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SmileyRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-15-08 06:22 AM
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14. Me too - although there are educated people who are racists
Edited on Wed Oct-15-08 06:22 AM by SmileyRose
IMHO it has more to do with upbringing and life experience. I grew up in the upper midwest, small suburb, very blue collar, lower end economically, almost all white. Racism was ingrained but no one thought they were racists. Then I moved to Atlanta, got away of hearing that garbage every day and had a whole wonderful experience with people of all types. I still have my prejudices that I fight daily but any racism that was deposited via my upbringing is long gone decades ago.

So yes, it has to do with education, but not necessarily college education, more like experience education. -- though I do think college CAN have the effect of widening one's life experience.
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  -Is racism based more on hate, or fear? Philosoraptor  Oct-15-08 05:58 AM   #0 
  - i think it's hatred inspired by fear  barbtries   Oct-15-08 06:00 AM   #1 
  - I'd say 80% hate, 20% fear.  lamp_shade   Oct-15-08 06:00 AM   #2 
  - "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." -- Master Yoda. n/t  IanDB1   Oct-15-08 06:02 AM   #3 
  - wise in the force you are - nt  Scriptor Ignotus   Oct-15-08 10:07 AM   #45 
  - Exactly - and it's circular, too. (nt)  bean fidhleir   Oct-15-08 11:49 AM   #54 
  - I think  JustAnotherGen   Oct-15-08 06:03 AM   #4 
  - I agree with you: it's primarily fear-based... the 'hate' is just a manifestation of that fear  ixion   Oct-15-08 06:03 AM   #5 
  - One problem with that.  ThePowerofWill   Oct-15-08 04:04 PM   #66 
     - different set of items to protect, same protection  ixion   Oct-15-08 04:22 PM   #68 
        - Not much to protect hunter gatherer wise.  ThePowerofWill   Oct-15-08 04:52 PM   #70 
  - There is so much more of this shit going on today it is  old mark   Oct-15-08 06:03 AM   #6 
  - i don't think most of them are intelligent  JI7   Oct-15-08 06:04 AM   #7 
  - Control And Power  KharmaTrain   Oct-15-08 06:06 AM   #8 
  - I think it is both.  sickinohio   Oct-15-08 06:08 AM   #9 
  - "...I'm so glad that my thoughts have changed, and that my children don't feel the way that I did...  tcdq   Oct-15-08 07:05 AM   #26 
  - Oh, thanks!!  sickinohio   Oct-15-08 07:34 AM   #28 
     - You're welcome! And IMHOP, I think you've hit THE answer for the OP....  tcdq   Oct-15-08 07:53 AM   #30 
  - As another poster said, you know better now.  raccoon   Oct-15-08 08:01 AM   #37 
     - Thank you for the hug  sickinohio   Oct-15-08 08:16 AM   #38 
  - I think it's caused mostly by socialization  malaise   Oct-15-08 06:09 AM   #10 
  - No, it is innate  AngryAmish   Oct-15-08 08:39 AM   #41 
     - I'd agree  LatteLibertine   Oct-15-08 10:50 AM   #49 
     - Then why do infants, toddlers and young children  malaise   Oct-15-08 11:09 AM   #51 
        - Because they have not developed that part of their brain/mind yet  AngryAmish   Oct-15-08 11:20 AM   #52 
        - They  LatteLibertine   Oct-15-08 12:02 PM   #60 
  - Fear generates hate  hobbit709   Oct-15-08 06:10 AM   #11 
  - I think it's based in feelings of insecurity and self-doubt  peacebird   Oct-15-08 06:14 AM   #12 
  - I always thought both were based on ignorance.  AndyA   Oct-15-08 06:15 AM   #13 
  - Me too - although there are educated people who are racists  SmileyRose   Oct-15-08 06:22 AM   #14 
  - Definitely a major factor.  reprehensor   Oct-15-08 06:23 AM   #15 
  - Hate originates from fear  GrannyK   Oct-15-08 10:39 AM   #48 
  - In my opinion, racism is a primitive form of territorial ism based on a desire  ladjf   Oct-15-08 06:23 AM   #16 
  - sex  Locrian   Oct-15-08 06:31 AM   #17 
