Why So Many Racists Don’t Think They’re Racist?

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  1. ptosis profile image67
    ptosisposted 6 years ago

    “That’s not racist!”, "... I have lots of black friends!", "... you're the racist for making it about race!", "... I'm just being honest about the facts!", "... I was just making a joke!"  So why is it so hard for people to admit that USA is a racist nation? Because it pops your American Dream of:  If you work hard, you can achieve anything. If you follow the law and respect law enforcement, you won’t have any problems. If you are successful, it is because of your own ingenuity and effort, not because you have had advantages handed to you from birth. If someone fails to reach that level of achievement, it’s their fault and they’re not as deserving as you are.

    1. Live to Learn profile image60
      Live to Learnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Really? Did Zuckerberg have it handed to him? What about Bill Gates?

      Racism is an interesting term thrown about a lot these days. The definition:

      prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior:
      "a program to combat racism"
      synonyms: racial discrimination · racialism · racial prejudice · xenophobia · chauvinism · bigotry · casteism
      the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

      To call me a racist is to say that I am prejudice, discriminate and am antagonistic toward a different race based on the belief that my race is superior. Not sure how the racist label can be applied to me since I don't do any of these things and I'm a firm advocate in the belief that we are all mutts, for the most part.

      The second part is ridiculous also. Only a very small minority of people of any race are ignorant enough to make that claim.

      Face it. Some need so badly to find reasons to justify their own hatred that they make up things in their own minds to ensure they continue to believe other people are the problem.

    2. dianetrotter profile image62
      dianetrotterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I just saw this one Ptosis!  Life is complicated.  Each person has his/her own story.  Life would be so much better if we all respected each other and, when possible, helped each other.  We were actually created to all be part of one family.

      People didn't respect each other from the beginning.  Now any attempts to rectify those wrongs make others feel slighted.  That's the problem with trying to be equitable.  It doesn't mean we shouldn't try it. 

      We meet many fake people along the way.  Being fake in response does not help.  One of my favorite Scriptures is: 

      Romans 12:17 "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”…

  2. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
    Kathryn L Hillposted 6 years ago

    Oh, good grief. It is really about upbringing. If someone has been raised to understand processes, mathematic concepts, mechanics, has reading and writing skills and computer knowledge, can act in a friendly, positive and intelligent manner, has sports skills, knows how to stay healthy, dress attractively and has a certain amount of social skills with true good will toward others, no matter what their race, he or she will do just fine.

    The problem is when parents raise their children poorly, by keeping them in a closet of poverty, anger, negativity, victim consciousness, hatred for "the man" and jealous of those with money. When this darkness is all they know, they have no skills to live outside that closet.

    How to get them out of the closet is the true problem.

    If you are in that closet, don't have children. How much suffering does one have to endure before refusing to bring a soul, sleeping peacefully in the arms of an angel, to earth. It must be a huge amount.

    1. ptosis profile image67
      ptosisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have some words for you  ....  but then I would be banned forever from Hubpages.

      That is the most racist statement I heard coming from you and I'm surprised. Perhaps you are unaware how viciously patronizing your post is.

      Just because you don't hate 'The Others" doesn't mean you are not prejudiced.

      Educate to become conscious and overcoming unconscious racism - I guess that's what I'm trying in this thread. .... and I just realized
      - it will never -
                               ever -

      I have come to the realization that no matter how intense and back and forth a conversation is,  -I will just end up SCREAMING in frustration because your post doesn't even try to hear and understand.

      Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Scott Woods

      So there it is; there is no scientific way to train white people to stop being racist. {Que hackneyed reply: I.E.; black , everybody is racist}

      See how easy that is?

      for accuse_person_a_racist
           then racist_person replies with whataboutism
      return: Everyone_racist

      Therefore you are racist.

      And so am I.

      It's not just the USA, here is an video about "Japan's Burakumin.  I would just skip to 3.00 of the video.  If you do educate yourself learning about Japan's Burakumin, then afterwards let me know if you still think it's all about;

      " social skills with true good will toward others, no matter what their mathematic concepts, mechanics, has reading and writing skills and computer knowledge, can act in a friendly, positive and intelligent manner, has sports skills, knows how to stay healthy, "

      Because sometimes we all need to see things in a different perspective and dealing with racist issues in the USA is just to close not to be unemotional about.

      http://likecool.com/How_To_Destroy_Peop … -Gear.html

  3. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
    Kathryn L Hillposted 6 years ago

    http://likecool.com/How_To_Destroy_Peop … -Gear.html

    I went here and found this video vey interesting. The problems presented by the Asian caste system promoted by Confucius are not happening in America and never have. Why the speaker equates it to America or any where else, I have no idea.

