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Originally posted by hephalump
reply to post by mideast
Hardly. You're the one who's coloring the whole by the actions of a few.
That in and of itself, is arrogant isn't it? Thinking that you know what all Westerners are like? How is that any different than someone thinking everyone from the mideast are alike?
I know that's not the case. How about you?
Your post really shows me how easy it is for media and the Controlling elites to control how people view world events and foreign policies of nations.
And they don't show much reaction when they see their govt invades countries with no reason and retreats with no reason. They don't react when they see their military forces act such as this
Originally posted by Hefficide
So tell me folks. Why is it that we can put men on the moon, we can see the far points of the universe, we can send an object to the edge of our own solar system, we can cure diseases, communicate - globally - in real time, we can split the atom, and are beginning to understand the very building blocks of time, space, and creation... We can do all of this and so much more that is beyond amazing and yet we still cannot get past looking at others and making judgements based upon something as meaningless as the color of their skin? That we cannot, as a whole, get beyond such a superficial, external and slight genetic difference is beyond silly. It is absolutely stupid and ignorant.
I know that when I ask "why do you support your govt helping and establishing terrorist groups?" , they answer that these people are killing each other ,they deserve it.
I know that generalization is not true. But I do it so that some western people wake up.
That is one of the reasons I am here.
I am tired of your media beating war drums for years.
I can't stand it.
Your media has been beating war drums for years in middle east.
It is your media , it is your govt which is starting wars and helping minority extremists. It is you that should do something,
No Messiah is going to come out of lies , bloodshed and massacre.
Originally posted by Hefficide
reply to post by Battleline
Of course I have been in such situations. Over the course of my life I have had a very diverse range of close friends and tended to be highly social. What you are describing would be more than norm for me than the exception.
In fact I can up the game and say that I have watched people who don't ever appear to have any racial bias suddenly exhibit extreme racial biases if provoked in the right way. Push hard enough and one could have Gandhi screaming racially charged epithets. This is, I think, true for most of us.
My feeling is that in such situations a person is not being racist as much as they are serving a need to be as provocative and over the top as possible.
Thus I do agree that anger is most certainly a trigger for many racial outbursts. But what is at the core of that anger? What is the fuel that the anger is igniting?
In my opinion that fuel is fear. Being white, I can honestly admit that I've heard my elders, my role models growing up, making disparaging remarks about other races... You can't trust 'em, they're out to get you.... They'll smile at you and then steal your job... They want to breed our race out of existence... They hate you because of what happened 200 years ago - never forget that and so forth. I'm utterly positive that such things are true for the vast majority of us to one degree or another.
Those seeds plant deep... and from them grows fear.
Part of my dialogue - both external and internal - is to be very honest and open about it all. I've learned that the things we keep silent are the things that tend to swell up and overtake us.
I think the anger is a product of fear and that the fear is the product of ignorance and flawed information... vague generalizations that seep in and poison thoughts. Just turn on a TV and watch it happening right now. A nation dividing because two people met in the darkness, one lighter skinned than the other - and neither one of them behaved optimally, resulting in a tragic end of a young mans life.
All because, it seems to me, they were seeing each other in racial terms and not purely human terms.
Originally posted by WeAreAWAKE
So an orange person is walking down the street and meets a green person. The green person, in the orange person's opinion is rude and ignorant...so the orange person continues walking. He runs into another green person...same thing. And again...same thing. Eventually after ten such encounters he runs into a green person who is "fine". Not great, not bad...just "fine".
So is the orange person a racist for expecting, based upon his experience, that the next green person he meets...he will likely not like? You know...the way every other creature learns about other creatures, no matter how close they are genetically? The fact is that a long time ago, there were racists (both black and white) who were racist simply because of skin color. But not so much today. Today kids are not raised as "color racists" but instead, they become racists (both black and white) simply from experience.
So maybe we need to change the word "racist" to something else since it is not race that causes the dislike. Maybe something simple like "educated opinion". I can go with that.