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Am I Racist?

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 25, 2012, 11:56 PM
Before anything, I would like to clarify: I'm Scandinavian; born with blue eyes, blond hair and light skin. Not that pretty, but relatively tall, just the type Hitler would have liked. I was raised in a lovely neighbourhood with the unfortunate tag 'ghetto' (no, not 'American ghetto', nor the ghetto type from WWII), where about 40% of the people I met on a daily basis were either from other countries or children of those – mostly from central Europe to the Middle East, but we also have quite many Vietnamese. It has never bothered me; thanks to that place and those people, that exact upbringing by my parents who welcomed any child I brought home into our house, I have never once thought of another person to be less than me based on skin color or nationality. The only ones I truly have problems with are religious and/or political fanatics who shove their beliefs down my throat, or the 'ungrateful type' (more about that later), but in general I respect and accept everyone who respects and accepts me in return. Doesn't matter if you got curly red hair, honey-brown eyes or pitch-black skin; yes, I might have a certain expectation of how you will be, but I don't let that blind me – I'm going to like or dislike you because of who you are and not what you are.  Actually, I like being with people from other cultures so much that I waited more than half a year, so I could attend the international class of my current school, rather than the Danish class. Much more fun and benefitting.

So far, do I sound like a racist? No?
And yet I find myself writing a journal questioning exactly that. Allow me to continue:

Racism has been around forever, but was truly strong during the slave period. Once they were freed, it became a highly discussed debate that got into an increasing social issue, to the point where people like MLK had to step up and get killed in order to set an example, so that race equality could become a reality. I shall be careful and say, we have come far since those days. Thank goodness!
But, as race and gender equality increased, and globalization has grown rapidly, a rather unexpected and unfortunate side effect has appeared. And it's something I suffer from; suppression and racism against 'pig-coloured'.

Now, I know a great deal of you will probably disagree – "racism against white people doesn't exist!" "Suffering? Suppression? You know nothing, you ghost girl!" and so on. But aha! You yourselves have just proven my point.

This kind of racism and suppression is neither as clear nor as acknowledged as those of the various 'minorities', oh no, but I have become more aware of it as I have grown up. As those groups have gotten more power and higher status, the previous rulers ('pig-coloured') have lost some of theirs, naturally. And at one point, the balance has shifted.


We have been shamed to watch our mouths, our every step, pressured by centuries of previous cruelty. Justified, you might say. Or, is it really? Is it okay, for example, that the German youth today still have to pay for the misconduct of their grandparents and great-grandparents, getting called 'Nazis'? I'm included in that group, actually, because my grandfather – due some unfortunate circumstances – had to fight for Germany. God knows what misdeeds he did, he refused to tell his family. Should his granddaughter, born years after his death, do I have to bear the burden that was forced upon his shoulders? Am I not allowed to proudly say, 'yes I have German roots'? You might say yes, but actions have shown that the answer is the opposite. Then, what about my Danish roots who helped the Jews escape? Does this make me of good honour? As you can see, it's hard to judge a person based on family and national background. (And just for the record, even though I never had the opportunity to meet my grandfather, I think he was a decent man, that I would have liked him.)


Moving on: words and terms related to races. This is especially where I have seen a difference over the years. A good example would be the Danish word 'neger', which directly translated means 'nigga'. However! And this is where things go astray; the Danish version of this word does not bear the same cultural meaning as its American counterpart. Frankly, I have always used 'neger' to describe a person with a certain level of dark skin. But unlike 'nigga', it does not associate with negativity, rather the opposite, for me at least. Because, other than dark-skinned people, I also connect it with 'negerkys' ['nigga kiss'], a nickname for 'flødebolle', a form of cream bun we Danes love.
For me, 'neger' is no different in politeness than 'Asian'. Honestly, I prefer calling a dark-skinned 'neger' more than 'African', because it softens it up. And much rather 'neger' than 'black'; I despise the use of colors; 'white', 'black', 'brown', 'yellow'; to describe people, thus the joke 'pig-coloured'. Maybe it's because I occasionally have heard some call others for 'fejlfarvet' ['wrong-coloured']; I mean, how can a colour be wrong?
Actually, if you look in the Danish dictionary, 'neger' is still listed as non-racist, and both earlier generations and mine use it without any shame. However, my sister (who's five years younger than me) gets shocked whenever we use it and leans towards calling us racists, so most recently there must have been a change – my guess will be the spreading of 'nigga' to Europe – that makes the teens today more careful of using it.
Question: why is it that people with light skin are not allowed to say that word, when it's okay for dark-skinned to do so? For me, I see it as nothing else but double-standard and a way to suppress 'pig-coloured' with shaming.

