Racism without the power to act on it is no threat

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Your OP is pretty slimmed down. Hard to understand exactly what you are inferring. Think that next time you could actually include something for us to discuss?
 
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Ian Jeffrey

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Your OP is pretty slimmed down. Hard to understand exactly what you are inferring. Think that next time you could actually include something for us to discuss?
I believe he is attempting to argue that if you do not have the power to act on your racism, it is not really racism. I have faced down that argument before.
 
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Devil505

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Can you clarify? What do you mean by power exactly?
In other words, if you hate all black people but are not in a position to deny them a job, an apartment, voting rights etc.......your "Racism" is only an internal problem to you and possibly your family.

When you're in a position of power, you can use your sick racism to hurt others.

Thought this would be pretty clear.


Example: NAzi's who march against those who hate them have no standing. No group is in a position to deny their rights.
 
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In other words, if you hate all black people but are not in a position to deny them a job, an apartment, voting rights etc.......your "Racism" is only an internal problem to you and possibly your family.

When you're in a position of power, you can use your sick racism to hurt others.

Thought this would be pretty clear.


Example: NAzi's who march against those who hate them have no standing. No group is in a position to deny their rights.
Well unless one is retired or a stay at home parent, most of us do have power. We dont know all the positions of those Nazis in VA. They could be teachers, managers etc and could wield power. We all have some power over our fellow coworkers, neighbors, and friends. In fact all adults have the ultimate power of voting. Which could be extraordinarily powerful.
 
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In other words, if you hate all black people but are not in a position to deny them a job, an apartment, voting rights etc.......your "Racism" is only an internal problem to you and possibly your family.

When you're in a position of power, you can use your sick racism to hurt others.

Thought this would be pretty clear.


Example: NAzi's who march against those who hate them have no standing. No group is in a position to deny their rights.
Racism is a negative drag on culture/society. Regardless if the individual is in a position to directly impact others.

With that said. Believe the term gets applied/thrown around way too much these days. Misused as a lazy club by many.
 
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Devil505

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Well unless one is retired or a stay at home parent, most of us do have power. We dont know all the positions of those Nazis in VA. They could be teachers, managers etc and could wield power. We all have some power over our fellow coworkers, neighbors, and friends. In fact all adults have the ultimate power of voting. Which could be extraordinarily powerful.
Racism is a negative drag on culture/society. Regardless if the individual is in a position to directly impact others.

With that said. Believe the term gets applied/thrown around way too much these days. Misused as a lazy club by many.
It is the confluence of racism with power that makes it a cancer on any society.

When a group with most of the power claims they are being attacked by a powerless group......they are playing the child's game of "I'm rubber/You're glue"


We'll never be able to stop racism but we can prevent racists from being elected to public office.
Let's do that by voting against the GOP/Racists on 11/6!
 

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