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  •  No one can change anyone else. (7+ / 0-)

    That change can only come from within one's self.  By asking the person to explain what is funny about a hateful racist posting or comment you cause that person to analyze himself.  Self analysis is anathema to racism and hate.  If there is a preponderance of civility in the person he will see himself again for the first time, dislike what he sees and thus we have the beginning of change coming from the only place it can come from -- within.

    Any other approach will get defensive hackles up, heels dug in and you will actually bolster their racism.  MLK and Gandhi knew this and showed this.  It's true and it works.

    Doesn't work on everybody.  But it works on most folks who have a shred of common decency.  

    "The opposite of faith is not doubt. It's certainty."

    by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:55:19 AM PST

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    •  There's the key (3+ / 0-)

      As you said, it doesn't work on everybody.  Some people will see what you're getting at and get angry -- or just get mad because someone's questioning them at all.

      To be honest, I wasn't trying to be kind to him -- I was very nicely saying, "Admit it, you're a racist bastard."  I'm not sure if he took it down because he saw the error of his ways or because he just didn't want to admit it out loud.  He may very well re-post it, or something like it, if he thinks I'm not online.

      It's like an eternal game of whack-a-mole in hell.

    •  folks like that don't have any civility (0+ / 0-)

      The only reason they don't burn a cross is because they don't want to deal with fallout.

    •  as for Gandhi (0+ / 0-)

      Why don't you read about the Amritsar Massacre and Udham Singh?

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