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Wednesday. 5.18.05 10:36 pm
“We are all racist. It is how we deal with that ugly fact that is important.”

I came across this in a book this afternoon, and it kinda hit home. I’ve touched on the subject of racism before, but I’ll go into it again. Because the line above got me thinking…yes, for you cynics with puzzled expressions, I am occasionally capable of this. But don’t hold your breath.

I’m one of those who pride themselves in having an open mind (or so we claim). Having said that, less-than-pleasant thoughts still flit through my mind—thoughts that are racist, sexist, heterosexist, the list goes on. And that worries me. In spite of my efforts, am I turning into a bigot?

And then I read that statement. And it rings true. Because no matter how much we try, it’s just human nature to treat those different from us…well, differently. It’s an evolutionary thing. Back when we were knuckle-walking hunter-gatherers, it was essential to pool all resources together as a community to survive. So any stranger walking into camp looking to borrow a cup of sugar would most likely instead be handed a mammoth tusk and told exactly where to put it. Sounds like a load of psychobabble? Aye, that it might be, but ‘tis true.

So yeah, it honestly shouldn’t come as a surprise that we experience –ist thoughts. It’s really what we do with those thoughts. We could spill blood with those thoughts. Or we could stop and realize the potential harm they could lead to. Maybe if we just admitted to our –isms, we could actually do something to prevent more ugliness instead of dancing around the subject in the name of political correctness.



Lots of good points. Sometimes, even, operating instinctively on stereotypes may be useful. They are not always 100% true, but they could increase the chances of one benefitting from a certain situation/avoiding a debacle. Or something.
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