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    lessons in cultural sensitivity.

    first things first. The internet is a cesspool of racism. As sites go PH isn't quite as racist as others. Still, some of us could use a course in cultural sensitivity or two.

    Back in another life, while in boot camp, the US Navy decided that we all could benefit from such a course. The irony is that before the course we were all getting along just fine. Then, after the course, we were all fighting like cats and dogs. The military demands unity. We all knew that we'd have to count on each other for our very lives. But, the truth is it was all a mirage. Racial resentments were hiding just beneath the surface. So, all the course did was reveal them.

    Fast forward to today and courses in cultural sensitivity in our high schools. I'll mention one particular incident because it has to do with the internet and sites like PH. A high school student played a somewhat interesting joke. She took a post using all the usual talking points from a conservative engaging in a racially charged rant. Then she reversed the race from black to white and re-posted the same exact rant. The reaction was even surprising to her. She even revealed what she was doing so that everyone knew.

    Still, the reaction was swift and vehement. The same right-wingers that had agreed wholeheartedly with the argument from a white perspective, we're outraged when the roles were reversed. She then, did the same thing from a liberal perspective. Reversing the roles from white to black. The results were similar. However, not so surprising and with less outrage because the participants had been conditioned from the first test.

    Your thoughts?
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    Uh, I'm thoughtless but I'm curious as to why your Navy guys got hostile after the "get along" course?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    first things first. The internet is a cesspool of racism. As sites go PH isn't quite as racist as others. Still, some of us could use a course in cultural sensitivity or two.

    Back in another life, while in boot camp, the US Navy decided that we all could benefit from such a course. The irony is that before the course we were all getting along just fine. Then, after the course, we were all fighting like cats and dogs. The military demands unity. We all knew that we'd have to count on each other for our very lives. But, the truth is it was all a mirage. Racial resentments were hiding just beneath the surface. So, all the course did was reveal them.

    Fast forward to today and courses in cultural sensitivity in our high schools. I'll mention one particular incident because it has to do with the internet and sites like PH. A high school student played a somewhat interesting joke. She took a post using all the usual talking points from a conservative engaging in a racially charged rant. Then she reversed the race from black to white and re-posted the same exact rant. The reaction was even surprising to her. She even revealed what she was doing so that everyone knew.

    Still, the reaction was swift and vehement. The same right-wingers that had agreed wholeheartedly with the argument from a white perspective, we're outraged when the roles were reversed. She then, did the same thing from a liberal perspective. Reversing the roles from white to black. The results were similar. However, not so surprising and with less outrage because the participants had been conditioned from the first test.

    Your thoughts?
    Most white liberals have racism issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Uh, I'm thoughtless but I'm curious as to why your Navy guys got hostile after the "get along" course?
    comfort zones. People hide behind them. When they're challenged it's natural and instinctive to have a "flight or fight" response. I should clarify. There were not any fist fights. Most of the discomfort manifested in class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Most white liberals have racism issues.
    Does that include yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Most white liberals have racism issues.
    interesting that white supremacist more often support conservatives over liberals. They just love Trump. Obama, Hillary, Sanders...not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    Does that include yourself?
    White people willing to throw other white people on the sword is the new noble
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Uh, I'm thoughtless but I'm curious as to why your Navy guys got hostile after the "get along" course?
    Me too.. I give workshops in prejudice awareness and most of the time people leave with more understanding than they did before ...I work with teens and teachers ..the teens are much more open
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Most white liberals have racism issues.
    They are more sensitive to bigotry and hope to change it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparta View Post
    White people willing to throw other white people on the sword is the new noble
    If you see a white racist and you're white then you should let it ride? Is that what you are saying? Is that why soo many traditional Republicans that were never Trumpsters decided to hell with it,we didn't like it but he's our guy now? I mean as long as he gives me a tax break and appoints conservative judges, to hell with his dog whistle to his other friends, I can live with that, morals be damned.
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