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  •  I'm not sure I understand your point. (1+ / 0-)
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    If someone is a racist, what exactly is there for me to understand about why they feel that way, and why does it matter why they feel that way? Aren't we beyond making excuses for hate and bigotry?

    I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by Blue Knight on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 12:53:52 PM PDT

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    •  Why do people hate? (10+ / 0-)

      and how can you begin to solve an issue you don't understand?

      I will Not give up, I will Not give in, I will Not quit!

      by JupiterIslandGirl on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 03:09:00 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think so (4+ / 0-)

      My mother was raised racist in 1940's Atlanta.  She overcame it for a variety of reasons.  I think it's likely that most people are bred to be racist, rather than becoming racist on their own at a later date.  It's really a form of abuse.  So I do want to understand it as best I can.

      I'm not attacking your character -- I'm just saying you f*ck goats.

      by deminva on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 04:05:46 PM PDT

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      •  Bred to be racist (1+ / 0-)
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        Now that conjures up a lot of interesting images. LOL

        I don't think I would say people are bred to be racist, but I do believe many people pick up these negative ideas from their parents and or peers. I also think there may be things that have taken place in their lives that have attributed to their behavior. I read a comment on another forum once where some guy was speaking about his hatred for Blacks. He attributed it to the fact a family member had been brutally murdered by a Black man. He even admitted he was being irrational for hating an entire group of people because of the action of one person but said, "that's just the way I feel." I actually felt sorry for the guy. That doesn't mean I excused or condoned his attitude but at least it gave me something tangible I could understand. If this guy made more of an effort to understand that Blacks are individuals, some good, some bad, maybe he would be less incline to blame me for something another person did. How can I ask someone to understand me, if I don't do the same for them?

        I will Not give up, I will Not give in, I will Not quit!

        by JupiterIslandGirl on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 05:43:25 PM PDT

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        •  Brought up racist (1+ / 0-)
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          That's what I mean--yeah.  When I was growing up, I used to hear lots of kids my age offer that "explanation":  I don't believe in interracial dating.  I just wasn't brought up that way.  or This is an all-white sorority, but we're not racist.  We just weren't brought up that way.

          I'm not attacking your character -- I'm just saying you f*ck goats.

          by deminva on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 07:50:25 PM PDT

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    •  Why does it matter? (0+ / 0-)

      It's not as though you can simply tell a racist person "No! Bad! Bad racist! You put that bigotry down!" If you don't understand what their issues are, you can't understand how to diffuse them--you can really only piss them off and make them worse. You don't need to make excuses for anyone to realize it's better for everyone if you eliminate their hate instead of increasing it.

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