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Zer Netmouse
June 7th, 2009
06:14 pm

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Skip trying to prove you're not racist

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From:sethb
Date:June 8th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
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If you define racism in a way that makes only some people racist, it's your definition that has that cause; how useful is that? I prefer to define actions (and beliefs) as racist; it doesn't matter (to the definition) who performs them or holds them. And it's the specific actions (perhaps as the results of specific beliefs) that actually affect people.

Very little misery is caused by prejudice based on social class. Economic class (and not prejudice based on it) causes misery. I'm prejudiced against people who are unnecessarily and unintentionally rude and impolite (which is low/lack of class). How much misery does that sort of prejudice cause?

If you can't afford the stuff you want and need, you're miserable. It doesn't matter whether someone looks down on you because of that (that's the prejudice part), it's the fact that you don't get it because you can't afford it.

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