reply to post by Irish M1ck
Absolutely it still exists. And, I would argue it always will. There will always be a certain percentage of every population that cannot be bothered
to judge other people individually, and will choose instead to judge "all" based on "some."
It is intellectual laziness. There will always be people who are guilty of that.
However, that said, that propensity to intellectual laziness exists in every "group." There is not now, nor has there ever been a subset of
humanity that did not use that sort of judgment against other people.
What is different today, in this modern time, is that large numbers, the majority of people, are rejecting that "blanket" judgment of others.
In the past, not only whites but every ethnic group and culture I am aware of, used that collective form of judgment. "Them" and "us." Be it two
enemy tribes native to North America, or tribes from Europe, or the Mediterranean, or Africa, or any other continent. You were "them" or you were
"us." Of course there have always been cases where people meet and discover the fallacy of that "line" drawn between people, but by and large the
majority of all humans thought that way.
What is fantastic about THIS time in our history is that we have evidence that people are looking at people and still judging, but judging
individually rather than collectively. We ARE looking at the content of a man or woman's character and not the color of their skin.
And yes, there is room for improvement. Isnt there always? But I think it is a grave injustice to overlook how far we have come, to diminish this
really great human achievement by insisting that how the past was is how it remains. Tribalism is not yet dead. It may never die entirely, but it is
no longer the dominant mindset, at least here in the US. We should all be proud of that, and grateful to live here, now. And by all means we should
not encourage the regrowth of tribal hatred by accepting or leaving unchallenged the claims and racist assertions of those unwilling to let that go.
It seems to me that some of the most vocal about "racism" today really do not seek equality for all, but rather aggrandizement for themselves and
their "kind" however they identify that. I am absolutely willing and dedicated to ending discrimination of all kinds. I think we absolutely should
judge individuals individually, on their own merits or shortcomings. But I will oppose without apology any attempt to trade one form of tribal
discrimination for another, and I will have no problem calling a racist a racist, (or a sexist a sexist) regardless what their "historical" or
personal experience of discrimination may be.
I think we do need to keep the pressure on racists or sexists in America. I just think we need to be darn sure we arent being racist or sexist
ourselves when we apply that label.