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nomorenomore08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:03 AM
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33. You disagree that the issue of race is a pervasive, and troubling, one?
So many aspects of our social order are entangled with racism, both past and present, subtle and overt, that anyone who claims race doesn't matter is either oblivious or disingenuous. And to state that race *shouldn't* matter, while it may be a nice thought, does nothing to actually remedy the situation.

"I just don't see how anyone can at the same time decry racism yet make determinations based on race." What exactly is "racist" about acknowledging that, as far as one's status in society is concerned, race (among many other factors) does make a significant difference?

"Greater equality? If the day comes when there is an Hispanic majority in the US, would whites and blacks be lacking equality, simply because they are not members of the racial majority?" Although being "the majority" does not automatically confer political or economic power - see black South Africans under apartheid for a dramatic counter-example - the majority status of white Americans has always co-existed hand in hand with their dominant social position. As the former (majority status) inevitably erodes over the coming decades, it's not unreasonable to suspect that the latter (dominant social position) will be weakened as well.

And frankly, when I come across the phrase "anti-white," more often than not it seems to reflect an exaggerated persecution complex. After all, when have white Americans ever been discriminated against (or worse) on a mass level?
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