Prowler wrote:She never said that in public. The only people who heard her saying that were me and my grandmother(her mother).
What difference does that make? It's still a view she holds, and it proves she doesn't put differences aside when it comes to living in a society with black people in it.
Ofc you don't need to "lynch black people" to be racist. But someone having some prejudice in them doesn't automatically mean they'll silently stand by watching black people being lynched. Remember that All in Family episode where Archie Bunker accidentally joins the KKK and feels uncomfortable about it, eventually leaving it? Archie Bunker, as we all know, was a quite prejudiced old man who had trouble filtering himself, but he didn't endorse burning crosses.
I haven't seen that one, I don't think, but sure, it doesn't automatically mean that. It doesn't automatically mean they won't, either, though. See: Donald Chump.
hardcore racists are people who make it their life mission to be racist and fight for "racial superiority" or wtv. That's a very vocal minority of people. Most people in the world have priorities in life.
Okay, but most hate crimes aren't committed by people who make that their goal in life. Thus, from the perspective of those of us who aren't
white, it doesn't really matter whether people are dedicating their lives to racism or they just subconsciously hold racist beliefs. They can still hurt or even kill us for no other reason.
I don't recall saying the English dislike of Poles was the same thing as what Europeans did to Blacks in the past. And how does that change the fact there is xenophobia among different European groups as well?
I never said it changes that fact, either. I'm saying just because that xenophobia exists doesn't mean it's comparable to how non-white people in Europe are treated, and you just juxtaposed those two things as if they were the same thing when they're not. Why else would you say, "A is true, but B is also true" if you know A and B are not comparable at all?
Well that's just ignorance and poor education for them to lump all those people together as if they were one thing.
Well, yeah. Most people are pretty ignorant and poorly educated, and racial classifications (especially informal ones) don't really make much scientific sense. I mean, for that matter, "black" and "Indian" don't make a whole lot of sense, either, given that the set of people encompassed by either of those two categories don't necessarily have anything at all to do with each other, but white people lumped us into categories like that, so that's what we have.
I don't expect rednecks to know better, but educated people also make such mistake? So that myth about Americans thinking Spain and Mexico are the same thing isn't much of a myth after all?
Are you kidding? Even my mom doesn't know the difference between "Spanish" and "Mexican." She says "Spanish" all the time when she means "Mexican." I try to correct her when she says that, but she ain't listenin'.
There are also white supremacists who only consider certain Europeans to be White. I believe they're called Nordicists. Non-Germanic speaking people to them are all Moors, Turks and Mongols.
Well, when you hear that word all over the media and being used in popular rap songs, you can't blame others for assuming it's just a cool slang word for "friend" or "mate".
Yes, I can, because I know full well that there is plenty of available information these days on what it really does mean.
Many people outside of USA don't know the origins of that word. I first heard of that word when I was like 13-14 years old? I think it was in that movie Men of Honor with DeNiro and Cuba Gooding Jr. Have you seen that film?
I've barely even heard of it.
And for the record, it is kind of odd for many american black people to adopt a term they found so offensive as a slang work that's part of their daily vocabulary.
I don't think it is when disproportionate oppression can be (and often is) internalized
And it's also odd to me how ****a and ****er are considered two different things.
There's a lot of debate both within the black community and outside as to how acceptable either term is.
I think it's mostly a taboo in English speaking countries.
It's an English word, so yeah.
All languages have slurs, but none that seems to match n*****.
Most languages aren't spoken by people who abducted, oppressed, enslaved, abused, and brutally tortured people from a different continent for hundreds of years and continue to do many of these things to said people even today, so yeah.
And I always found it odd how that word is such a taboo that even quoting it will give you flack. In the media they call it "the n-word", for example.
I've seen a claim before that it's probably the most offensive word in the English language. (I think I included a link to my source for that on this forum once. Maybe I'll dig it up for you if you're interested).
I think in South Africa, the "forbidden word" is kaffir. No idea if the word n***** is used there or not. I mean there's lots of English speakers there so maybe?
Anyway, you can't automatically expect a non-American to know the meaning of "the n word".
It's not an automatic expectation; it's an automatic reaction of surprise, and again, given the availability of information on things like this these days, I think it's actually a pretty well justified one.