posted on Aug, 8 2006 @ 08:43 PM
WtF? This thread is exactly why the race issue will never be solved. Anytime someone tries to have a rational, reasonable discussion about it,
everyone makes it personal. In all my life I've never seen a discussion about race end as a discussion about race, but i digress...
What most people don't realize is that racism is deeply embedded in our language. Many of sayings still used today originated in racist times (
Probably all of them did). One example off the top of my head would be, " That's kettle calling the pot black".
Now before you dismiss this outright, think about it - This term is only used as a way to say someone bad is calling someone else bad. ( I don't mean
that in a good vs evil sorta way.) Example: If someone unshaven and unkepmt were to call someone a slob, we would say, "Isn't that the kettle
calling the pot black".
When I hear that I can't help but think to myself, "What's wrong w/ being black".
Now if in that same instance I were to say, (Trying to think of white objects....) "Isn't that the teacup calling the saucer white" You would say
to yourself, "That doesn't make any sense!" That's because white is always associated w/ positive themes and dark tones w/ negative themes.
The media has had a huge part in programming us this way.From movies, tv, you name it. Next time your watching anything remember this - No matter how
dark the good guy is, the bad guy is always darker (not always skin - clothes too, or has beard).
Some racist will say that that is art imitating life, but they don't realize how powerful our media is. It shapes our view of the world at a very
early age, and even worse it shapes our view of ourselves. When we see people on a screen that look like us, we relate to them, and we say he/she
(whatever) is like me. When white people always see white people as good, white people will eventually believe they are morally superior. When dark
people always see dark people as bad, they will eventually believe it is in their to be bad nature to be bad.
I know what your thinking, but you have to realize that no one consciously decides this - it happens on a subconscious level, Thus the term,
"Programmed" when in reality we are just humans flaws and all. Within every person there is good and there is evil. No race holds a monopoly on
What was my point again? Oh yeah, racism is deeply embedded in our language, media and society as a whole, and only when we as a people become aware
of that, can we begin to have a calm, rational discussion on the subject.
To get back on point, Romney should've known better.