Funny side story, now that we are at it: a word I would never call another person is 'perker' ['Paki'] which probably sounds about as bad here as 'nigga' in America; but a few years ago, there was this incident where some cops were caught on camera, saying that exact word to some citizens. Drama! The court and everything got pulled into it, and in the end, the defending lawyer tried to ease it with this – that the cops had actually said 'perler' ['pearls'], not 'perker', and that the police uses it as slang. That explanation was so hilariously bad that everyone began saying that to each other, 'du er sådan en perle!' ['you are such a pearl!'], no one could take it serious. I don't remember what happened to the cops, probably fired, though I doubt they got jailed, but that's the one time racism turned out fun for everyone, including those targeted by it.


Another thing that gets looked down upon, but I feel no shame of having done: portraying other cultures – Native Americans, Indians, you name it. I'm sorry, but why? Why is it wrong to portray those? Yes, they are stereotypes, but here at least, we have always done it as a tribute to that specific culture. Playing cowboys and Indians, that was honestly funnier and taught me more than playing robbers and cops. I love wearing Japanese clothes, is that wrong? To like another part of the world, to be so fascinated by a culture to the point where I copy and carry out my own version of it. Is that racist? Here and there, I have read how people are 'disgusted' by this. Even if it's they themselves who as kids dressed up for carnivals. Sorry, but I don't get this. So am I a racist, because even today the thought of acting as cultural stereotypes doesn't bother me at all?


When you travel to foreign countries that differ much from yours, there will be a certain level of culture shock, but as a visitor you will in most cases be welcomed. But once people settle down in another country than the one they are born in, this is typically when cultural differences can turn into a problem. I told you above, I'm from a neighbourhood with quite a variety of nationalities, so I have experienced this myself from early age. I'm trying hard not to point fingers and generalize people, but that would probably be hard in this case: the immigrants who cause most trouble are the Muslims. At least here in Denmark, there's a constant battle for balance between the Danes and immigrants – most clearly the recent gang wars between Muslims and Danish rockers, something previously unheard of. I'm not sure why exactly it is the Muslims; and actually, it's the children born here that are troublesome, rather than their parents. It's as if they are failing more than other immigrants to combine Danish culture with their parents', the results can be horrifying – drunk young men who think women are lower beings and that democracy is shit, the Sharia law should rule!  In reality, they are terribly spoilt; they have no idea what kind of reality their parents fled from, yet they loudly announce that DK is shit and that they will 'be moving back home'. For my sake, they can go ahead, just don't except the gate to be wide open for them if they try to return… Does this opinion make me racist?
I agree that we should help victims of war and so on, but DK is a small country, there's only that much we can do, (in my opinion, I think we are already too involved some places), and if there are people selfish enough to spit on the safety we have worked hard on creating, if they are not satisfied and want to get rid off the Danish culture, then I shall gladly drive them to the nearest border or airport and see them off. Harsh maybe. And for being so nationalistic, it's not hard to believe that Danes get called racist, is it? Especially by children of immigrants. But people have to understand, Denmark is Denmark, it's the oldest still-existing kingdom in the world, we are among the top of the list over peaceful countries; you don't think we would want to change and lose that, do you?

