RE: "New Age Racists"?

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From: Tom Whore (
Date: Wed Nov 29 2000 - 13:38:39 PST

On Wed, 29 Nov 2000, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:

--]> I have heard the old argument that you cant be a racists
--]> unless your in a
--]> position of superiority over those you are racist against.
--]Wait, I missed that. What straw man told you that?
From: Kragen Sitaker<kragen@p...>
Date: TueNov28,20003:33pm
Subject: Re: "New Age Racists"?

Racism consists of three beliefs:
- that humanity is divisible into different "races" of people,
  distinguished by heredity;
- that some of these races are superior to others;
- that this justifies members of the superior races dominating the
  members of the inferior races.

 These beliefs can be subconscious or conscious. Most inhabitants of the
US agree with the first point; most consciously disagree with the second,
but behave as if they agreed with it, suggesting they subconsciously agree
with it; fewer believe the third, but it is certainly not an uncommon

These beliefs are the foundation of conservatism; indeed, conservatism
divides humanity far more finely than mere racism, asserting even that
different families of people in the same clan are hereditarily superior
and inferior to one another. I was rather shocked to read John Boyer
suggesting that some or most conservatives weren't racist; if racism is
fallacious, conservatism is fundamentally nonsensical. (I suppose you
can tell what I think about this.)

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