-[NEW]- Fran: who isn't racist? i haven't met anyone who was wholly perfect. how often do we hear comments like "those <insert race here>s can't drive" or "<insert race here> people are so good at dancing (or basketball, or whatever).
i'm racist, not because i have a focussed hatred towards a certain group of people, but because i group people based on physical characteristics and make assumptions about those groups. who doesn't. we live in a world of assumptions and groupings. birds of a feather stick together. it becomes a real problem when those birds decide they don't like other birds and start talking about it and then acting on it.
John: It will pass.
It will just take a while for the see-saw to settle down and reach equilibrium.
It's human nature sorting itself out in a modern world defined to by historical events.
In the mean time, we all just have to take a step back every now and again and try and just be simple humble decent pleasant kind human beings.
And don't forget to smile.
matt: equality should be defined as an appreciation of the differences bewteen cultures/races not an argument about the benefits/detriments of your birthright
Anonymous: The impirialist white society has not been oppressed for hundreds of years so there's no excuse for suggesting that white power is neccesary, we already have it. (Mmmm... No one ever said that we need either white or black or yellow or whatever-color power. The point the statement tries to make is: why some kind of 'patriotism' is considered racist and others not. Some of the answers are quite nice, just keep on reading... - Masatomo)
Lisa: It's all about negative discrimination....if you've been discriminated against for so long it gets to the point where you begin to discriminate back and it's not seen as being an act of discrimination....My opinion? Well being proud of what you are isn't a bad thing, it's only when being proud of your colour means regarding anything other than your colour as inferior that it becomes racist....everyone should be proud of who they are....rather than what they are, but what you are is part of who you are... I think each person's individuality is the amazing thing here...but then again, if someone is racist...it is part of their individual thought process and they are entitled to their individual opinion aren't they? It's part of what makes them who they are....very complicated this argument actually... No-one should have any more priveleges than anyone else just because of their colour, bloodline or famiily history...anyway, all those mad americans have loads of different bloodlines in their family histories...no-one is a "pure" whatever... On top of that, they are supposedly religious (KKK people) so then surely they believe that all human life was spawned from Adam and Eve....surely then that makes us all variations of the same race....?
Disko: This is a topic or debate that could run on and on. From what I know, but not necessarily what is true, there seems to be a slight difference in the way people perceive those who are proud of their origin.
The 'recent' articles in the papers about british police officiers being kicked out or not allowed to join for having a union jack tattoo is crazy. Why is it racist to be proud of your country/origin?? I think it will only be a problem to others as long as this kind of talk goes on. Bringing up the topic, making it out to be racist does harm other people's opinions of something that is quite innocent. I have no problem with a black person saying they are proud to be black, so why should a black or coloured person be offended by a white man or woman who is proud to be white? There is no need for it all.
Hopefully we can all find a happy equilibrium between the people of all races so this kind of debate is unnecessary.
In my lifetime though? Unlikely.
christopher: the two different feelings of pride differ in meaning because of the context in which they occur. they're logically equivalent, and in a cultural and historical vaccum the two positions would be identical, but not so in our particular culture where the two groups have different histories vis-a-vis one another. people who don't see the difference are decontextualizing the objects of their analysis, which renders the analysis meaningless.
flabbey: I don't think being proud of your heritage is racism, whether you are European, Asian, African, American, or anything. There is a difference, however, of being proud and being chauvinistic. I really think it is a silly subject to argue, since heritage is something you cannot alter. One just has to accept race as another small detail in the fabric of humanity.