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Originally posted by RuledBySecrecy
so it is ignorant people who call somebody racist for a dislike of another race, as these dislikes tend have roots
I admit it: I'm voting for Barack Obama because he's black. […]
I believe that most of Obama's supporters are voting for him for the same reason. Like me, they're drawn to his idealism, his youthful energy, his progressive politics. But it's his blackness that seals the deal.
And that's OK. In fact, it's wonderful. […]
Obama's blackness is his indispensable asset. Without it, he would not have a snowball's chance in hell of being elected president.
I was reading a heartbreaking story in National Geographic once that a lot of art groups are frantically trying to save very ancient and beautiful art in sculpture in the Middle East that is not getting destroyed in all the wars. Not even just the Iraq wars, but all the civil wars as well. But a lot of people just freak out at what they don't understand. And mis-understandings happen so easily.
One example would be Americans on the xbox 360....Many a time they will start 'bashing' the UK players, I then join them and completely 'bash' the Americans. Yet a few minutes later I could be playing with an American friend.
Originally posted by scientist
Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
Kids are very discriminating - because they are very insecure and need to constantly feel that they are connected to "normal" social group. Adults are the same kids, only a little more experienced,aware and empathic to others.
You have that backwards. Kids are by naturee not self concious, and not discriminating. This is all taught by the parents. You seem to imply that adults mimic children, when it's pretty much common knowledge that children mimic the behavior of adults. That's how it works...
That brings me to the answer to this thread: racism still exists today, because adults are still teaching it to children. I most certainly do not think that racism is some inherent belief system that you are born with. If so, let's just all call it quits now.