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originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: TheRedneck
She's not protesting out of hatred, it's out of, to her, justifiable fear, as you rightly point out.
This is where, should she be willing, someone needs to actually sit down and explain what is happening. In that way, perhaps, ignorance is given short shrift. She shouldn't be shouted down, her fears should be addressed.
That and practicing what I preach are my forms of "not contributing to the problem". And in doing so, I end up interacting with a bunch of different people from different backgrounds, which also helps alleviate the problem. Ok, I'd like to think that it helps alleviate the problem, but that's actually determined when something bad happens & people have to choose between kneejerk fury or their newfound "understanding".
But doesn't that also fit under "not contributing to the problem"? For example, I think that ignorance and fear of the unknown are the cause of most forms of racism and bigotry. So instead of being a part of that problem, I prefer to see things for myself, learn the truth about things, and then teach what I've learned through activism and music.
Ok, I'd like to think that it helps alleviate the problem, but that's actually determined when something bad happens & people have to choose between kneejerk fury or their newfound "understanding".