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  •  He doesn't hear the content (9+ / 0-)

    Often people who are racist literally do not hear the clear implications of what comes out of their mouths. Even if it's played back to them, they still don't hear it. It's not a failure of memory; it's nearing the words and not having a clue what you yourself just said.

    I was involved many years ago in a sex discrimination case for a woman who kept getting passed over for promotion. When we deposed the 3 school board members who kept voting against her, one said -- on the record, under oath -- "We can't hire her as principal because she'd have to drive in snowy weather." Another said "I've never known a woman who could balance a checkbook, so obviously they can't be principal of a school." Neither one considered those statements sexist or offensive in any way. Fortunately their lawyer got it, and we settled the case shortly thereafter.

    •  I completely believe you... (3+ / 0-)
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      and at the same time your anecdote is just unbelievable to me. Kind of like when an older coworker once told me that when she was first married, her dentist would have to speak to her husband on the phone prior to doing any work on her teeth.

      Lisa :)

      All Kossacks are my allies, but if you can't express your thoughts in a civil and kind manner, I won't be engaging in a conversation with you.

      by Boston to Salem on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 04:42:10 PM PDT

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    •  like some kossacks upthread? (4+ / 0-)

      they use "squaw" "heap-big" and "firewater" as if those are acceptable words. They don't hear what we Indians hear at all, we hear them as racist epithets and ugly stereotypes.

      I'm sure each of those kossacks don't mean to be racist or to repeat anti-Indian epithets. They aren't racist, they just don't hear what they said.

      America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

      by cacamp on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 04:58:33 PM PDT

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    •  Well, I'm glad it's now been pointed out to him. (1+ / 0-)
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      Fucking racist.

      Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

      by HappyinNM on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 05:05:39 PM PDT

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