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What is Racism?

(This is my comment on a topic that got a little off-topic at Blogcritics)

Definition:

“The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.”

Eric, although we may be getting a little off topic I felt it important to comment on this. Technically, addressing the “prevailing points of view for a given people” may not necessarily be of malicious or racist intent, it nevertheless is riding a fine line that should be traversed with great care. Labeling a group of people with certain characteristics is dangerous. History has shown that a seemingly innocent belief about a certain people can quite easily cross the line and turn into hatred and racism. There are lots of whackos out there who would be quite happy to pick up the ball. I am no prude myself, but what I am saying is I agree with you to a point - but caution is the word.

I wish also to qualify this by adding that I have every confidence in you as well as the rest of my fellow blog critics that we are above such things. Furthermore, something that is said in humor or satire is obvious to most of us that it should not be taken seriously, but unfortunately some people do not share our sense of humor and we should be mindful of this in our writings.

And lastly, I wish to thank you all for welcoming me into the blog critics family. I am honored and hope that I can somehow make a small contribution to this talented ensemble.

Written October 20th, 2003 by | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips ,

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What is Racism?

(This is my comment on a topic that got a little off-topic at Blogcritics)

Definition:

“The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.”

Eric, although we may be getting a little off topic I felt it important to comment on this. Technically, addressing the “prevailing points of view for a given people” may not necessarily be of malicious or racist intent, it nevertheless is riding a fine line that should be traversed with great care. Labeling a group of people with certain characteristics is dangerous. History has shown that a seemingly innocent belief about a certain people can quite easily cross the line and turn into hatred and racism. There are lots of whackos out there who would be quite happy to pick up the ball. I am no prude myself, but what I am saying is I agree with you to a point - but caution is the word.

I wish also to qualify this by adding that I have every confidence in you as well as the rest of my fellow blog critics that we are above such things. Furthermore, something that is said in humor or satire is obvious to most of us that it should not be taken seriously, but unfortunately some people do not share our sense of humor and we should be mindful of this in our writings.

And lastly, I wish to thank you all for welcoming me into the blog critics family. I am honored and hope that I can somehow make a small contribution to this talented ensemble.

Written October 20th, 2003 by | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips ,

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