Racism and prejudice, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is a learned response taught by elders, peers, or experience.
Very true statement. We older folks have a lot to consider in these perilous times don’t we.
Thanks. Indeed we do. Younger ones too!
Very true, Hardnox. All one of the “Boomer Generation” needs to do, is to remember the prejudices we were taught as toddlers~!
Thanks. True enough.
The problem with the latest meme of “racism” is that the more the issue is bashed over people’s heads the more people will recoil over it netting the exact opposite reaction.
As this continues, who will look at a black person, regardless of origin, and not wonder if they harbor a hatred towards you?
We were doing fine as a nation before these community organizers got a hold of the reins.
Many prejudices are learned from life’s experience.
Much of the racism we’re seeing today is fueled by older blacks. The folks rioting in Ferguson and Baltimore appear to be in 18-40 age group. What does that say about their parenting?
Good point. It is crystal clear who the real racists are.
Remember South Pacific – “they’ve got to carefully taught”
That quote is lost on me Gene. Please explain.
Sorry about that, chief
You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” Song from South Pacific Published 1949 Writer Oscar Hammerstein II Composer Richard Rodgers “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” (sometimes “You’ve Got to Be Taught” or “Carefully Taught”) is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. South Pacific received scrutiny for its commentary regarding relationships between different races and ethnic groups. In particular, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” was subject to widespread criticism, judged by some to be too controversial or downright inappropriate for the musical stage. Sung by the character Lieutenant Cable, the song is preceded by a line saying racism is “not born in you! It happens after you’re born…” Rodgers and Hammerstein risked the entire South Pacific venture in light of legislative challenges to its decency or supposed Communist agenda. While the show was on a tour of the Southern United States, lawmakers in Georgia introduced a bill outlawing entertainment containing “an underlying philosophy inspired by Moscow.” One legislator said that “a song justifying interracial marriage was implicitly a threat to the American way of life.” Rodgers and Hammerstein defended their work strongly. James Michener, upon whose stories South Pacific was based, recalled, “The authors replied stubbornly that this number represented why they had wanted to do this play, and that even if it meant the failure of the production, it was going to stay in.”
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