RE: Vicious Racism was RE: Reparations

From: Mitchell, Jerry (3337) (Jerry.Mitchell@esavio.com)
Date: Tue Aug 07 2001 - 11:25:40 MDT


> >From: "Mitchell, Jerry (3337)" <Jerry.Mitchell@esavio.com>
>
> >If your going to
> >use the word racist, please have the common courtesy to know
> what it means,
> >and how it differs from bigoted and discriminatory.
>
> If your bigotry and/or discrimination are directed at another
> based upon
> that other's race, you are a racist, no?
>

If bigotry and discrimination are directed at a person of another race, it
MAY be indicative of racism. It may be directed at a cultural attribute as
well. If there's a disproportional amount of crime for blacks, it doesn't
mean that blacks are genetically disposed to criminal behavior. This is
probably caused by cultural factors. So now you end up blacks being watched
like a hawk as they walk around stores by people expecting them to shoplift.
Are the people discriminating? Yes. Are they being racist? No.

Racism is the belief that one race is genetically superior, and I for one
don't think I am genetically superior (white male), but I do think that
black culture (specifically urban black culture) has problems. If you
provide any commentary on a cultural attribute on another race, it might be
twisted to appear as though its an attack on genetic composition , which it
isn't. Then wait and you'll hear screams of racism everywhere, and no
cultural problem will ever be able to be discussed or solved. Try and keep
culture and genetic issues separate is all I'm trying to get across. Keeping
concepts clear is important. When you get into very emotional issues like
these, its even more important.

> >P.S. Another pet peeve of mine is there is no such word as
> "Disrepecting"!
> >Webster would be rolling over in his grave :)
>
> While the English professor hats are on the table, one of
> *my* pet peeves is
> use of the possesive pronoun "your" in place of the correct
> conraction for
> the phrase "you are."
>

While I'll admit to not having perfect grammar, at least I'm not inventing
words! I looked it up and it looks like my usage falls into category 3. But
thanks for the clarification on my informal use.
P.S. Its possessive... not possesive, also contraction instead of conraction
although this one looked like a typo.

your (yr, yr, yr; yr when unstressed)
adj. The possessive form of you.
1. Used as a modifier before a noun: your boots; your accomplishments.
2. A person's; one's: The light switch is on your right.
3. Informal. Used with little or no sense of possession to indicate a type
familiar to the listener: your basic three-story frame house.



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