Pants-of-dog wrote:I also think it might be good for you to try to do so accurately.
For example, what do you mean that it is a litmus test for progressives (if that is what you mean by “liberals”)?
You subsequently had confirmed that it sort of is a litmus test. You do not want to be friends with or work with people who you think are racists, right? You'd also certainly never dream of voting for such a person. It colors your entire perspective of people, and you want everyone you know to be operating on this wavelength with you.
That's what I mean by it.
But yeah, sure, point out anything that you feel was inaccurate.
Okay, what are the motives for racism?
My ideological goals are to destroy capitalism, return all land to the colonised, and get rid of all hierarchical power structures.
Getting rid of racism helps unite the working class, is a fundamental part of decolonialism, and gets rid of a hierarchical power structure that was created as a way of maintaining and rationalising imperialism.
I highly doubt Washington and the rest of them care about any of that. They may want to to be seen as fighting racism for their own reasons, but that has nothing to do with the motives of me, or with the motives of people of colour.
More importantly, what should I understand about the motives of racist people that is so important?
(1) Some racism would be skin deep and superficial hatred of others based off of just not fully understanding them or their perspective, or a general fear of them. Some of this would really be what you guys say about it.
But the bulk of racism (and even elements of this) go deeper. For instance, it is completely rational to dislike the people you are competing with for scarce resources that your prosperity and even your life depend on. It is not unhealthy to dislike the man you have to chase off of your hunting grounds; it is not irrational to hate the man who you believe is stealing your cattle, and to thereby also despise the tribe he comes from -- for they are cattle thieves.
Some racism is based off of pattern recognition, some off of science, some off of historical rivalries... I don't know, it goes on.
There's also a massive difference between hating somebody and believing them less of a good choice of neighbors or a less good candidate for immigration.
The latter describes a whole lot of people you would just dismiss as racist, but I wouldn't call them that.
Too big of a question, really.
(2) Yeah, your end goals are patently unrealistic, while that of Hollywood & Washington & London are more about diminishing competing power structures and furthering their own interests in addition to destroying moral objections to what they are selling.
But... what you advocate is basically the same on the social front.
April 25th, 2013