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Comment: I agree and disagree with all of you (Score 2, Insightful) 370

by badllama77 (#14418487) Attached to: When Purchase Recommendations Go Bad
I think the problem with everyone's view of this is that it is being seen in one way only by most. This is an innocent match of titles that offended some, and those who say people are overreacting by making this a national issue are correct. In addition it is something that many minorities, particularly African Americans will find offensive. Those with a healthy attitude would laugh at the poor pairing and call it a day, but they should still be a little offended. Would we be less likely to care if we had "real problems", of course we would. In our society many of us have less "real problems" than some other parts of the world or even some of those in our own country. This is a reflection of the wealth of the society as a whole, and that the majority are not facing the "real problems" some people face. As one looks at various countries around the world the number of "real problems" they face is a function of the wealth of the nation. Are those of us who find this offensive oversensitive, I don't think so. As was said earlier, when people have been likened to monkeys in the past, and still face some significant inequalities in society are likely to have a very different perspective on the subject. One of the posts mentioned the different types of racism and separated perceived racism from actual racism. Unfortunately the two are not mutually exclusive, one is born from the other. The xenophobic nature of man is very prevalent throughout the world and its hsitory. The Catholics and the Protestants in England and Ireland, and the Afrikaans, English, and Africans in South Africa are good examples. These are extreme so lets look at the U.S.A.; The Irish immigrants when they first began arriving in numbers were disliked and shut out, the Chinese, the Italians, etc.. The African-Americans are a unique case having been forcefully brought here and treated sub human. This first began in the 1640's and grew exponentially til about 1790 and continued til 1865, only to be replaced by various forms of indentured servitude and of course segregation. All of that being peppered with violence towards African-Americans and the damage done by being relegated to a second class status, the effects we are still dealing with today. About 300 years of this has led to the second type of racism. The perception can be incorrect and at times oversensitive, but let us not think that it is born from a vacuum, it is created by the history. Things have become better, but it has been a very short number of years, not even one lifetime, since the civil rights movement and we still do have work to do. In time I do think it will fade, but you can't erase 300 years with less than a sixth of that time. When my friends who are in the majority ask me to help them to understand what racism today is like, and how it can be disturbing, frightening, apalling, and sometimes humourous, I usually fail. I think until you have been refused service or entry somewhere, had trouble finding work, or been physically/verbally threatened or harassed by not only other citizens but the authorities as well it is hard to really understand. In summary, it makes sense to be offended, but not to make it national news.

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