maybe OT- who can be a racist?

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maybe OT- who can be a racist?
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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 1:30pm

I'm posting this here because this board seems to have a lot of activity, and I think there are quite a few smart folks on this board.

I was recently involved in a online discussion about race. Specifically, it went along these lines: Only white people can be "racists". Several black (or african american -- I'm going to use black because it's easier to type and most black people I know don't care if I say black -- I'm not trying to be insensitive), have informed me that ONLY white people can be racists. People of other races canNOT be racists.

Now, I don't understand this. It seems to me that anyone who denigrates another human being, based on their heritage/skin color, can be "racist".

Further, I asked about people who are of mixed race. I was told that if they identified more with their "white part", then they COULD be racist, but if they identified more with their "black part" then they couldn't be. (In that argument, it was more about whites and blacks, not other heritages.)

What do you think? Can ONLY white people be racists? If I am "mixed", and I identify more with my "white half", can I still be racist? I thought it was an interesting discussion, but I was called "the worst kind of racist", since I maintained my position that ANYONE could be a racist. Your thoughts?

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 5:32pm

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Most people don't

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 5:53pm

There was a thread a while back where the government, as part of financial reform, had included language about diversity.


These types of blanket statements do bother me, because I feel like they are often not really looking at the underlying issues that might be contributing to a lack of diversity.


For example, with financial reform, are the majority of MBA graduates white and male?

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 6:09pm

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It even harder to watch the local police academy recruit training class run by my house every morning and hear, "my son can't get a police job because he is a white man."

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 6:11pm

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I would agree too, because I think it's true, but his argument was that ONLY white people are "racists". It was his contention that black people could *never* be racists. He had several people who agreed with him, too. I posted this debate to see if that was a prevailing thought. From what I know of the people agreeing with him, they were both young AND old...

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 09-03-2010 - 6:17pm

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Well, people of all races and ages can be wrong.

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 6:19pm

There goes our conspiracy theory!

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 6:21pm

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Darn! What's a long weekend without a good conspiracy theory?

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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