That turned into quite a long rant with no clear point, so let me do a different approach. I'm against that the Danish government has to pay for a mosque to be built. No, it's not because I'm against Islam. It's because I believe in the separation of religion and the state. Yes, I'm part of the Christian church, but that's more due to habit and convenient (example, having a secured spot at cemeteries) than due to desire. Yet, the Muslims are quick to curse at us and call us unwilling racists. If you have earned the money and building rights for a mosque, then go ahead – and I hate to say it, DK is still a Christian country, that's why the government (and thereby all of us) still pays the church. Tough luck.
Another point: last week, there has been talk about adding 'wallah' and 'habibi' to the Danish dictionary. I'm against this, not because it's Arabic(?), but because about 90% of the Danish citizens – especially the older generations – don't use it nor have any idea what it means. It's fine if kids in the bigger cities or ghettos use it as a slang, but with that many who doesn't acknowledge it as part of Danish culture, I'm afraid the time for those terms to be added officially is not yet here.
Again, we have been quick to be called racists, despite the fact that several Danish dialect words are not written in there. The only real reason why all this gets debated this much lately, as I see it, is less about the fact that the Danish government wants to expand the culture and more because they are afraid. Afraid, pressured, getting suppressed by one word: racist. They are terrified, as people of a 'pig-coloured' country, of being called out as narrow-minded racists. Don't believe me? You don't have to, as no one has said it like this, but 'minorities' have greater power over democratic governments than any wants to admit. Of course, absolutely, minorities have to be listened to, but the government shouldn't shiver in fear of them and completely forget what the majority is for. Racist thought? No, it's more an expression of worry.


Wherever I go, whatever I say, I have to watch what I say and do. Obviously, we all have to be aware of each other, respect and accept, try to understand. But it has gotten to the point, where I – a white person (GASP! Racist!) – have to hold back more than others. By the smallest slipup, I'm immediately branded as a racist. I'm getting suppressed, my right for free speech is suffering. Why? Because of the simple reason, my skin colour is lighter than others. That it's widely believed, though maybe not recognized, that light skin equals lower morals when it comes to talks about races. Calling someone with light skin for racist because of the skin colour alone, is that not racism? Go ahead, look it up.

So, tell me, am I racist? Because of my skin colour? My nationality? Because of my family background? My childhood? Because of terms with other meanings than you are used to? Because I love my country as it is? Because I don't want to be walked all over, because I voice up about what I believe is an issue?
If you said yes to any of these, then go ahead – call me a white racist bastard. But you know what? Does that make you any better?


And with that, I shall end this journal. I hope I gave you something to consider. Maybe reconsider?
At the very least, hopefully you will spare all this a thought.

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:iconknightfromhell:
KnightfromHell Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're not racist, you just have your eyes open.
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Dunkir Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A little, but I'm mexican so...you know. Don't worry about it.
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AquaticEmperor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
As a black guy from america who has just finished reading this journal entry. I have to say with 100% sincerity that you are NOT a racist. And I anyone calls you that inspite of all you has said  then they can fuck off. 
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for saying so! I appreciate that, it means a lot.
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1980goldclick Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
How tall are you?
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:iconchriswillar:
CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Approximately 5'7
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It may be redundant to add this now but I think you come off as someone who enjoys diversity and has no interest in holding yourself and your kind above those who are different.

As it pertains to the Muslims who cause trouble for you, you have to remember that being Muslim isn't a racial paradigm, it's socio-political/religious paradigm. As such, anyone who says you're denigrating them in a racist way because you are critical of Islam is full of $#*! and needs to be put in their place. And, furthermore, anyone who is going to come into a foreign culture or who is born into a culture not native to their ancestors, and then chooses to denigrate that culture, isn't taking the time to give the respect they demand for themselves and should be expelled. If you or I went to, say, Malaysia on a trip, we would be expected to conform to and respect the norms of that culture and bear any consequences for any transgressions that may occur. Therefore, it is no sin to expect the same from those who come into your culture.

