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My Idea on Racism

June 3, 2010

I’m just writing here. I don’t even believe fully in what I’m saying, I was just in the car today and I came up with this and thought that it was interesting (albeit controversial). So, don’t hate me.

If a group has a certain stereotype it is on that group to fix it if they feel as if it is bad enough to fix. On top of that, it should be accepted as a society to recognize this stereotype and not be afraid to comment on it. If they hate the stereotype enough to get angry about it when people talk about it they should instead focus their energy on overcompensating so that the stereotype is no longer true, therefore making the insults void. As a society it is our duty to point out any significant negative trends in order to form a more productive, unified, and stronger country. This would only work if the comments were more in the form of constructive criticism rather than pejorative racism.

Is this extreme? Yes. It this my ideology? I don’t know. Probably not. I agree with some of it, but definitely not all of it. Is it feasible? No way.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. IrishPeopleSmell permalink
    June 3, 2010 5:32 pm

    You wont

  2. Aptronym permalink
    June 14, 2010 8:19 pm

    I got bored of the longer rants I’d been drafting, but in a nutshell, this would only work if stereotypes reflected facts about a group in real-time (rather than being one real or perceived aspect inflated and spread memetically over time) and if those abusing the stereotypes* cared the slightest bit about the truth. As it is, no amount of action by a group would be enough to fully eradicate a negative stereotype, and those willingly perpetuating it would never let something as logical as the truth dissuade them. This is proven by the existence of stereotypes that are patently untrue.

    Granted, actively calling out stereotypes and other forms of prejudice has its share of problems too, but in the abstract, it would be a better approach. (In practice, it’s lead to tension and jumping at shadows, but that’s another topic you’ve already touched on.) Unfortunately, there’s no easy solution to the mess other than finding better people, and they seem to be in short supply at times.

    * Rather than well-intentioned people using relatively accurate stereotypes as cues and placeholder expectations in situations where it’s not safe, feasible, or worthwhile to develop more rounded opinions of the individuals in questions.

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