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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.
  • Not to mention a lot of racism doesn't even manifest in our language, though a LOT of it does and is perpetuated by it. But the fact you're thinking it at all demonstrates that it's still prevalent, because racism is soaked into our very fabric of society. The most harmful manifestations of it are in the institutionalized issues and situations, and there IS no easy solution to it. If we all learn to stop saying racial slurs, that doesn't mean racism is dead forever and we can move on. Slurs are just a symptom of the grander problem, a single person being dehumanized because their entire race is seen as lesser, disadvantaged, untrustworthy, socially kept in lower-class financial and social situations, etc.

    Just because racist thoughts are not voiced does not mean they're not getting out. The only way to defeat them is to dissect them, disseminate them and mend your ways. I'm finding ways that I've been affected and influenced by underlying and unassuming means of racism and never realized until I had it pointed out. We're not all perfect and it IS human nature to assume collectively about others that differ from yourself. Which is why undoing racism is such an uphill battle.
    • Although it does make me wonder.

      Ok, so you have the terms that started with a racist/sexist/whatever-ist origin, but your average Joe on the street has no clue that the terms started off with that, and is using them without any intent to vilify or degrade the original target group. I often hear (well, read) folks complaining about other folks using such terms with a "hate origin".

      But what about the terms that started off with perfectly neutral or downright complimentary origins, but have been down-graded into insults over the decades? If the origin is so important, based on the previous paragraph's example, why doesn't that give these terms some sort of pass (or at least, make them not so bad)?
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