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Originally posted by Xodiac
reply to post by Mad Max
I'm amazed at the bias when it comes to racism.
A lot more people will be voting for Obama because he is black then will voting against him because he is black. Wouldnt you say these people are just as ignorant?
I will not be voting for Obama, and it has NOTHING to do with race.
What an absolutely ridiculous question to ask.
As long as thier have been humans on this planet, there has been racism, and as long as there are, there will be racism.
"That's just the way it is" not only belittles the issue, it suggests it is pointless to try and address it. While there are indeed some people whose attitudes are hardened, many others who have been influenced by racial prejudice, whether directly or inadvertently, are open-minded enough to reconsider their attitudes.
In the UK 20+ years ago there was deep mistrust and open hostility towards ethnic minorities on a nationwide scale, at every level of society. Prolonged, concerted efforts both on the part of the government and the minority groups themselves have led to social cohesion unthinkable only a short time ago. While mistakes were made, and the situation is still far from perfect there is now a palpable sense of mutual respect that pervades our society. I, like millions of others, have undergone a personal journey that has led to recognizing my own deep-rooted, baseless prejudices and coming to appreciate that there is strength in diversity - as long as the talents of all are allowed to flourish unhindered.
And I am taken aback that some in 'The Land of the Free' might consider ongoing harassment and oppression on the basis of skin-color something not worth confronting. It is those with that attitude that need a reality check. This is the 21 Century. Time to move on.
Reactionary cynicism is not becoming in this day and age, to say the least. I'm afraid your response is full of it. I can therefore only hope it was rhetoric rather than your considered opinion.