Respect is paramount, as you suggest, but you shouldn't have to bend over backward to respect someone who isn't likely to respect you in kind.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You said that just brilliantly, sir! :thumbsup:
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've been struggling with that one for a while now and the only resolution I can come to is mutual respect on the proviso that respect will be reciprocated. Now that's not to say that I will withhold respect until it's given but if I know for a fact that it wont then my willingness to extend respect, as I've intimated, is gone. I wont be be walked on.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed; mutual respect should definitely be the answer - I'll treat anyone as an equal, and will continue to do so if it's returned. Wreck it, and you wreck it for good. This is of course on a personal basis (one person acting bad doesn't mean any and every person misbehaves), but there's just the tendency you can't help but be somewhat aware of that, that for example the Vietnamese (in general!) cause less problems than, let's say, the Turkish. At least, that's the way it is here. I have met some really nice Muslims, but they got a bad reputation. Especially when it comes to the Sharia believers. However, we should still treat the individual with respect, until if that person proves unworthy of it.
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely, and it's not that much different here in the US. We don't have that many Muslims but I've met plenty of christians and there are some who have a very healthy 'live and let live' approach to life. And then there are a minority who are absolute ****heads (forgive the language). And you have people in the military who are decent and friendly and people who are completely self-absorbed and don't give a damn about anyone but themselves.

So yeah...first rule - Respect. Second rule - Self-Respect. :-)
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, all kinds of people exist within a group - ranging from what-could-be your best friends to life-long enemies.
Ohh, that's quite a simple yet accurate saying - 1st rule: respect; 2nd rule: self-respect - I will have to remember that one~
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers. :-)
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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lexascorner Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   General Artist
I'm gonna try really (REALLY) hard not to turn this comment into an enormous ramble. My major in college was Cultural Studies. What you speak of, "reverse racism" is called Affirmative Action in the United States. Basically, to reduce the gap between races/cultures, Affirmative Action advocates that if two people of different races have equal in qualifications, and one of them is part of a minority, employers have to hire the representative of the minority group, before the one that is not. This, in turn has been seen negatively as reverse racism.

another valid point you made, is that of cultural clashes between first generation immigrants and second generation immigrants. (the ones that immigrated, as opposed to those who were born here) --- it is often that first generation immigrants want to preserve some degree of their culture after immigration, whereas second degree immigrants want to fully fit in, or vice-versa. Sometimes it gets ugly, and conflicts arise, but my theory is that the upbringing of the people in these cases are a huge factor. For instance, a hispanic family recently immigrating to the states (I keep bringing up the US, because that is my area of expertise, and can give concrete examples- however, I imagine it is the same for the rest of the world --- ps: i'm from Europe too) would find ways to integrate in the hispanic community of the city they live in, in a way that they don't even need to learn the language until they are forced to venture out of their comfort zone; whether it is in search of a better job, or a better school for their children, etc; the children of those type of people usually are desperate to shed their heritage and completely fit in as Americans. In return, a first generation family that has fully integrated and became Americanized, their children will want to hold on to their heritage. Whether it is by holding on to their accent, or trying not to venture too far from the community, etc.

also, I think I remembered reading something about the situation in the US in your journal entry, and I remember wanting to say something about the so-called double standards when it comes to certain adjectives, like nigger and others. it’s been my job for a long time to make fun of the most frivolous aspects of society – namely, sports, television, and celebrity culture.

Along the way, I’ve learned that there are a lot of people out there on the Internet who don’t agree with my sense of humor. Like, A LOT. These are the people who, if you’re lucky, make “Two and a Half Men” the #1 sitcom in America and who find Dane Cook’s humor “too edgy.” If you’re unlucky, they’re the people who take perverse delight in being offended by some jerk with a blog. I know this because they leave comments and write angry emails.

Don't get me wrong. I love people, and I am not a racist in any way-- I have black friends, and I address them with "nigger" all the time. I think it is who you're talking to that is more important than others. You have to understand, not so long ago, the word "Nigger" was designed to be used as a slur, as an insult for people that were deemed 'inferior' because of their skin color. Indeed, slavery is now abolished, and the wounds are no longer gushing with blood, but the scars still remain, and in some cultures of the world, as well as for certain people, certain words are more wisely to be avoided.

