|22nd Aug 2012, 07:13 PM||#1|
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The politics and philosophy of racism
Iím posting this because I think it sheds light on the ways people think about race; I hope the conversation can remain civil.
|24th Aug 2012, 05:59 AM||#2|
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Re: The politics and philosophy of racism
So, in short... you almost changed your view on racism in general? What holds you back mainly being the victims of it who are indubitably harmed, no way around that.
I wonder what type of debate you intended to start there..?
|24th Aug 2012, 01:01 PM||#3|
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Re: The politics and philosophy of racism
what's important here is defining racism and discrimination, before attempting to point out those who adhere to racist or discriminatory beliefs.
1.a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2.a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3.hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
1.an act or instance of discriminating.
2.treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
3.the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment: She chose the colors with great discrimination.
My point begins with reiterating what Chris Hayes stated he previously believed, and that is that racist, or prejudiced beliefs are a personal matter. Racism remains a personal issue until it is reinforced with public policy. Here is where one of the greatest political fallacies comes into play. That fallacy would be the belief that the majority of the political right are prejudiced or racist. In my honest, yet humble opinion, there is far more political racism or prejudice coming from the left than from the right.
Take affirmative action, for an example. The policy of affirmative action is honestly, textbook definition of racism, and it is public policy! A policy that fosters the doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement.
Let's step away from just racism for a second, and move towards the broader term, discrimination. Once again, the widely held, and commonly reinforced belief that the political right is more discriminatory than the left, is absolute fallacy. Policies concerned with women's rights, or gay rights, or the specific rights of any sub-classification of a group of people, are generally textbook definition of discrimination. Most often it is public policy making a distinction in favor of a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit. Honestly that describes many policies of the left, especially within the last 4 years. Simply because someone opposes a policy which is supposed to benefit a particular group of people does not mean that the person is inherently opposed to that group of people. In fact I view it as quite the opposite, in that my opposition to discriminatory policy is actually in opposition to discrimination, regardless of how "good" the policy is supposed to be. This is in part, where my stance on same sex marriage comes from. So far I'm the only gay person I know who feels a sense of opposition to same sex marriage. Obviously this has nothing to do with negative feelings toward homosexuality, as I am gay. My opinions on the subject stem from my adamant opposition to making us into some sort of minority group which relies on the government to protect us. This, again, is the definition of discrimination (making a distinction in favor of a person or thing based on group, class or category).
When looking at issues like these, just keep in mind the actual definition of the terms used to describe someones thoughts, beliefs, or actions. Most importantly, remember that racism and discrimination are negative when it comes to public policy, even when the intentions behind such are proclaimed to be good.
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