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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-11-08 11:57 AM
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37. No, and if you made one racist remark
it wouldn't mean you shoulder the entire burden of racism in this country.

That doesn't mean we should each contribute to something that we know is destructive. What it comes down to here is whether we want to be the sort of people that value people - or devalue them - based on physical appearances, and whether we are setting examples for others to do the same.

I know you're probably going to give me back a snappy remark to prove it's no skin off your back, that you can be dismissive and remain above it all. But I am equally confident that deep down you know right from wrong. I'm asking you to do what's right. And I don't think you really believe that it's right to make fun of people based on their genetics or medical problems.

The thing about the vets I was trying to explain is that they have been in all parts of the world, lived where people were stinky for lack of sanitation, where they didn't have dental care, or had open sores, or the women were shirtless and braless and in a culture where there wasn't that disdain over them appearing in public with saggy breasts, for for daring to be in public while old, you know? And some of the vets openly mocked the people they were supposedly there to "support" - you probably can imagine the behavior and the comments. But the others, the ones I count among my good friends, they are the ones who could look at the local people with pure affection, and feel some sort of common bond with them.

I don't know if you remember this old thread of mine, it's one you commented in:

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