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Post by joe » Tue May 03, 2011 1:52 am

a lot of white people in the US don't think racism still exists. i even know people like this here in san francisco. even though studies constantly show racism is still popular all over the country. i just read about a new one: a guy wrote to various people in congress, using fake names that sounded white or black. the black names were ignored (no reply) from both democrats and republicans much more often than the white fake names

specifically 56% overall response rate, but 60% replied to "jake" and only 55% replied to "deshawn," a difference of 5%. but republicans were 8% less likely to respond, possibly because they assume a black person will always vote for a democrat anyway.

http://butler.research.yale.edu/papers/ ... minate.pdf


so yeah, racism.
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Re: racism

Post by SurNim » Tue May 03, 2011 3:09 am

joe wrote:racism
Racism is a part of being human,
everybody sees the obvious differences.
There is no way around that.
Everybody of every "race" does it, no exceptions.

I think it is best just to accept our differences and make friends with everyone.
That is my take, if you don't look down on people based on their race, then it is not a big deal.
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Post by Mad_Dugan » Tue May 03, 2011 3:12 am

xenophobia; once we can all hate an alien race, everything will be fine.
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Post by Velp » Tue May 03, 2011 3:24 am

Mad_Dugan wrote:xenophobia; once we can all hate an alien race, everything will be fine.
Sadly this is true.
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Post by joe » Tue May 03, 2011 6:57 am

SurNim wrote:Racism is a part of being human,
i'm pretty sure the billions of people who aren't racist would disagree with you
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Re: racism

Post by Wolsk » Tue May 03, 2011 10:08 am

Everyone's a little bit racist.
Sometiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimes.
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Post by Nightwolf » Tue May 03, 2011 4:11 pm

Wolsk wrote:Everyone's a little bit racist.
Sometiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimes.
Everybody hates somebody
Sometiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimes

(reminded me of a spin off of that song... )
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Re: racism

Post by jazzy » Tue May 03, 2011 9:53 pm

so basically wasting senator's times with letters that are fake
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Post by stabbyclaus » Tue May 03, 2011 10:15 pm

jazzy wrote:so basically wasting senator's times with letters that are fake
proving racism is hardly a waste of time.
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Post by joe » Tue May 03, 2011 11:39 pm

A new study of capital sentences handed down in first degree murder cases finds evidence of racial bias against minority defendants who killed white victims.

For Habeas Corpus cases involving a minority defendant, the error rate was 37.5 percent if the victim was white, and 28.4 percent if it was not white, with a statistically significant difference of 9 percentage points.
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Re: racism

Post by A Ninja » Wed May 04, 2011 12:08 am

joe wrote:
SurNim wrote:Racism is a part of being human,
i'm pretty sure the billions of people who aren't racist would disagree with you
Pretty sure that those billions of people are racists as well in some form or another.
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Re: racism

Post by pepper » Wed May 04, 2011 12:09 am

I don't know why people try to debate this topic, yes it will always exist, and nothing anyone says will change that, in my opinion.
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Re: racism

Post by Gr|m » Wed May 04, 2011 1:20 am

could racism be considered simply "partially believing" common stereotypes?

There's perfectly understandable reasons as to why they wouldn't listen to those letters- however, while I think they are bogus reasons, they may be different from necessarily "racism"?

For a number of reasons, a large % of black kids do very poorly in school. From my understanding, this has nothing to do with their skin color but all to do with the current culture, with the rolemodels, famous people, etc that they aspire to be, and honestly, a bad start since slavery and segregation. Since thug gangsters became the ideal for many black kids, they are set up for failure. Not to mention the amount of single mothers and such.

With that said, these senators know this and, playing off the stereotypes, choose to ignore people who they assume will be less educated. Racism? If you define it as that, then yeah. I definitely think it's wrong, whether considered racism or not
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Re: racism

Post by mR.MouseR » Wed May 04, 2011 1:54 am

joe wrote:
SurNim wrote:Racism is a part of being human,
i'm pretty sure the billions of people who aren't racist would disagree with you
SurNim wrote:Racism is a part of being human.
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Re: racism

Post by joe » Wed May 04, 2011 2:15 am

racism is learned, it's not part of being human. there have been plenty of cultures free of racism in the past and present.

generally it exists because the ruling class uses it to keep the working class distracted. it's not natural human nature. tribalism/xenophobia is to a degree but that's not the same thing as hating all black people
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