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I already told you that I aggree we need to fix the problem with the death penalty.

I'm talking about society as a whole, not just the justice system.  The best way for me to measure how society thinks is by how they spend their money and what news they are most interested in.

Obama, Oprah, and Tiger are 3 very strong examples of people who most likely wouldn't have been able to succeed in their efforts if this were the 1970s.  
Have we acheived true equality? Maybe not.  But I believe that there are more opportunities for minorities than there were in the 1970s.

I define racism as a belief that one race should have more rights and opportunities than another.  

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Fine, you win... I guess society is more racist, I mean goodness... If affirmative action existed in the 1920's people would have accepted it with open arms!  Tiger woods must have magically hypnotized people, White people don't REALLY like to watch him golf.  And we must be racist! I guess the only reason Obama is getting the majority is because he's got a white grandmother. It couldn't be because our country is ready to choose based on qualifications and not skin tone.
You got me... you're brilliant!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Racism will fade away if we'll let it.
« on: March 21, 2008, 02:27:57 PM »
I think what people are generally saying is that "examining the process and fixing it" might be the exact opposite of "letting racism fade away." Believing that your kids will be less racist is, ultimately, neither here nor there, but people are also disagreeing with your evidence for believing that generations are naturally less racist than those who came before, which seemed to be the gist of what you were saying.

I don't think generations are naturally less racist, but I do think that society is causing less racism than it was before. And at least people are being more respectful even if they harbor ill feelings for a particular race. 

Do you have any evidence to suggest that people are becoming more racist?






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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Racism will fade away if we'll let it.
« on: March 21, 2008, 02:07:51 PM »
Dashrashi:  if what you say is true then we do need to examine the process and fix it. 

But nomatter how you look at it, people shouldn't think I'm stupid just because I believe that my children will be better than I am.

I think we all need to remember that EVERYONE has to do their part.  I've identified that at this time in my life I need to focus on raising my kids to be good people.  That doesn't mean that I wont do what's right if I get the opportunity to defend victims or right the wrongs of society.  Don't mistake my optimism for indifference, and don't mistake my hope for ignorance.




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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Racism will fade away if we'll let it.
« on: March 21, 2008, 01:40:18 PM »

...I think that part of the dismantling of that trend has to be talking about it openly, owning it as our problem, analyzing it, and taking steps to erase the possibility of it ever happening again. A very active process, and not one we can hope time will accomplish on its own.
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I'm not saying that time will heal all wounds.  I think that actively teaching our children and the next generation to be tolerant, just and wise is a VERY effective way of fighting racism, don't you?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Racism will fade away if we'll let it.
« on: March 21, 2008, 01:28:36 PM »
I didn't know I had a profanity filter turned on.  I wonder what people are really saying to me.
I just want to thank everyone for your comments.

Bearly Legal:
You made a lot of good points. I'm mostly examining this in the context of friendship.  I doubt my children will have any reason to choose their friends based on skin color.  If I used skin color to choose my friends then I wasn't aware of it. 

Reezy:
You're pretty funny.  I'm sorry you think I'm a moron. Now stop being a jackass.  Tell me what you think I should do better.

Dashrashi:
What do you mean by "Dismantling"? 

Everyone Else:
I am speaking about this issue from my point of view.  Apparently nobody thinks I know what I'm talking about.  Does everyone out there really disagree with me?  Don't minorities now have equal rights as far as the law is concerned?  What else can we do other than teach the next generation that all men are truly created equal?





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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Racism will fade away if we'll let it.
« on: March 21, 2008, 11:57:39 AM »
I guess we should change the title of the thread.

Any suggestions?
How about

"You can't judge a book by it's cover or a man by his skin, but it's okay to judge a thread by it's title"

"You're racist, you just don't know it"

"I know more about your family than you do"

"Quit starting threads about wrong poo"


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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Racism will fade away if we'll let it.
« on: March 21, 2008, 11:53:35 AM »
"As they say on XO, SELFPWNED!  You should wikipedia this term: "Sociology."  Moron.

What do I suggest you do?  I don't know.  Quit starting threads about wrong poo?

And listen, truthfully, I think that's cute about your kids.  I hope the same for mine."
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Okay, I've already admitted that I might be naive and that I'm apparently no expert on the subject of race.  I also admit that I don't know anything about sociology.  I'm a moron and that's really too bad.

When I lived in China I didn't like their food, music, or holidays.  I liked my culture a lot more than I liked thiers. So am I racist after all?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Racism will fade away if we'll let it.
« on: March 21, 2008, 11:44:18 AM »
And you know there is a difference between culture and race right?

People will always prefer the culture they are comfortable with, but that doesn't mean they will automatically judge people based on the color of their skin.  My whole point is that my children will evaluate others based on behavior.  

So what would you suggest I do?  

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Racism will fade away if we'll let it.
« on: March 21, 2008, 11:31:50 AM »
something about baseless assumptions.

I'm confused.  Are you saying I should read a book about baseless assumptions?

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