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  •  Racism existed, exists, will exist (1+ / 0-)
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    It is, I believe, unfortunately an inevitability of diversity and its lack.  We always will have stereotypes and ingnorance and misunderstandings of those from whom we are different.  What I try to do is recognize when I have that moment of clarity when I have "that" reaction to an "other".  When I recognize it I try to address it by taking a deep breath and challenging my feelings.  I try to be open about it, talk about it with others and also try to not be judgemental to myself and recognize it as an opportunity for improvement.  For example, it took 30+ years and an amazing Irish friend to fix my prejudice of Irish Catholics caused by a few kids bullying me during elementary school.  Now if I could only fix my dislike of teaparty adherents...

    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. A. A. Milne

    by Memory Corrupted on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 11:50:33 AM PST

    •  Reacting to the "other" (3+ / 0-)

      Is it built in? 60 Minutes did a fascinating piece last week on some work with infants, testing their reactions to whether certain actions were fair or unfair etc. In one segment they give the infant a choice of which stuffed animal is "good" - the one that likes the same snack they do, or the one that likes a different snack.

      In offering babies this seemingly small, innocuous choice -- graham crackers or Cheerios -- Wynn is probing something big: the origins of bias. The tendency to prefer others who are similar to ourselves.

      Karen Wynn: Adults will like others who share even really absolutely trivial similarities with them.

      So will Nate, who chose Cheerios over graham crackers, prefer this orange cat, who also likes Cheerios -- over the grey cat who likes graham crackers instead?

      Wynn showed babies the grey cat -- the one who liked the opposite food, struggling to open up the box to get a toy. Will Gregory here want to see the graham cracker eater treated well? Or does he want him treated badly?
      ..........
      Gregory seemed to want the different puppet treated badly.
      http://www.cbsnews.com/...

      "...you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:21:05 PM PST

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      •  Awesome link. Thanks! It's interesting (1+ / 0-)
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        that the article is based around morality and that this sense of bias appears to be a result.  Very cool...

        The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. A. A. Milne

        by Memory Corrupted on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:43:47 AM PST

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    •  that depends on (0+ / 0-)

      what you mean by racism. To have racism, I think you first have to have the concept of race, which I don't believe has always existed.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:02:51 PM PST

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      •  I used 'racism' more in the context of bigotry (0+ / 0-)

        and prejudice.  There was no race difference between me and the Irish kids, just a religion difference.  

        In the Neanderthal days different might have been different color eyes or hair, "Why is that guy in our tribe when everyone else has dark eyes/hair and his are light?" or even short vs tall.  Who knows?   The Japanese are extreme in their requirements of conformity and have a great deal of communal interests.

        I think it all ties together but I'm not a sociologist, this is all guess work.

        The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. A. A. Milne

        by Memory Corrupted on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:40:39 AM PST

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        •  I think you're right about (1+ / 0-)
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          the distrust of people who are different, and I think racism and other constructed firms of bigotry exploit that kind of fear and distrust.

          "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

          by AaronInSanDiego on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:12:05 AM PST

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