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That was racist! Or was it?

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Is this racist?

What about this?

If you said yes to any of these you may be right or wrong, depending on your experiences with racism. For me, I could argue reasons why both of these instances were and were not racist.

Racism has been described in many different ways in our own American history. What one may think is a deliberate way of demeaning another race, someone else may think is just pure happenstance. But the issue with that is many people oftentimes cannot tell the difference, and that is when horrible things can happen to good people (and vice versa). More so, there is never anything more ignorant than someone throwing the race card out in vain.

The lack of understanding of what racism really is makes it very difficult for conversations on race between different races to truly exist. It seems as though we will forever skim the surface because of the fear of being labeled a “racist”. But if we were secure in our beliefs and understanding of what racism was we could eliminate that fear. In my research paper, I hope to help the people who read it do just that.

Dictionary.com defines racism as “hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.” In that context, then would be the first two (possible) examples of it be wrong? It is a question to ponder while you watch this hilarious (or not) joke by Whoopie Goldberg. And while you watch, answer her question and then ask yourself, “Is this racist?”

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