Post # 1
So, call me naive but I really didn’t think racists and bigots on the scale of neo-Nazis and white supremacists existed in our time. At least not on a large scale and certainly not large enough to have a global following. I mean, obviously with globalization and multi-ethnic cities and worlwide travel an higher education, people would have grown out of that stupid, hateful, ignorant mindset right?
And then I found Storm-freakin’-front. http://www.stormfront.org/forum/
Now, I would try to explain some of the filth I’ve read on there but it’s so mind-boggling and deluded that I just can’t comprehend it, let alone explain it. Everything from calling Nazism a great way of life, saying the media is controlled by hooked-nose Jews, whites are culturally and intellectually superior, Indians are cockroaches, Blacks on welfare should be sterilized, white couples should have as many children as possible to perpetutate their race, whites are the only truly beautiful people etc., has been spouted on there.
What is wrong with people? How can this possibly be justifiable? I become speechless and riiculously anrgy everytime I read the lies they tell, but it’s like fascinated horror. It’s terrible but I can’t stop reading it, knowing that this is what humans capable of rational thought can believe.
So go on and have a read and tell us about your stories regarding racism and prejudice. Having you been on the receiving end? Do you have a close friend or family member who is extremely racist? Also, please vote in the poll. It’s anonymous so no one will know but please be honest.
Post # 3
What does wanting to marry someone of the same race have to do with racism? I never wanted to marry outside my race but I am far from racist. Also, how did you not know this stuff existed?
Post # 4
There is always going to be hatred and prejudice in the world. The good news is that racism isn’t that common or you wouldn’t see the backslashes that you do (like the Paula Deen backlash).
Post # 5
@gelaine22: +1. Exactly this.
Post # 6
@Arshim: I am a teacher. My students are all white and the majority are very rich. The only time I really lose my cool is when students say racist things, make racists jokes, etc. They often do not think they are doing anything wrong and then I just lose it on them! Luckily I haven’t gotten in trouble, let’s hope it stays that way.
Post # 7
How is refusing to marry someone solely because they are of a different race not racist? This is an honest question.
Post # 8
@MrsPanda99: @gelaine22: I think she meant it is more as “I would never consider marrying somewhat outside of my race–because they are not the same race as me.” Which would make someone racist.
So somebody may not openly/outwardly say or express racist things, but they would not consider marrying someone of a different race because they do not think it is compatible or acceptable (solely based on race).
Post # 9
@Arshim: Where are you from Arshim? I also never knew this kind I thing existed until I took a trip down to the southern states with my family when I was about 15. I was SHOCKED at the racism going on… Even the subtle things. I walked up to a black man to ask directions to a restaurant, and he looked downright shocked that a teenaged white girl would go to HIM to ask a question instead of the other white people nearby. It was effing weird.
Post # 10
@worldtraveler: Maybe it is then. It’s all semantics so it can be taken however someone wants to take it. My personal preference is to marry someone from the same cultural background as me (Russian). Luckily for me, I met my FI who happens to be Russian. If that wasn’t possible, I would still want to marry someone the same colour as me. Is that because I hate everyone who is black, brown, or purple? No. But it’s my personal preference for marriage.
Post # 11
@MrsPanda99: It is not at all racist to marry within your race. However, eliminating the possibility of marrying someone who is not of your race is definitely racist. Why would you ever refuse to marry them unless you think they are not good enough for you?
Post # 12
I don’t think I could have married someone of another race. While I’m only a teensy bit racist (and almost everyone is, juuust a little), my family is VERY racist, and would not have accepted someone non-white into the family!
Post # 13
@gelaine22: This is interesting to me, my little brother only likes to date white girls (we’re white) which I honestly do find a little off putting, but he is no racist. is it because you’ve never found anyone outside of your own race attractive? or for other reasons? for example I’ve found other women to be attractive but I don’t think I would ever date one!
I for one find myself engaged to a white guy when I was pretty sure I wouldn’t marry a white guy ever!
Post # 14
@Arshim: I honestly can’t even bring myself to click on the link you provided because I just don’t want to see it.
Unfortunately, I know there are plenty of people out there who are racist, just as there are plenty of people out there who are homophobic. I remember having a conversation in middle school with some guy who totally thought white people were superior to all others. I just genuinely didn’t get it. I remember asking him, “So did someone of another race hurt you or your family? I mean, where does this hate and anger come from?” and his response was along the lines of, “No! I would kill them if they came near me or my family!” Uhhh … Okay. I stayed far far away from that guy after that.
I was 13 and in 8th grade at the time. I’m now 28 years old and that conversation haunts me to this day.
The only thing that gives me any hope is that I know there are many people out there who want to teach their children about equality and appreciating/learning from the differences in others (whether it be race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.). I’m proud to say that’s how I was raised, and my fiance and I will be raising our children (when we have them) in that manner.
Post # 15
@NotTheDoctor: Hm. I can see that this will blow up and quite frankly, I don’t need my life or choices evaluated by strangers. Suffice it to say that it is my preference and if that makes me racist in your eyes, then I’m totally, 100% okay with that.
Post # 16
@Arshim: To answer your question, I have family that lives in Kentucky who are very racist (distant relatives). Fortunately, my immediate family is not racist. Both my FI and I are of mixed ethnic backgrounds, so our families are very diverse and inclusive.