Racism is the belief that race is a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent
superiority of a particular race. In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or get
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1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination
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Racism is a certainty in the American way of life. It is unfortunate that our country has fallen plague to such an atrocity. While reading a
thread here on ATS, www.abovetopsecret.com...
, it seemed to me that everyone missed the underlying issue with this. We
all like to go around pretending that racism is not as large of a problem as it actually is. Of course as expected everyone started talking about how
the news anchor was (insert descriptive word of choice) and completely missed that the actions the news anchor took were racist in themself. It was
assumed that because the polotician was white and the First Lady (in case you did not already know) is black that race played a part in the statement.
That is racism and the reason that it will always exist in our country. We cannot get rid of the problem until we recognize all the ways that it
exist. Not defined and IMO just as racist would be assuming someone is acting on racist belief because of their race. Also not defined would be
behaving in a manor other than normal on the fear of being percieved as racist or by extorting that fear to gain favor based upon your race. Without
discouraging all forms of racism it will always be.
Scenerio 1: A male works nights at a convienient store. It is normal practice to them to lock the doors and use a drive up window to do business
durnig the night. However, a male (of a different race) comes to the window and asks if he can come in. The clerk at first refuses but then because
the male outside is of a different race than him lets him into the store in order not to appear to of made a racial assumption.
If the clerk would not of let him in would it of been because or race? Even though it is standard for them to lock the door, the clerk would of been
accused of being racist anyways. It was his fear in this in which he acted other than normal. What if the customer was aware of this and took
advantage of it? Are these not all forms of racism?
Scenerio 2: A male walks into a doctors office at noon. He does not have an appointment but walk-ins are welcomed. And 12:30 p.m. A male of
another race comes in and sits down. The male that came in second has an appointment and is called first. The male that was at the office first
imediatly attacks the staff and says "it is because I am (insert your choice) right?"
We have all seen this one played out in one form or another. It is automatically assumed that because of their race they are ignored. I am sure it
has nothing to do with the fact that they walked in and the other one had an appointment. Is this not racism?
On a side note and ironic to say the least. Is it not the ones that your hear saying "it is because I am (whatever)" that also acuse everyone else
of being racist. Which by the idea infront of you and the example of the news anchor would actually make them just as racist. Just something to
We will never remove racism beacuse in one way or another we are all at fault. Black, White, Pink or Purple we all play a role.
Mods: Please move to a better location if this one is not the right one. I had no clue on this one. I usually do not get involved in threads of this