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  •  A racist by any other name (11+ / 0-)

    is still a racist.

    The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

    by MadScientist on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:39:20 AM PST

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    •  I think it's the aggressive attitude and any (5+ / 0-)

      actions that follow which are defining. The object at which aggression is irrationally directed is less important in the sense that the target/object has no practical recourse to intercept or counter the aggression.  Any personal characteristic is essentially immutable. The target can't do anything about it.

      Defining a person as a racist or a homophobe or a misogynist does nothing for the victim. It is a useless label and ipso facto dismissive of a meaningful response.  On the other hand, if a person is accused of abuse and found guilty, he can be restrained, if society is so inclined. Sad to say, our culture of obedience tolerates abuse and even goes so far as to permit torture by agents of law enforcement. "Less than lethal" gets a pass and, if the perpetrator has good cause (is frightened for his safety), even a killing can be dismissed.

      The U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of spouse abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, prisoner abuse, etc. Dismissing aggression by labeling the perpetrator (racist, rapist, pedophile, terrorist, homophobe) obviously does nothing to stop the abuse. Acts need to be judged on their own, not the intent of the perp.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 08:00:03 AM PST

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    •  Racism vs. Prejudice (2+ / 0-)
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      Killer of Sacred Cows, 43north

      Conservatives can justifiably deny being racists because they don't have a firm theory about race the way the Nazis did....meaning.....not all blacks are bad...They're OK with Dr. Rice, Justice Thomas......

      However, the word that was used more commonly back in the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, as I recall, was PREJUDICED.

      Can we try this out in conversation with people who we think are racists? When they deny being racists.....ask whether they aren't prejudiced.....don't they pre-judge certain groups of people.

      We all have our prejudices but what is important is to recognize them and deal with test our preconceived notions.

      If only one had time to soak oneself in the topic here:

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