Originally posted by LordBucket
Somebody give me any reason why race should be magically exempt from consideration.
This is an excellent question! I'm going to attempt to explore it.
If an athiest avoided talking to a co-worker solely for the fact that he was christian...nobody would brand him as evil.
I think some people would. I think many Christians would. And I think I would. Not "evil", but closed-minded, prejudiced and arrogant, surely. But
Christians history in this country is one of being the majority, secure in their beliefs, specifically protected by the Constitution. They haven't
been the outcasts, the slave class, the oppressed. They've been in charge.
If a girl wears a shirt that says "boys are dumb" she's
not going to be ostracized from society.
No, but boys wouldn't like it. Mothers of boys wouldn't like it. And I'll bet there would be plenty of girls who didn't like it. They're not
going to be ostracized, but neither are racists. They live and breathe among us. What if her shirt read "Retards are dumb"? A totally different
response. Boys have never been oppressed, looked down upon. Boys (and men) rule this world. Boys don't have the history that would cause extreme pain
seeing that shirt.
Hollywood can make movies that bltantly make fun of short people, and people
will rush to take their children to see them.
Sorry, I don't see it. I watched the trailer and read the synopsis but saw nothing about little people, let alone making fun of them.
Religion, gender, height, philosophical outlook...why is it socially acceptable to express every sort of preference, judgement, pre-judgement,
hatred and dislike for people based on any criteria other than race?
It's not. It's not socially acceptable to make fun of or show prejudice towards people who have a history or a stigma that would cause pain to them
and others like them. I'm sure there are going to be exceptions to this rule, but in general, if someone has been oppressed, made fun of, thought of
as inferior or have a history of great pain, it's not socially acceptable to hate them or prejudge them for it. It still happens, but it's not OK.
Stereotypes rob the person of their individuality. Placing someone in a group with certain characteristics is not fair. And making fun of someone
because of their physical appearance is just a sign of insecurity not to mention totally insensitive. Now, people still do these things. It's not
against the law to be racist, but other people who aren't into prejudice are going to call you out, especially if your expression of prejudice is
In fact, this purely local, and cultural preoccupation with "race" isn't about race at all. There are three "protected" groups in this country.
Blacks, gays and jews. Anyone else is fair game, but if you say anything about one of those three, even if it's true, you're branded as an evil,
Think about the history of black people, gay people and Jewish people. How many of them were killed JUST because of those adjectives?
And I disagree that these are the only groups who are "protected" as you say. People are "protected" based on their gender, religion, "race"
(all of them), nationality, disability and age. You start making jokes about a disabled person and you'll find out real quickly just how socially
unacceptable it is.
Really, the only unprotected minority is weight. It's still socially acceptable to make fun of or not hire fat people.
When somebody tells me they don't like whites, or christians, or whomever...I'm ok with that. I don't see anything morally "incorrect" with
Someone saying they don't like
Christians is not expressing a preference. That's expressing a prejudice. That's singling out a group for a
negative judgment. And everyone in that group is the subject of that negative judgment, no matter who they are
Saying you prefer blonds is a preference. A choice. An attraction. It's singling out a group for the possibility of a positive judgment. You're not
going to like ALL blonds.
So, if I preferred
dating black men over white men, that wouldn't
I hate white men or that
I would automatically like all
black men or that
I would never date a white man.
But if I had a prejudice
towards white men, that would
I would never date a white man because I have negatively judged them all without any further information about any individual.
Don't fool yourself into thinking that prejudice and preference are the same thing.
I don't know if I answered your question, but I tried.