Are Racists Dumb?

Discussion in 'Race Relations/Racism' started by William Joyce, Jun 20, 2010.

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    SFC Ollie told me, "racism = stupidity."

    Yet two of the nation's biggest "racists", William Pierce and William Shockley, were...

    a rocket scientist (literally)

    William Luther Pierce - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    and a Nobel Prize-winning physicist

    William Shockley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Now I have certainly encountered racially hostile people who were not world-traveled or well-educated. But does this negate the general accuracy of the notion of racial difference, or the legitimacy of the hostile stance?

    I mean, a redneck might say, "I hate *******. I don't live near 'em."

    But a white yuppie also doesn't live near blacks -- nor will he or she send their kids to school with them.

    What's going on here?
     
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    Ask Rabbi or Amanda..

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    Racism is stupid, that doesn't mean the person is stupid, just means the person exhibits a stupid trait.
     
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    Tell me...why are all the biggest racists always named WILLIAM?
     
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    And I stand by my statement.
     
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    People that are racist are weak minded.
     
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    I don't know about that. I moved to Arkansas from California when I was 12 years old. I didn't know what racism was, we had black friends, brown friends, whatever. When I came back here people talked about hating blacks but if you talked to them, they hadn't even ever met a black. That's being racist out lack of knowledge, not being weak minded.
     
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    One succumbs to unreasonable hatred, just as you pointed out most of it is, out of a weakness in cognitive ability. A failure to govern ones unreasonable assumptions and fears with reality and fact.

    I have delusional paranoia. However over time I learned to control it, to seek verification for the things I thought , failing to find corroboration I do not act on those thoughts. I still have them and I still " believe" them, but I know through training myself that they are false or unproven. I refuse to act on them.

    People with unfounded fear of other races are weak minded. They succumb to unrealistic fears that have no real world proof or substance.

    Fearing a gang of colored people IN an area with gangs of such people is reasonable. Fearing all blacks or hating all blacks simply because their skin is darker then yours is an unreasonable fear. One that is not backed up with historical proof or evidence of need.

    They are weak minded.
     
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    I disagree because and I'll have to use Mexicans here because we don't have many blacks in this area.

    I have seen many of the people who I went to high school with who professed hatred of anyone who isn't white change their minds over the years as they have actually came across Hispanics. It wasn't a matter of being weak minded, it was a matter of not having any basis for knowing any better. Once they met some and realized that hey they're generally people just like whites that fear went away.

    Note - of course there are still assholes that just hate because they hate but that's another matter entirely.
     

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