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  •  Don't forget ingrained racism in Japan. (4+ / 0-)
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    This presents them with a conundrum given their dismal birthrates, which have severely declined with modernization. That's because their population problem requires an influx of foreign workers, and may well end up requiring an increasing number of permanent foreign immigrants to sustain their present standard of living. I think the Japanese people will overcome anachronistic racist attitudes in a multi-cultural society as new generations replace the old and globalization progresses, but we'll have to wait and see how that plays out. But racism in Japan is rarely overt or violent, although it is more strongly held against other Asians.

    Oh, by the way, I think you meant to say, "...the only good news I can see is that (in)tolerance is slowly being squeezed out of existence."

    It seems to be making a slight resurgence, but I think the outlook is bright for the same reason as the Japanese; the younger generations coming along seem far less inclined to be racist and far more inclined to interact. Another bonus--they also seem more likely to be Dems, which would help counteract odious voter suppression laws and rampant Republican gerrymandering. Hang in there, progressives, help is on the way!

    •  lol (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes I did, I apologize for that. Sometime my thoughts are going one way and my fingers go another. I definitely think we're becoming a more tolerant society and world as time passes.

      Japan is indeed another great example according to the accounts I've heard from people that have stayed there an extended period. I do rather hope like you that things will change in Japan but my optimism is much more tempered then it is else where. Mostly because the dynamic in Japan is well weird. In some respects Japan is utterly flexible and yet it's also very inflexible. The dynamic there seems to be 'do whatever you want up to a certain age and then behave'. I think that mindset will at the very least dampen the effect youth has on intolerance.

      Der Weg ist das Ziel

      by duhban on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 02:05:54 AM PST

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      •  No prob. (1+ / 0-)
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        Yeah, I think we're going to get more tolerant because civilization generally does progress, and because the world is becoming a melting pot, which forces tolerance. Not good for the white-ringers, xenophobes, and religious fundamentalists, but good for all the rest of us.

        •  My heart bleeds for them (0+ / 0-)

          well okay no it does not. Personally I think the lot of them can go start their own nation on another planet and inevitably fight each other. Failing that (as the British say) they can go bugger off.

          Der Weg ist das Ziel

          by duhban on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 02:33:31 AM PST

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          •  I feel you, brother. (2+ / 0-)
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            We just have to be careful their ignorance and intolerance doesn't infect us, spreading the disease.

            When confronted with racist attitudes, I always politely but firmly let them know I find it ignorant, and that it makes me uncomfortable. I think so long as it's not just the minorities targeted by such bigotry, but the majority also condemning it as socially unacceptable, progress is inevitable. Mostly I pity those possessing such ignorance, saving my wrath for those seeking to capitalize on it, or who would use it to perpetrate malicious acts. It's easy to forget it typically stems from insecurity and baseless paranoia, oftentimes instilled or indoctrinated at a young age.

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