-- I was talking earlier about my blog, and how certain words tick off my readers -or rather used to, when I used to write satire. I don't anymore, basically because I have better things to do than to read never ending streams of slurs.
anyway;
here are some of the top surefire ways that I managed to tick people off: (attempting to add a little humor to the gravity of this discussion)

Unwittingly open the door for a heated discussion about domestic violence. Joke about one of the following: cancer/rape/the Holocaust. We can all agree that cancer is a terrible, terrible sickness. (According to a cursory Internet search I conducted, it’s the third-leading cause of death in America, after heart disease and pissing off Chuck Norris.) Likewise, rape is an unconscionably cruel and evil crime, an act that’s conceivably worse than murder for the mental damage it inflicts on the victim. And the Holocaust? Well, it’s the single most horrific attempt at genocide in human history.
So why would I or anyone else joke about something so awful? Well, stop lecturing me over email for a second and I’ll tell you.
People joke about cancer not because it’s inherently funny, but because it’s inherently terrible. For many of us, laughter is a coping mechanism that takes the teeth out of something awful. Soldiers laugh about death in combat because the immensity of the horrors would otherwise be too great. So before you tell me all about your mother who died of cancer, why don’t you go over to Afghanistan and tell our servicemen what they should and shouldn’t laugh at, you America-hating terrorist.
Humor is not absolute; it is an individual taste, and every individual has a line that, once crossed, creates nausea rather than laughter. Humor is, at its purest essence, the misfortune of someone else. The difference between comedy and tragedy is whether or not you know or feel sympathy for that someone else. And you know what? Choosing indignance over laughter doesn’t make you a better person; it just gets you a better grade in your Women’s Studies class.

Get a detail about the world of Star Trek/Star Wars/Avatar wrong. “Um, hello? The tauntaun’s sole appearance in the Star Wars franchise was in The Empire Strikes Back, not Return of the Jedi as you erroneously claim.”

“In your misguided attempt to pillory the Na’avi language, you neglected to take into account that they lack both the word for ‘murder’ and the pluperfect subjunctive tense.” --- really. I shit you not, these comments exist in an archived document on my laptop.
Use the word “fag.”
and this is a south park video I just find hilarious. You might want to watch it. Just for laughs. Oh, and it's also right, not just funny. [link]
While “South Park’s” episode about this subject wasn’t the show’s sharpest cultural critique, it did raise some important points, specifically: (1) language is in a constant state of flux, and (2) the word “f–got” has had a particularly malleable history. Moreover, it’s an epithet that’s unique to America; ask for a “fag” in the U.K. and someone will give you a cigarette. But you wanted gay sex!
Chris Rock also addressed the change in the word’s meaning in his 2008 stand-up special Kill the Messenger:
"You don’t have to be gay to act like a f–got. You don’t even have to be a man to act like a f–got. Anybody can act like a f–got.Let me give you an example: I love Gwen Stefani. I think No Doubt is one of the best groups in the world; I keep a No Doubt CD in my car… Now, if I’m drivin’ my car, and I’m at the light, and you in the car behind me, and the light’s red, and I’m just sittin’ there blasting some Gwen Stefani… and you in the car behind me and the light’s red–cool.
But then the light turns green. And I don’t see it, because I’m in Gwen Stefani heaven. And I’m just goin’ “Ain’t no hollaback girl! Ain’t no hollaback!” Now the light starts f*ckin’ blinking! It’s gettin’ ready to turn red again, and I *still* don’t see it, and I’m in my car going “This sh*t is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” … Now if you in the car behind me, and that light’s gettin’ ready to turn red, and I’m going “this sh*t is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” If you in the car behind me, you have the right to go “HEY, F–GOT! The light’s about to change!” Sh*t, even Elton John would call me a faggot at that moment.


It’s not the word, it’s the context in which the word is bein’ said!

using the word “retard.” Dear People Who Have a Family Member with Down Syndrome, I am not calling your family member with Down Syndrome retarded. I’m calling NBC’s late-night programming decisions retarded. I’m calling what Glenn Beck said the other night retarded. I’m calling Ashton Kutcher’s fans retarded. You see, your Down syndrome-having family member is NOT a retard. He has special needs, or he’s mentally handicapped, or he’s some other sufficiently sanitized term that doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

Getting back on track to what my point was----
All these words are not like wop or mick or dago or any of the old-school slurs that were designed specifically to be slurs. They're words that used to be acceptable until it was deemed insensitive to a certain group of people, and has since been co-opted for a different use. The English language is in a constant state of flux, and as the 21st century creates heretofore unseen acts of stupidity, so too must the language accommodate new adjectives to describe them. I mean, hello? Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel? That’s just retarded.

