Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

You may be more racist than you think

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An article I read on the CNN website talks about a study conducted on 120 particpants, the purpose of the study was to see how people would react after they heard offensive racial comments. The study showed that most participants did not report feeling upset about racial remarks, which goes to show that racism can be more prevalent than most of us realize. Although many of us do not categorize ourselves as racist people are still willing to tolerate racism and not stand up against it.

I think many of us want to believe that racism no longer exists but it is still there, we just like to ignore it. Many of us have probably heard offensive racial comments and walked right past it. If the comment is not offensive towards our race we seem not to care, but if it is we may be upset of what we may have heard or possible have approached the person that made that comment. If racism does not personally affect us we will probably not care to do something about it if it affects another group of people.


Written by 3graffiti

September 11, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Due to stereotypes that are ingrained in our society, it’s unfortunately true. The video we saw today (9/11/09) in class served as a striking example of racism that tried to come off as not racist at all…all people said they would have called if it was three white kids instead, saying they would have called even faster. But this is contrary to the facts! It is likely that these people would have not called if it was white kids, but perhaps they were over-eager to say they would call for white kids as well in an effort to appear not racist.


    September 11, 2009 at 11:23 pm

  2. I think this acceptance of racism comes from people who try to move forward past racism by simply ignoring it. I don’t feel this method is effective though because it doesn’t address the issue, but rather it just side steps it.


    September 12, 2009 at 12:52 am

  3. I believe that we as a society need to stand up to discrimination, but I also believe that we must pick our battles wisely. It is a good thing to stand up for others, but there are certain things that we as a population can do to insure that the cycle of discrimination stops: 1) lead by example and 2) raise our children to be open minded.


    September 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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