Discussion in 'Race Relations/Racism' started by B94, Mar 3, 2010.
Anyone know of a way to convince a Racist to change their mind to become a non- Racist?
Racisim is a form of bigotry, and the first thing about bigotry is that facts and logic don't matter.
So in short, the answer is no.
It depends on their race. Are we talking Whitey, Negro, ****, Chink or some mixed breed?
That kind of talk doesn't help. Chink. Please.
Don't you mean gook? Cuz you know, as Nixon observed, a chink is always a gook, but a gook isn't always a chink. We must call things by their right names if we are to reach any understanding.
I'd say one cure for bigotry is to surround the bigot with the types he despises until such time as he has interacted with a sufficient number to be cured of his misperceptions. Like in Gran Torino.
When disaster falls everyone bleeds red. Pretty common to see everyone pitch in regardless of personal prejudices when true troubles come.
Yep a pretty good test of a person. Skin tone nor accent should matter at such a time to anyone of value.
Hey! I'm a mixed breed!
I've dealt with racists all my life. Where I'm currently living - Little Rock - is particularly bad. I have yet to figure out how to make a racist a non-racist. I don't even know it's possible. I've noticed that if you surround a racist with those s/he despises, that usually reinforces their racism. My only advice to the OP is to stay clear of potentially violent racists and try to maintain your composure and professionalism around those you can't avoid. I also should add that the US is not a very racist country compared to other countries I've worked in.
I have a good friend who, when I first met her, was racist. She was born and raised as a white person in Zimbabwe. She now lives in the UK. When we first met, she was very much a racist - she didn't hate black people - she just saw them as beneath white people, dangerous and not to be trusted. So I told her she was a racist and, although I liked her as a person (she has a heart of gold) I could never be friends with someone who was racist.
We discussed race for months. Two years later, she finally made up with her brother - who had married a black girl and his family turned their backs on him. She is now not a racist. I believe that, through education and discussion, you can change peoples racism.
I too am of mixed race (green eyes, long brown hair, very light skin) and have always thought of myself as Black. I grew up in a part of town that was known as a very bad neighborhood b/c it was all Black and with a lot of crime. I attended an all Black elementary school (Booker T Washington) in the '60's but when it was time for me to go to the 6th grade my father fought tooth and nail for me to go to a school whose majority of students were White so that I could get a better education. He won and I went to Englehard and made friends with children I had never been around before. The funny thing is though, while the children at the Black school used to tease me by calling me 'White Girl', the White children never did. To them I was Black. Another funny thing is while working at my present job, several years ago I befriended a White woman named Jerri of whom I came to love and vice-versa and she told me that to her I WAS WHITE!! She's passed away now. I wish Black and White people would get over the race card issue b/c we are way beyond that now. The only TRUE African people in this country are the ones who come from the African Nations. The majority of Black people who have lived in this country since the 1700's are no longer FULL BLOODED BLACKS if their ancestors were slaves of any other race other than their own. Let's move on people is all I have to say. We are in the last book of the Bible...Revelations and the prophesies are coming true: weather, crime, same sex marriages, etc. Remember Lot and his wife and the reason they were told to leave where they lived? We all need to get past this Black/White conflict. It's gone on long enough, just like a story on a soap opera.
I have always considered myself kinda peachy with a plumb heart.
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