Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

If you were never exposed then how can you be racist?

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Our class discussion on Friday about the article really made me think hard. Is someone racist when they are never exposed to a diversity of race and culture? Like the article said, Anglos that never lived around other cultures would rather live with their own kind while others who lived around Asians or Hispanics did not mind living around diverse cultures. If someone has never been exposed or spoke with someone of another race, does that make them racist because they do not want to experience something “different” or “change” in their community? I believe everyone has that trait where they are comfortable in the position they are in and if little change comes around they get anxious or nervous. What do you think?


Written by lc8908

November 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think that a person in that situation would be racist if he/she is not willing to be open-minded if they encounter someone from a different group. Even though it is human nature to avoid change, we cannot deny that it can be good. In an age where so many people have access to so much information through the internet and other sources of communication, it is difficult to maintain a completely homogenous group of acquaintances. So maybe such a person is to blame for choosing a closed up lifestyle.


    November 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm

  2. I think if the person doesn’t want to willingly interact with people that are different than them then they are racist. If they go out of their way to avoid situations where they may come in contact with people of different cultures then they do have problems with other cultures. It is difficult to not come into contact with at least some people that are different from yourself.


    November 15, 2009 at 1:16 am

  3. I agree.


    November 15, 2009 at 4:25 am

  4. I don’t know that this makes a person racist, I just believe that you are ignorant. You can’t blame a person for something that they do not understand. Instead of deeming said person as racist, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to the person, and society as a whole, to just educate them. And by educate them, I don’t mean tell them they are being racist and that they should stop. I am referring to being open minded yourself and understanding how big of a change it is for this person to step outside of their comfort zone. Attempt to see the situation through their lens and help the person transition. Support and guidance is really all anyone needs.


    November 16, 2009 at 4:35 am

  5. I agree with the above statements. Ignorance cannot be mistaken for racism or arrogance. You can’t blame someone from a remote village in Peru to automatically understand what a camcorder is if they’ve never been exposed to one, it takes time for we as humans to acclimate to new things, race included.


    November 17, 2009 at 3:40 am

  6. I wasn’t raised around blacks or asians. I was raised around mexicans. most of them were migrant workers as was my anglo family. they loved and hated us. we loved and hated them. it was a matter of personality conflict mostly, sometimes i suppose because of race. as a kid, i didn’t know or care. i just knew that some people would fight you and you had to fight back.

    the original meaning of the word ‘racism’ meant having pride in ones own race. i am proud of my race. is that wrong? is it wrong that in our society, a mexican can wear a shirt that says ‘brown pride’, but i will get attacked for wearing one that says ‘white pride’?


    September 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

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