Think of it as walking around a big city with a lot of neighborhoods. I wouldn’t take my brand of schadenfreude and dick jokes to the New York Times or The Atlantic any sooner than I would try to crash a black-tie fundraiser at the Ritz.
Now, this isn’t a call for the segregation of ideas. By all means, go out and explore the various nooks and crannies of the Web. Just don’t go to Harlem and tell people to stop acting so black. Because the motherf*ckas are still pretty sensitive when it comes to that.

Oh, and another thing. You're not being racist because you oppose your country building churches for others. There has to be a degree of separation between the state and the church, in any country, regardless of its regime. During the neo - communist and communist times, religion was banned all together. I am not suggesting that was better. A person is entitled to his/her belief system. I am just saying that the state has no business in it. Because ultimately, the central ideology ANY religion has at its core, is love. For the God you believe in, for the people close to you, for the rest of humanity. Every religion on the planet preaches love.

Well, maybe except for those that are members of the Westboro Baptist Church. the KKK put a disclaimer on their website that they are in NO way affiliated with them.
you know you're doing hate right when the KKK thinks you're too cooky

sorry for the long-ass ramble. I would have said at least twice as much, but I promised to keep it as short as I can :picknose:

If I offended anyone with this - I'm sorry, but you know I'm right!
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks for the long comment - I appreciate it! Can't reply to it lengthly (it's almost 1am here!), but I read it all and agree on most points :thumbsup:
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lexascorner Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   General Artist
well, It's 2 AM where I am, sweetie. You don't need to write a long-ass reply to let me know what you think -- you just did :p
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Go. To. Bed! ;)
Thank you, again~
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lexascorner Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   General Artist
hahaha you made me laugh. No, actually I work better at nights, but I'm gonna leave you alone for the time being.
shit happened. people need to let go. And you need not heed every word people say. I'm guessing you're old enough to know better.
I'm not a very religious person, but I do have a belief system. That system is spread light and love, and you get light and love. So smile! Before you hit the pillow, take a deep breath and let some positive vibes into the universe. They'll find their way to people who need them.

So now I am extending my arms in a hug for you. Close your eyes, accept my hug, and let go of all the negativity. The only person you're hurting is yourself. Smile. Let yourself be inspired by beautiful things and souls. Stay happy. Keep your chin up, and act like you're the motherfreaking best. Because you are. The Universe loves you.

Blessed Be. :heart:
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I prefer to stay up too~ but there's early classes tomorrow, damn! ^^;

You know, you're absolutely right - always remember, but move on; don't let things hold you back, smile and be happy! I'm converting myself to your belief~ thank you for the huge encouragement! :heart:
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lexascorner Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   General Artist
ps--- I have the attention span of a goldfish- where I was going with the affirmative action idea was that sometimes when we act in such a manner as to protect the minorities, what in fact we are doing is creating unfair opportunities, thus the effect of reverse racism that you spoke of. I think I didn't say that, and that thing is too long for me to read again LOL
I really have the attention span of a goldfish.

Good night, and please don't hate me. I'm a nerd hahaha :picknose:
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your country actually paid to build a mosque? That would be unthinkable over here in America. For one, we do have separation of church and state, so the government CANNOT fund the building of any place of worship, be it church or mosque. Of course, on the flip side, even if it’s just Muslims building their own mosque there is controversy and protest. Think what happened in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

As for the rest of your rant: I agree. It is immoral for the sins of the father to be passed onto the son. Yes, slavery and genocide were bad things, but just because people within my “race” were responsible for it does not make me in turn responsible. I never owned a slave, and for the most part, neither did my ancestors; so why should my tax money go to slave reparations? Why do I have to face workplace discrimination simply because other people of a different race experienced it? That’s not justice. That’s blind vengeance!

