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  •  It's really not that simple. (0+ / 0-)

    Obviously racism is related to skin color, but it's not as simple as people hating anyone darker than a paper bag.

    There are many people who "pass" for example, who are as light-skinned as you are, who, nonetheless have historically faced the same discrimination as darker-skinned blacks like me.

    If you think skin-color is the primary basis for racism, you really don't understand its nature.

    •  Did you not read my comment? (0+ / 0-)

      I said racism is based on race, not skin color (necessarily or primarily). I.e. being or seeming to be sufficiently different "racially" from a more dominant "racial" group, in ways that seem threatening or inferior to, that group, and thus in its view justifying discrimination. Such racial differences can be but are not limited to skin color or religion. European Jews were just as white as European Christians, and yet were subjected to racism, because they were seen as belonging to an inferior race. Similar thing with Japanese and Chinese, who are racially related but obviously also distinct, with Japanese historically looking down at Chinese.

      Btw, I'm certainly no expert on, but am familiar with that odious white southern view among some that even a drop of black blood in someone's ancestry makes them black and thus inferior, even if it's not visible. Thus the above quote.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:57:05 PM PST

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