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How do we eliminate racism?

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People need to step out of their comfort zones and walk a mile in each other shoes...... In my experience, the vast majority of people aren't evil or even hateful, most racists are scared of the unknown and scared of change. If they took the time to get to know each other and discuss each others problems, 9 times out of 10 they find out that black or white we all share the same ambitions and worries in life..... this helps formulate a mutual respect for each other.
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I think that the majority of racism stems from the fact that we were taught to think a certain way about a certain group of people by those from an older generation who have that ideology. I am pretty sure that the majority of those from the generation of 'Born Free's' gained a racist outlook from nurture, not nature. The best way to eliminate, or at least discourage, racism is through socialisation and the mentality in which we raise our children.
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It's a lot easier to blame to the past for current events, and use it to justify your actions or position than to try and take initiative or responsibility. Racism will end when it is no longer seen as a valid argument or excuse.
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To eliminate racism we need to be able to completely and honestly forget our country's past. As the stories and memories passed down are the ones that are making us naturally biased before we can even form our own opinion on the matter.
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Racism stems from enforced ideologies, influenced by older generations. This outlook gains strength when either race performs an act of crime or injustice,or is put into a position of unearned advantage. Therefore makes their racism justifiable, and passed own to further generations, and so on and so forth. The only way to eradicate racism is to stop feeling either entitled or disadvantaged, and placing the blame and responsibility, solely, on the apartheid era.
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I think that a subtle influence of racism is seen in the school curriculum. Either through the actual content, or the rules and regulations that are implemented. Thus, even if you raise your child in a racist free household, by the time they get to high school, their minds will be swarming with questions from what they experience, or are taught at school. A lot of this is executed through the school uniform, and what is seen as 'appropriate', which does not allow much diversity for anyone. Schools need to give the children, especially in high school, more freedom when it comes to their daily appearance. I would suggest abandoning the notion of placing so much importance on a strict uniform in general.
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People need to step out of their comfort zones and walk a mile in each other shoes...... In my experience, the vast majority of people aren't evil or even hateful, most racists are scared of the unknown and scared of change. If they took the time to get to know each other and discuss each others problems, 9 times out of 10 they find out that black or white we all share the same ambitions and worries in life..... this helps formulate a mutual respect for each other.
I agree that we need to first step out of our comfort zones and that people are inherently good. However, I don't think the getting to know each other is enough to eliminate racism. While we do have the same problems and ambition, it will be difficult to erase racism if we don't eliminate the preconceptions or stereotypes that are being perpetuated in pop culture.
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I think that a subtle influence of racism is seen in the school curriculum. Either through the actual content, or the rules and regulations that are implemented. Thus, even if you raise your child in a racist free household, by the time they get to high school, their minds will be swarming with questions from what they experience, or are taught at school. A lot of this is executed through the school uniform, and what is seen as 'appropriate', which does not allow much diversity for anyone. Schools need to give the children, especially in high school, more freedom when it comes to their daily appearance. I would suggest abandoning the notion of placing so much importance on a strict uniform in general.
Our history should also be taught accurately, and without bias, in schools.
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Everyone just needs to stop using apartheid is either an excuse or justification for everything.
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Everyone just needs to stop using apartheid is either an excuse or justification for everything.
Agreed. It simply cannot be used as a scapegoat, for both parties, anymore.
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South Africans are still far too emotionally invested in our country's past. Genuinely, I don't think that anything can be done with the current generations, and that we need to die out before any real change can occur.
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South Africans are still far too emotionally invested in our country's past. Genuinely, I don't think that anything can be done with the current generations, and that we need to die out before any real change can occur.
I agree! It's possible but not in this lifetime.
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Thanks Obama for once again taking no responsibility for YOUR actions....you truly are a special kind of stupid as this country has become more divided under your presidency????????
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Trump should invite the young White victim of black aggression to the White House within the first month and have a press conference. He should demand stronger hate crime laws that treat all victims of hate crimes equally, regardless of skin tone or mental capacity. He should say"If I had a handicapped son he might look a lot like this young man and the thought of him being attacked for his race really hurts me deeply." Then he should demand that the Chief of Police of Chicago and all the other black racists covering up this hate crime resign
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I saw the strangest thing in my almost 50 years on the planet yesterday. I watched the biggest failure in American history award himself a Distinguished Service Medal. I hope that I didn't offend any Snowflakes by telling it like it is....:)
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You and the liberals are the cause. Race baiting and playing victim has now cost us how much? in lives? in money? obama, you are a disgraceful human. You disgust me.
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I hold Obama personally responsible for the condition of race relations in this country. Bad behavior is bad behavior. I personally don't care what color the perpetrator is. When you constantly condone bad behavior you create a culture where the thugs become empowered
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Basically what Obama is saying is It is the White person who is responsible for this racist act committed by the innocent black thugs.
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I wanna hear what Trump has to say about this, not Obama. At least the Donald will tell you like it is instead of sugar coating the situation...
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Correct me if I'm wrong but is this bafoon suggesting that this white special needs man being abused by black adults screaming racist, anti-Trump remarks into the camera is the"toll" of racism against blacks? Seriously???? How many days til Jan 20th??
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