But then again, I really roll my eyes when it comes to “white power” or “white pride” or “white rights” or worse “white genocide” (there is none!). To me, true progress is moving past the antiquated notion of race. There is no black and white. Only human. The most oppressed minority of all is the individual. So it only stands that we should focus on individual rights rather than black rights or white rights.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think they actually did, but it's still in the talks - as for churches, I do believe the government is paying for; through our taxes. Which is why more and more are opposed to it, since people are leaving the church.

As for the rest, I agree with you too - it's ridiculous that children, grandchildren and so on have to 'pay' for what their ancestors did; or maybe didn't, they merely just lived during the time when it happened. And I think giving other privileges based on skin colour or religion is wrong; even if they do it to be less 'racist', it actually just leads to more discrimination.

For the very last part, it's plain spot-on! :thumbsup:
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NotInTheDictionary Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I really enjoyed this article, but I have to disagree with the part about Muslims. It's too broad a generalization.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
Well, generalization is never good... but it's hard to be keep this short & simple without doing so. Also, unfortunately, all except for one of the Muslim families I have met have been like this, to some degree. I can't say how they are other places, only those I have experienced.
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AkaiChounokoe Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True, and you're one of the few to express their opinion on the topic
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's still rather new and 'dangerous', but I do wish more would at least acknowledge it.
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AkaiChounokoe Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I acknowledged it and I hope more does the same
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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AkaiChounokoe Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Not really. Every race was enslaved. Every race is racist again another race. Slavery and racism happens everywhere. It's just the matter seeing it for yourself.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'm not going to quietly let this happen.
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Don't bother fighting it.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall be the one to decide that.
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Ok then.
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The-Laughing-Rabbit Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Civil rights movement, the time of regular lynchings, segregation, treatment as a second class citizen, and other such things, wasn't that long ago. A freight train like that, that has been chugging at full speed for centuries, doesn't just stop, it takes a long time to slow down. In a sense, that freight train of racism is still moving, slowing, but moving.

Now, when I say racism, I don't mean prejudice. Racism is institutionalized discrimination. As you gave an example with the cops; what you have is prejudice, backed by authority, that's racism. Take New York's Stop and Frisk policy, or the TSA's searches, or Arizona's stop and search immigration policy; these are clear instances of authority targeting specific minority groups. The TSA searches almost exclusively people of Arab descent. 88% of the people stopped and frisked by the police where minority, while white people make up 45% of the New York population. The Stop and search policy in Arizona have lead to no stops of cars with white drivers, but plenty of stops for cars with Hispanic drivers.

There is no law saying you can't say the N word. Freedom of speech doesn't mean you have the right to say whatever you want without social reprisal. You have the right to say racist things, and people have the right to call you a racist because of it. Your freedom of speech is not infringed at all.

Also, words carry very different connotations. Why some words will get you labeled a racist, and why other words won't get others labeled a racist. The N word is a direct reference to a time when a black person wasn't a person, they were property and it is a reference to prejudice backed by authority. it has a connotation of saying one is below you. "Pig skinned" however, is simply prejudice, not racist, and carries no such connotation.

Please don't confuse prejudice and racism. You experience prejudice, but not racism.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Racism will always exist, sadly, in one way or another. But I don't quite agree with your definition:

(From Oxford's Dictionary:)
Definition of racism
noun [mass noun]
- the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races:
- theories of racism: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

Definition of prejudge
verb [with object]
- form a judgement on (an issue or person) prematurely and without having adequate information


It may not yet be that widely spread, racism against 'pig-coloured' (which is my own lil joke, btw) does happen, though it appears different than other kinds of racism.
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The-Laughing-Rabbit Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
according to sociologist who study such thing, racism is specifically prejudice backed by authority.

And regardless, White people don't experience it on an institutionalized level. Sure there is a growing social stigma, but not straight up actual oppression against white people like there very much still is against People of Color.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, some places 'pig-coloured' are being discriminated against by the system.
Well, I'm not saying that all of this is a huge issue yet, but it's a tendency to watch out for.
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The-Laughing-Rabbit Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those places that actually do have systematic discrimination of white people are not western countries. I believe Japan is such a country, where a Japanese ethnicity is considered the default, much like whiteness in western countries. I reside in the U.S. and you reside in Denmark, so this isn't really relevant.

