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  •  Ok, it wasn't racist.... (3+ / 0-)
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    unclebucky, worldlotus, Powell

    That was ethnic humor, and "ethnist" isn't a word like racist is.  

    I grew up north of the Salton Sea, where the town was less brown, but where there was still a social strata in place.  There was even an African-American part to our town, and of course, given the stratification of the day, they went on the very bottom rung of the ladder.

    Small minds can't deal with diversity and personal differences, so they take one feature, say skin tone or family ancestry and make it an organizing principle.  Jews are lawyers, blacks are maids, Mexicans are cooks and gardeners, and to be a banker, you have to be a WASP.  The simple Archie Bunker view of the world is what keeps bigotry alive.   And it will probably be with us, as long as there are poorly educated and stupid people.

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