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Writer's Block: Free your mind

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Writer's Block: Free your mind

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Do you believe society will ever truly overcome racism?


I do. However, I think the answer to making this happen is roughly my approach to encouraging it: simply not voicing the racist bullshit that you grew up with, and letting it die with you. I may occasionally think racist bullshit- but I'd really love for it to not live longer than me, which is why I try to avoid saying it.

Here's where the tone argument comes in, I'm quite sure.
  • Although in many ways, it's difficult to avoid voicing racist bullshit, if one doesn't realize it's racist bullshit.

    The two big examples that leap to mind are if one says they were gypped in a deal, that's saying they were conned as if they had made a deal with Gypsies (those notorious con artists). Or if one uses the term "white trash", I'm pretty sure that's implying that the standard "trash" is non-Anglo.
  • PS: Pretend there's [sarcasm] tags around the parenthetical Gypsy comment.
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  • Or if one uses the term "white trash", I'm pretty sure that's implying that the standard "trash" is non-Anglo.

    Thank you. The term "white trash" has always made me a little uncomfortable, but I could never put my finger on why. Now that you've pointed it out, I feel silly for not coming up with it sooner.
    • And then there's a whole layer of classism on top of the racial implications. A lot of bad things have come from demonizing the poor. It's a double dose of othering.
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