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June 7th, 2009
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Skip trying to prove you're not racist

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From:dd_b
Date:June 9th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry, who has won what war?

Was I actually unclear, or are you just disagreeing?

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From:matt_arnold
Date:June 9th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
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You were unclear. Take out the pronouns.
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From:dd_b
Date:June 9th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
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White people have been taught that being racist is a very bad thing. We seem generally to have internalized this teaching; we think that being racist is a very bad thing.

This is in many senses a good thing.
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From:netmouse
Date:June 10th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I think you're generalizing too far. Some white people have internalized this teaching. Maybe even most. not all. The war has not been won.

But for what progress has been made, that is in many senses a good thing, yes. But it's not a good thing in the sense that it make us over-react to people pointing out valid issues.

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From:dd_b
Date:June 10th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
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"All" I certainly can't claim, no. But my conservative gun-nut friends, both here and the friends-of-friends down in Tennessee, seem to have black friends and Iranian friends and whoever else is around that they actually like, just as much as my liberal friends.

I think much of the remaining problem is in recognizing some types of racist behavior, more than in people thinking being racist is acceptable.

On the other hand, if I needed to find a taxi driver who would refuse to pick up black men, I'd look for a Somali (here in Minneapolis). I find this somewhat amusing in a sick kind of way.
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