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  •  Now we're into intersubjectivity... (3+ / 0-)

    ...or even a semi theological debate whether I needs Thou in order to know anything. Interesting topic though, and I see your point. However, beyond the horizon of self reflection there is also a horizon of events. Racism isn't really just a state of mind: it's a series of actions and concrete events.

    "It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us." Walter Benjamin. More sane debate on the Moose

    by Brit on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 10:49:18 AM PDT

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    •  Paging Martin Buber? (2+ / 0-)
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      Brit, Chitown Kev

      Free associating over here. Work's going very well, let me tell you. It's aggravating, brick-wall research day for me, oh joy...

    •  Well, not exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      The dictionary/common usage definition is in fact "a state of mind". It's usually defined as "a belief that . . . ". Yes, you can also find definitions that continue with "a system based upon the belief that . . . " but that's really a tautology. It all goes back to a belief, i.e. a state of mind.

      The "actions and concrete events" are manifestations of that state of mind. I do think you make a good point in your diary that oftentimes the two are confused -- somebody is saying that a given statement is racially insensitive, and then it's taken to mean that the speaker is a racist. I think it's useful to avoid that kind of unnecessary conflict.

      But in either case, my only point is that there has to be some degree of objectivity introduced into the picture, and that nobody has an exclusive right to determine what the objective truth is. I think that would hold true whether we're talking about a particular terminology, or the speaker/user his or herself.

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