  - I think that it is the stranger thing. Two people in a group turn on  izzie   Oct-15-08 06:31 AM   #18 
  - based on? neither  Clovis Sangrail   Oct-15-08 06:37 AM   #19 
  - In most cases, a conscious hatred that turns into fear.  Believing_Is_Art   Oct-15-08 06:52 AM   #20 
  - Are there blind racists?  lelgt60   Oct-15-08 06:55 AM   #21 
  - Yes, they hate the smell of anyone who can see.  ThomWV   Oct-15-08 06:58 AM   #23 
  - Yes, there is one blind racist I know of....Clinton Bixby  tcdq   Oct-15-08 07:35 AM   #29 
  - Neither now days. Its trained into children by parents and other adults  ThomWV   Oct-15-08 06:57 AM   #22 
  - I agree with that. It's learned.  Gregorian   Oct-15-08 11:52 AM   #57 
  - Absolutely (n/t)  mitchum   Oct-15-08 04:54 PM   #71 
  - Mostly fear, taught by one generation of scumbags to another.  bunkerbuster1   Oct-15-08 07:02 AM   #24 
  - Fear of the unknown  eilen   Oct-15-08 07:05 AM   #25 
  - Fear, mixed with hate and a generous helping of ignorance.  NC_Nurse   Oct-15-08 07:09 AM   #27 
  - Probably both  Lurking_Argyle   Oct-15-08 07:54 AM   #31 
  - A mix of the two, in my opinion.  MrsGrumpy   Oct-15-08 07:55 AM   #32 
  - both + economics.  lionesspriyanka   Oct-15-08 07:55 AM   #33 
  - All hatred has some form of fear at its root  eowyn_of_rohan   Oct-15-08 07:56 AM   #34 
  - I'd say, threat not fear. Fear is a response to a threat.  sfexpat2000   Oct-15-08 11:59 AM   #59 
     - Yes - but if I feel threatened there is a certain fear behind it  eowyn_of_rohan   Oct-15-08 02:46 PM   #61 
  - People still need racism as a device for bonding  marions ghost   Oct-15-08 07:57 AM   #35 
  - Fear and ignorance - and fear is far more dangerous especially when linked with ignorance.  Marrah_G   Oct-15-08 07:58 AM   #36 
  - HATE is based on fear. nt  LWolf   Oct-15-08 08:19 AM   #39 
  - I don't think it is either  Bandit   Oct-15-08 08:37 AM   #40 
  - It's hate based on fear based on IGNORANCE.  sinkingfeeling   Oct-15-08 09:16 AM   #42 
  - I think that it is mostly from fear- out if ignorance.  blondie58   Oct-15-08 09:48 AM   #43 
  - Ignorance!!  MadMaddie   Oct-15-08 09:50 AM   #44 
  - Thats the first word that came to my mind too  NNN0LHI   Oct-15-08 10:52 AM   #50 
  - Me too...  polmaven   Oct-15-08 11:59 AM   #58 
  - ignorance which fails to overcome primitive fear  Aragorn   Oct-15-08 03:48 PM   #63 
  - Yep, I was going to say - or third choice - Ignorance!!  flygal   Oct-16-08 05:21 AM   #78 
  - It's a whole bunch of things:  Lydia Leftcoast   Oct-15-08 10:16 AM   #46 
  - I believe fear is first and this feeling of fear engenders a feeling of helplessness  Uncle Joe   Oct-15-08 10:19 AM   #47 
  - Hate and fear often closely related nt  NoGOPZone   Oct-15-08 11:47 AM   #53 
  - Hate is based on fear.  Iggo   Oct-15-08 11:49 AM   #55 
  - fear  shanti   Oct-15-08 11:51 AM   #56 
  - Many people (democrats included) don't 'get' universal anti-racism  entanglement   Oct-15-08 03:39 PM   #62 
  - Could be love also. As in you don't want your daughter or son  2speak   Oct-15-08 03:50 PM   #64 
  - Hate and fear go hand in hand.  ThePowerofWill   Oct-15-08 03:59 PM   #65 
  - I think it's based on hatred of one's self  HEyHEY   Oct-15-08 04:05 PM   #67 
  - some are afraid of retribution  noiretblu   Oct-15-08 04:25 PM   #69 
  - Ok  LatteLibertine   Oct-15-08 04:59 PM   #72 
     - what do those statistics have to do with white supremacy  noiretblu   Oct-15-08 05:57 PM   #75 
  - Depends on if you believe it is an evolutionary response, at its core, or a social construct.  apocalypsehow   Oct-15-08 05:00 PM   #73 
  - Fear....  honkydonkey   Oct-15-08 05:28 PM   #74 
  - It's based on insecurity. Those happy to be human aren't racist....  Bubbha Jo   Oct-15-08 05:59 PM   #76 
  - hate IS fear . . . in its worst manifestation . . . n/t  OneBlueSky   Oct-16-08 05:15 AM   #77 
 

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