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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-14-07 04:52 PM
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34. You wrongly limit it to race.
People of any group can find reasons to believe they're superior.

I've been told by Chinese that Chinese are superior to other Asians and that Asians are superior to Europeans, and by Muslims that Muslims are superior. One Jewish guy said it only made sense that 40% of my dorm was Jewish, 60% white, and not one black or Latino. I've been looked down at because I'm male (and not female--with the superior female traits made explicit), and because of my major (I studied Russian, a "communist" language), my religion (one guy, just hearing I worked for a church, yelled at me on a busy campus sidewalk and called me a Nazi). I've had far left guys tell me I'm stupid because I'm not a socialist, and far right guys tell me I'm stupid because I'm not like them--the socialist was far, far more offensive than the RWer. A French "friend" tried to tell me how superior the French were, and Russians have told me that *they* won WWII and didn't need the West's help at all because, well, Russians are better than Americans. I've been heckled because I was an undergrad science major (with Russian, double major), and that all science and engineering majors are simply stupid and uncultured, unlike the Humanities grad student who soon thereafter told me that microwaves were dangerous because when nuked food was digested it released microwaves into my stomach. I've been told that I'll get better as I get older, and that I'm only getting worse and that young people are better. Hell, I even had one family look down on everybody else--they believed that what their family did and believed was *obviously* superior to all other families (actually, let me amend that: I've met at least a half dozen families like that).

So, okay. Race, religion, ideology, linguistic affiliation, ethnicity, age, kin group.

People need to have some sort of self respect and dignity. Some acquire it through actions or achievements, some through feeling loved by their deity or through their family; some feel they can only have dignity by being part of a group that is superior to all others. Sometimes the "superiority" leads to humility, sometimes it leads to obnoxiousness.
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  -Why do SOME whites think that they are superior to all races... coco77  Apr-14-07 04:07 PM   #0 
  - Two words: Chuck Norris.  Old Crusoe   Apr-14-07 04:09 PM   #1 
  - Vin Desil beats Chuck Norris but Jack Bauer beats anyone. nt.  Warren Stupidity   Apr-14-07 04:20 PM   #17 
  - Larry Bird?  undeterred   Apr-14-07 04:10 PM   #2 
  - Why do SOME blacks think that they are superior to other races?  DavidD   Apr-14-07 04:10 PM   #3 
  - So I guess you've never been beaten  sleebarker   Apr-14-07 04:13 PM   #8 
     - I'm a white guy  BOSSHOG   Apr-14-07 04:19 PM   #15 
     - What does that have to do with the original post?  DavidD   Apr-14-07 04:20 PM   #18 
  - Cause They're Stupid. Thankfully, Most Whites Don't. Easy Enough?  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-14-07 04:11 PM   #4 
  - The Bible told them so?  SoCalDem   Apr-14-07 04:11 PM   #5 
  - Because THAT'S what they were TAUGHT.  Karenina   Apr-14-07 05:32 PM   #44 
  - Some people have a need to feel superior.  pnwmom   Apr-14-07 04:12 PM   #6 
  - "start any confusion"  rosesaylavee   Apr-14-07 04:12 PM   #7 
  - Because they tell themselves they are.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Apr-14-07 04:13 PM   #9 
  - Fear  ayeshahaqqiqa   Apr-14-07 04:14 PM   #10 
  - Ding ding  malaise   Apr-14-07 04:21 PM   #20 
  - That and recessive genes.  Karenina   Apr-14-07 04:31 PM   #30 
  - fear and ignorance  annabanana   Apr-14-07 04:14 PM   #11 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-14-07 04:15 PM   #12 
  - Because they are on top  gravity   Apr-14-07 04:17 PM   #13 
  - European conquest of the planet: 1500 - 1950.  Warren Stupidity   Apr-14-07 04:19 PM   #14 
  - That simple WS n/t  malaise   Apr-14-07 04:22 PM   #21 
  - I think it comes from insecurity  Bitwit1234   Apr-14-07 04:19 PM   #16 
  - Why do SOME blacks think they are superior to all races...  kirby   Apr-14-07 04:21 PM   #19 
  - Greed  qwertyMike   Apr-14-07 04:22 PM   #22 
  - I don't care to contribute and confusion or upset, either, but  EST   Apr-14-07 04:23 PM   #23 
  - Why do some people think race is anything but a social construct?  mondo joe   Apr-14-07 04:23 PM   #24 
  - ditto  tammywammy   Apr-14-07 04:25 PM   #26 
  - Excellent and thank you.  uppityperson   Apr-14-07 04:41 PM   #33 
  - EVERY race has members that think that theirs is the best.  QuestionAll   Apr-14-07 04:24 PM   #25 
  - Indeed. Even a short time in Asia makes this clear.  TahitiNut   Apr-14-07 04:31 PM   #29 
  - Frankly, I have no idea  junofeb   Apr-14-07 04:28 PM   #27 
  - I don't know, but I have noticed with those descended from  Cleita   Apr-14-07 04:29 PM   #28 
  - Your example applies to Asians and others throughout the world  MadHound   Apr-14-07 04:36 PM   #31 
  - I can't prove it but I suspect this is the same in India, China and  barb162   Apr-14-07 04:39 PM   #32 
  - You wrongly limit it to race.  igil   Apr-14-07 04:52 PM   #34 
  - Recommend reading "Human Accomplishment" by Charles Murray and the scathing critiques.  jody   Apr-14-07 04:52 PM   #35 
  - I asked this question because,...  coco77   Apr-14-07 04:54 PM   #36 
  - Because The Real Power Elite Want The Masses Divided by Race  Yavin4   Apr-14-07 04:55 PM   #37 
  - Every country has a group that thinks it is superior to others. I'm from India  muntrv   Apr-14-07 04:57 PM   #38 
  - I think it really gets down to this.  tnlurker   Apr-14-07 05:04 PM   #39 
  - Talk to an Asian or someone from India...Not unique to whites. nt  MookieWilson   Apr-14-07 05:07 PM   #40 
  - "white man`s burden"  madrchsod   Apr-14-07 05:21 PM   #41 
  - Because we wear our pants so they cover our asses?  frustrated_lefty   Apr-14-07 05:21 PM   #42 
  - Because they have nothing better to feel good about  FloridaJudy   Apr-14-07 05:25 PM   #43 

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