    … what is your point? My point is this: What a child is brought up to be, he will be. In America, we have equal opportunity. The problem is that opportunities are not even comprehended by those who are kept in the dark. Who keeps them in the dark? The parents, who were kept in the dark by their parents and on and on back in time.

    The only way to stop the perpetuation of this darkness is for the people who are suffering in their poverty, crime and lack of education to stop having children. The only way a person would refuse to bring forth a child in such darkness is to have some kind of awareness that it is a bad world. So why are children brought into this low existence?
    There must be something good about it!!!!! 

    There is not racism, there is misunderstanding: There are people who cannot rise up to a better way of life and there are people who can't understand why they can't rise to a better way of life. The latter group of people doesn't know how to regard, treat or even help the former group.

    1. ptosis profile image67
      ptosisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Towards the end of the video he said along the lines of, 'you're probably thinking  about from your own countries.'  He never mentioned he never once mentioned the USA. 


      Have to censor myself.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
        Kathryn L Hillposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        …..he was obviously from America. Don't blow a gasket.

  4. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
    Kathryn L Hillposted 6 years ago

    When everyone gets to a place in consciousness where we recognize each person as a child of God, made in his image, and who has the same red blood flowing throughout his body as ourselves, this will be a non-issue.  We must look past appearances and see essences. We must help our brothers, sisters and neighbors no matter what their situational dilemmas. Love our neighbors AS ourselves.
    PS There is no racism right now in Texas. Just people helping people.

  5. ptosis profile image67
    ptosisposted 6 years ago

    Is America Dreaming?: Understanding Social Mobility

    http://www.cc.com/video-clips/wqzl6m/th … can-racism


    “It’s a myth that our country will somehow become more progressive. And it’s equally a myth to think that our children will save us,” Richeson said. Most of alt-right activists who sparked violence in Charlottesville, she pointed out, were young white men. - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/spe … e-problem/

    “At best, white people have been taught not to mention that people of colour are “different” in case it offends us. They truly believe that the experiences of their life as a result of their skin colour can and should be universal. I just can’t engage with the bewilderment and the defensiveness as they try to grapple with the fact that not everyone experiences the world in the way that they do.

    For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it – at the heart of respectable society

    “They’ve never had to think about what it means, in power terms, to be white, so any time they’re vaguely reminded of this fact, they interpret it as an affront. Their eyes glaze over in boredom or widen in indignation. Their mouths start twitching as they get defensive. Their throats open up as they try to interrupt, itching to talk over you but not to really listen, because they need to let you know that you’ve got it wrong. - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ … about-race

    http://www.cracked.com/article_21822_5- … think.html
    College Professors Favor White Males Over Everyone

    "... college campuses are full of prickly yet kind-hearted professors dedicated to mentoring bright young people onto the path of wisdom and fortune -- that is, as long as those young people happen to be white men. Everyone else can apparently go straight to hell."

    What was surprising was that, again, the professor's race, gender, and department had no bearing on the snubs --

    1. Credence2 profile image78
      Credence2posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have made this point before, you can see just how far I managed to get in that regard...

      1. ptosis profile image67
        ptosisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you for the reply.

        It is a lot more complicated then simply "I hate 'brand x'."

        Remember the Dave Chappelle skit on the black guy in the KKK?  At the end, he takes off his hood and the Proud Boys heads exploded.

        Check this out and prepared to have thus said cranium explode:

        http://oogeewoogee.com/understanding-th … klux-klan/
        "They agree on the common stance that the races should be segregated to preserve “racial purity”." Many of them are claiming that they are not racist, just purists.

  6. Kathleen Cochran profile image78
    Kathleen Cochranposted 6 years ago

    Because it is so deep-seated in them, they can't see it.

  7. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
    Kathryn L Hillposted 6 years ago

    Repeating: We must look past appearances and see essences. This is apparently infinitely hard to do.

    1. ptosis profile image67
      ptosisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Then why are you asking for the nearly impossible then?


      1. Live to Learn profile image60
        Live to Learnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        So, how long have you been in denial that you are a racist?

        1. ptosis profile image67
          ptosisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          My gawd, did you just drop in the middle of a thread without reading it?

      2. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
        Kathryn L Hillposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Because it would be a better world! Where we view each other as evidence of pure spirit!!! Where every person is regarded as a magnificent creation! Where every person is permitted unlimited potential to find his or her own happiness, talents, interests and passions!

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          We have been in the position of believing myth rather than fact before, and it didn't work out so well.  Until we gave up on Flat Earth, being the center of the universe, etc. we didn't learn much and individual potential was to make 50 years of age.  It was not a pleasant time for most people.

  8. profile image0
    Onusonusposted 6 years ago


    1. ptosis profile image67
      ptosisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      We don’t live in a society where every racial group has equal power, status, and opportunity.


      Did look up Thomas Sowel tho'

      1. profile image0
        Onusonusposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yes we do.


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