it was originally designed for hair & just hair.
I think you see it a lot in non-asian cartoons/movies/shows that have stereotypical asian characters.

Its a extremely outdated sorta thing too??? Nobody really wears hair sticks anymore besides possibly for traditional purposes?

I think something like that could be both racist & cultural appropriation.
If that makes sense.

But most of the time, that's not the case anyway tbh.
Posted 8/6/15 , edited 8/6/15
I'm split two ways about this, really. On one hand, we should always try to stop negative behaviour towards eachother and punish those who take it to a criminal level. However, I think racism laws just enforces the fact that people are different, that one race of people should be treated in a different way to another. People should be punished for discrimination, sure, if they are actively not employing/housing/aiding people of a certain race/sex/sexual orientation etc. But there shouldn't be separate laws for racial violence or criminal activity. Things like that put the barriers between people even higher.

Also, I think (usually caucasian) people take things way too seriously. Like changing nursery rhymes from "baa baa black sheep" or black boards become chalk boards because it could be deemed racist. I'm pretty sure the supposed targeted people don't even give a crud, or have even considered it to be offensive. I think something can only be offensive if that group themselves are offended/hurt by language/activity.

Edit: At least here in the UK, most of the government and judicial system (if not all) are white, middle aged to older males. I think that kind of speaks for the issue itself.
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Since my opinion is rather long, I'm spoiler tagging it to save space.

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The problem with laws is, they only really shine when it comes to preventing physical actions. Even then they still don't always work I.E gun laws.

Though it is very commendable that many are taking a stand against racism. We have to also understand it's a two way street.

It's good that if in some way, saying something racist will earn you a fine you have to pay. But it may unintentionally open a door for more laws to be passed that limit other things that we are allowed to say. Essentially one door closes, another opens.

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Posted 8/6/15
It'd simply be impossible to enforce laws on any form of racism. Racism occur through many different mediums and people tend to be racist, and other kinds of discriminations, online. Where they are seemingly protected by their anonymity. How would we track down racism, through people reporting? It'd be a waste of time to be chasing this down when there are many other more crucial issues to deal with. The point where racism gets out of hand and worthy of dealing with, it probably would've already been dealt with even without laws on racism. Additionally, racism is heavily surrounded on perception and personal hurt. What one may deem racist, another may deem a passive joke. Although, I am completely against racism, bringing laws into the matter wouldn't exactly help us any more than what's happening now.
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Posted 8/6/15 , edited 8/6/15

racism be illegal?


is it feeling based,
or is it logic based.

Racism actions is one thing,
said things is another case.

Whats said is said,
some people would go nuts on anything.


When does things go too far or just leave things be?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uvJzr0zZvk
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Posted 8/6/15
The only way to stop racism is to end ignorance. Making laws wont keep people from being racist.
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we can never stop ignorence. And being afried of the unknown is only human. If a person looks or act in a way you have never encuntered before, or if you have bad memories from ppl that are that way, ofc you gonna be afriad. So we can never stop rasism in anyform, be it culteral rasism, religius version, skin color, or gender based. We can how ever do our best to minimize it, and we ourself try to ceep a open mind. Even to ppl who are rasist or nazist or whatever. Or els we are just like them.
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