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  •  I disagree somewhat w/ 15 (0+ / 0-)

    Racism, to me, is the belief that one's ethnicity/skin color indicates one's superiority over people of other ethnicities/skin colors, and grants one a complex web of unearned powers in comparison to one's inferiors (even if their inferiority is entirely not their fault, an accident of nature, and one wishes them no ill because of it).

    Trying to tread softly, tip top, etc., to me is an indication that one (whether in the up group or the down[s]) is aware that racism exists, but may not feel familiar enough with people of other ethnicities/skin colors to be more forward. To me this is a sign of a potentially constructive mindset.

    For instance -- and transiting a bit from racism to sexism -- I far prefer men who tread lightly around issues of male privilege than men who are just sure they know "how women think" on the subject.

    If, however, time and familiarity do not bridge the comfort and knowledge gaps between the tip-toer and tip-toees, I take that to indicate a prejudice that stubbornly resists unlearning.

    Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

    by raincrow on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 12:54:02 PM PST

    •  And I can't tolerate 95% of the hip-hop lyrics (0+ / 0-)

      I've heard. The music is a total jam, incredibly creative and definitely puts a spring in my heel, but even after weeding out the overtly sexist crap, which makes me wild with rage, there's only so far 4-bar rhyming couplets can go. If that makes me a racist rather than someone who worships at the feet of poets the likes of Leonard Cohen, then by God I'm one of the worst.

      Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

      by raincrow on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 01:03:55 PM PST

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    •  racism in this sense (0+ / 0-)

      is prejudiced based on the color of their skin. racial discrimination.

      which in this case is saying things like rap music isn't music, when it certainly is. you don't have to like it.

      -You want to change the system, run for office.

      by Deep Texan on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 01:21:40 PM PST

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