The concern for "reverse" discrimination in western countries is very low, to the point to where it is far more productive to address other racial concerns first.
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"Those places that actually do have systematic discrimination of white people are not western countries."

In the United States, Affirmative Action allows honkies to be passed over for jobs, educational slots, promotion and government employment in favor of minority members.

I've had it happen to me three times over the years I've worked.

Just injectin' a lil' truth :D
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, though it might be more productive right now to address other kinds of racism, I still find it important to talk and acknowledge something like this could become an issue.
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The-Laughing-Rabbit Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It could be an issue a decade or two down the line, but to give it any priority or whatever above more serious racist issues like the NYC Stop and frisk law, or Arizona Stop and search law, that daily, negatively effects hundreds of people of color, would be foolish, and a bit racist in itself. It's the equivalent of saying your internet problems are worse the problems of people in countries who deal with fire fights in their streets daily.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I never said I'm ignoring and not addressing other types of racism, I'm just doing that elsewhere - but I still want to spread at least alittle awareness of this too.
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jgraham1993 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I'm sort like that, er I have blonde hair, but I'm a mutt so I have hazel eyes, not blue.

I'm part
Native American
British
Scottish
German

that's it 25% 25% 25% 25%

Here is my perspective on racism, everyone is racist. racism as defined by profiling a person by their looks and race, yeah everyone does that.

But racism as defined by hating someone based on their heritage, yeah I don't do that. you see my family is very divisive since my Grandma was pure blood Cherokee and my cousin married an African If I was racist then that would mean I hate my family. (I don't hate my family)

But anyway, I don't believe any particular race is superior to another, so I am not happy with the label of racist. But you could call me a speciesist since I believe humans are superior to dogs
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone might have prejudices, expectations of how others will be based on looks and so on, but no race is superior to another. Ever.
Oh, and nice national mix of heritage and family you have :aww:
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jgraham1993 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
[link] My theme
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm unable to watch it now, but I'll take a look later.
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Sonikkubumu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am Celtic, Anglo Saxon and Anglo Indian, I have lived in a Small town on the English and Scottish Border ever since I was born, Racism is not really a problem here, we have very few nationalist as most of the town are supporters of the Liberal Democrats. I see there is a difference between racism and stereotyping, racism is seeing yourself and others of your race and nationalities superior than other races or nationalities and singling out people and discriminating against whilst stereotyping is just making a joke out of someones culture or anything other.

I don't think that the government should ever fund a religion or religious organization. On the other hand Language changes look at 13th century, 17th century and 21st century English, it has changed drastically so change in language will happen. The whole police incident Yes I do think it should have been looked into because in this day and age police are increasingly acting in a brutal manner in most cases targeting someone because of the colour of their skin and sometimes being physically and verbally abused especially in places like Hackney in London.

As for your family and countries history, I am against fascism and in full support of ANTIFA which is an Anti-Fascist group which is originated in Germany therefore obviously Germans are very upset about their history, I have a German friend from Hanover who said they were never taught world war 2 in Germany and the swastika is Illegal. Many countries which invaded by Hitler, he made force citizens of that invaded countries to fight for the NAZI's whilst other's who were really against the NAZI's (Which I will say I respect more) joined coups and rebel groups to sabotage NAZI activity. Many people who were forced to fight for the NAZI's either were forced, feared into or fell for their sick propaganda this is why I have very little to blame for the German soldiers and German citizens, How would they of known of what Hitler would pf done in the future.

There is all ways going to be racism where Radical Islamists fight the EDL (In which I am against I hate the EDL and BNP and Radical islam) I am using these two as an example as they are the biggest cause of racism in my country as both a subjugated by fear of terrorism which the British government are terrorists.
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CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the long comment, I feel bad for not being able to give a long reply in turn, but I agree with you on most parts: :thumbsup:
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