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  •  Mars? (1+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Simpson
    Where will this not be the case?
    Somewhere that escaped European/American colonialism and imperialism, and which also avoided the cultural influence of American mass culture.

    A white face in Lagos is probably an oil company executive, in Kampala a businessman or a tourist. Even if you don't like white people, you're going to recognise them as either powerful people, or representatives of powerful countries. "White people's countries" are rich and powerful, so even if you dislike them, you're not going to think of them as inferior...you're probably going to think of your own people as inferior.

    When a billionaire despises you, you suffer; when you despise a billionaire, they shrug. It's worse to be a waiter at a party of billionaires than to be the billionaire at a gathering of spat-upon waiters...the billionaire goes home, secure in his identity, knowing that what those people think of him can't hurt him. The waiter goes back to his room feeling diminished, feeling like there's something wrong with him. And wakes up the next day, feeling the same disdain, every day of his life.

    Racism isn't about prejudice, it's about power.

    •  Great. You have made racism irrelevant. (0+ / 0-)

      That is, you have made it irrelevant for anybody but white people.

      Only white people can be racist and, it seems, white people are automatically racist.

      With such views, it is hard to take the idea of racism seriously.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 11:45:40 AM PDT

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