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Response to c-rational (Reply #17)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:42 AM

21. Easier said than done

The fact is, racism/tribalism (my tribe is better than your tribe) is universal. It's not uniquely American. People like to think they are better. It feels good. People are encouraged to feel PRIDE about their race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic class, gender, sexual preference. And all of these traits are things you are pretty much born with. It makes as much sense to feel pride about your race as it does to feel pride about having blue eyes.

The problem with pride is that it's flip side is shame. Tell people that they are no better than other races, nationalities, religions etc and it FEELS like your telling them to be ashamed about those things and you just aren't going to be successful with that. As human beings, we are deeply invested in our "isms". The best we can do is increase awareness and fight against institutional racism. That's an acheivable goal.

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