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  •  everbody don't like sumbody, probly. (14+ / 0-)

    But it's demented and shameful to stoop to cliched prejudices as tho they were taken for granted reasons to make it acceptable. It's not.
    But that's how it's played.

    Don Benedetto was murdered.-IgnazioSilone(BreadAndWine)

    by renzo capetti on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 08:38:18 AM PDT

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    •  If by racism you mean (12+ / 0-)

      believing stereotypes and harboring suspicions about people who look different from us, then everybody is racist to some degree. It's something we all must fight against internally, a jihad if you will.

      The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

      by Azazello on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 08:47:58 AM PDT

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    •  Yes. This issue is so complex... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...To me it is more a lack of respect for life in all it's myriad forms, shapes, colors, and configurations.  i, myself, have been simultaneously the beneficiary of white privilege and the victim of white prejudice.  

      I got food stamps once when I hadn't met the requirements -- because of white skin and the queen's English.  The requirments were a total boondoggle which had nothing to do with my eligibility.  I'll spare you the bureaucratic boondogle story except to say that I don't think a black woman would have gotten the stamps as I did.

      Most of the prejudice I have experienced has been due to characteristics most would take as positives, just as being white is supposedly a positive.  It was a benefit in the food stamps case, but it was a part of the contibuting factors which led me to need food stamps in the first place.

      Pardon me, but I must, if I am going to be honest, state something which is difficult for me to say.  I was quite pretty in my youth, repeatedly being nominated for beauty contests like Homecoming Queen (UCB), Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, Miss California/America.

      But, as I was to learn, my ambition to receive a good education and have a good career were in conflict with my looks as well as with my generally happy demeanor.  I think smiley can understand what I'm saying here.

      All but one or two of my professors were very 'put off' by my appearance and made graduate school a great difficulty for me.  Enough so that I finally quit and became a ski & surf bum, working as a waitress and limosine driver.  Ah, shades of Ginsberg's "Howl."

      So what I am really trying to say is:

      Human predjuice encompasses much more than the usual assignations of race, religion, politics, much more......We need respect for all life.

      Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are being persecuted for telling the truth. Paul Craig Roberts

      by dharmasyd on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 03:14:28 PM PDT

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