posted on Dec, 2 2011 @ 12:50 AM
I have noticed a startling and also very interesting modern phenomena in our western society.
I will start by asking that posters not make poorly thought out comments and try to approach any opinion given by themselves or others from an
open-minded and non-racially influenced ideology or angle.
ie: Please don't be racist, just hear me out and tell me if you've noticed the same thing.
To anyone thinking that i am infact being in any way inflammitory I would direct you to the particulary careful wording of my post and i also state
right now and from the begining that i assess each person on their own individual merits and/or lack thereof, or in other words I strive to not be
racist as being racist just makes me a bad person.
This post is in response to a few threads that have involved the topic of racisim and also address a recent accusation upon myself of an act or stated
opinion containing what was labelled as "Subtle Racisim"
I was and still am quite offended by this. And in the event that a Moderator choose's to pull this thread thinking that i am trying to be smug or
attacking anyone, then by all means please do so, but please read the whole thing first as i feel i deserve a chance to be heard, like in a courtroom.
Racisim exist's in abundance. It is usually white anglo saxon people who are determined as the main offfenders.
This is simply not true. Racisim is unfortunatly and rather ironically a game that is open to anyone regardless of their race, sex, political
affiliation or religious beliefs (although it is sometimes not always this way as i will explain). I use the word racisim but the issues i talk of
apply to all forms of discrimination.
Comedians are a great example of this. As i am clearly avoiding being specific with my viewpoint i will refrain from naming any individual. Simply
watch a broad cross section of comedians and get yourself a pen and notepad and set out a grid with the various racial and religious (don't forget
sexual orientation) groups marked out and then, as you watch each comedian, put a tick in the box every time they make a joke about a race or religion
(or sexual orientation) that differs from the comedians own.
When you are finished, tally up the scores and see which particular group makes the most racially oriented jokes.
The answer might just surprise you.
This will give you a good indication of how prevalent racisim is in our global society
It also will give you an understanding of how certain groups of people are seemingly 'allowed' to be racist while others are not.
If your people have been enslaved or oppressed in the last 100 or so years then you may find that the rules regarding the application of the label
'racist' seem to differ to the rules that dictate the application of this label to other groups. However this rule is not always the same in every
part of the world.
Take my own country as an example. Australia. It was Colonized by the Brittish a few hundred years ago and the Brittish called it 'Terra Nullius'
meaning basically 'Empty Land' which implied that there were no Humans living there.
The Humans that were living there are still quite upset about this. Most of the First settlers were a combination of English, Irish and Scottish
'Convicts' who were enslaved and forced to go to this new land.
They found themselves in an interesting position upon arriving as the Non convict anglo-saxons considered them to be inferior to themselves and the
'Convicts' considered the original inhabitants to be inferior to them.
Fast forward 200 or so years and there is a situation where the decendants of the 'Convicts' are regulary called racist if they have a negative
viewpoint of the descendants of the original inhabitants (which is a fair call IMHO), and quite often they are considered Racist even if they do not
have a negative opinion (which is obviously not very fair at all), this appears to be based purely on the colour of their skin.
Interestingly enough, the original inhabitants never get accused of being racist despite their viewpoints on anyone.
I have no problem with my fellow Australians regardless of their racial background.
It truly is an interesting phenomena. One which has caused myself no end of anxiety and temper tantrums, let me tell you.
In closing I feel that the term 'Racist' (and other names for various forms of discrimination) is often used (ironically enough) in a very racist
(insert appropriate name here#) way, with people who are not actually racist(#), being called racist (#) because of the colour of their skin
(political affiliation, sexual orientation e.t.c).
Isn't that just the darndest thing.
Thankyou for reading.