(Closed) Open Racism Spinoff

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

In general, I do think that people are confusing the term racism with predjudice.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Racism has an element of power (and in essence privilege to it). A minority cannot be racist towards someone but they can be prejudiced. In going along with that, minority groups are such because they do not have the social power that the other groups do. Even if there are more [email protected] in this country than ever before, they are still considered a minority group because of their lack of power (political, social, etc.). Keep in mind that I am American

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@AB Bride:  no it wasnt being discussed. I’m saying it should have been. If not djscussed explicitly, it should have at least been acknowledged. Remind me please, was it you who claimed to know more about racism than most people here because you took an undergraduate course on the subject? If so, i respectfully rest my case. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I agree that racism is still an issue in the US. I don’t believe it is a one sided issue, however. Racism isn’t defined by only two terms (black/white) ,although it’s what the media publicizes the most. I know many white americans that are racists towards mexicans (considering I live in the deep South, this is probably a slightly bigger issue here than, say, washington). I also know that many black americans are racists towards white americans…and vice versa. I’ve seen both sides, and one side doesn’t happen more than the other, IMO. I will not go into certain parts of a city in the area I live because it is known for hate crimes against white women/girls. It isn’t racist in my opinion to stay away from a place that I know I would be targeted; in fact, I HAVE been targeted there once, and I was actually called “whitey” by the black gentleman that approached me. It is not racist to stay away from a place that is known for hating a certain group of people. Just as I wouldn’t go into a building that I knew was holding a KKK meeting, I won’t go to this part of the city (it isn’t the whole city, mind you, just one ‘pocket’ area) where white women and girls are targeted for rape and murder.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@bellaluna290:  there it is. A subjugated group does not have the social capital to be “racist” (an institutional concept). hateful, prejudiced? sure. But not racist. Also, minorities who promote racially insensitive ideas normally do so because of personal experience, not a sense of genetic/ethnic superiority.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@bellaluna290:  THANK YOU!  This is exactly right.

Post # 13
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11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@bellaluna290:  Thank you for saying this. It’s a very clear, concise summary of what non-whites (and whites) have to deal with. 

It’s really sad that this shit still exists. Hearing racial slurs/racist or prejudice talk/etc. makes me really, really uncomfortable. We have a family friend, who I love dearly, but constantly says things like this. The sad part is that he’s lived all over the world and travels to Asia a lot for business and STILL says shit like this. I used to work with a Mexican-American guy who referred to all Hispanics/[email protected] as “Mexicans.” I grew up in a small midwestern town hearing every brown person that, but I did NOT expect it from him. I responded that they aren’t all from Mexico, and he was like, “Well they had to go through Mexico to get here, so they’re Mexican!” omg stfu. They only wanted to hire white people the season I worked there (and then spent the whole time complaining about everyone!) because “the Mexicans are probably all illegals anyway.” 

I am SO glad that I don’t work there anymore. Oh, and they just went out of business, so…suck it. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@bellaluna290:  THIS!  Thank you! 

I think part of the issue is that so many people think of “racism” as only an individual problem, and either do not know or choose to ignore the cultural and institutional manifestations. 

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