OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Sunday, March 2

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QUESTION: In your opinion, why does racism exist?

This of course is applicable not only to UW, but I am interested as I believe most if not all UW students have experienced some form of racism at some point during post-secondary education.

19 comments

  1. Because we were all born selfish.

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  2. to enslave people, refer back to 'real' history... implementation of racial ideology (aka apartheid) was necessary to further divide class so that common people can be moved and manipulated according to wishes of a few

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  3. Iteration of hate. Why does any hate exist?

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  4. I think racism occurs because people like patterns. Our minds work better and more efficiently if we can group things together, therefore we come up with stereotypes based on appearance or where someone is from. Haven't you met someone new and just assumed they are a certain way and then realized you were completely wrong? Well racism is just when you're too stubborn or ignorant to break out of your assumptions.

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    1. We are engineered to categorize people with similar pattern, yes. That's where stereotype comes from. But I think racism rises on to the surface when we put negative images, thoughts, and discriminate people according to categories we have created in our minds. I haven't felt any racism against me, or maybe it's because I am very oblivious.

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  5. I think that racism comes from a conceited place. People are always looking for differences between them & the people around them so that when another human being fucks up, they can say "oh it's because they're that colour, or that gender, or that sexuality" instead of acknowledging that it was a mistake that could happen to them too (especially if they had grown up with all of the same life experiences of that other person). I think that racists are at odds with their own humanity.

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    1. This is an interesting response.

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  6. Because capitalism.

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  7. From the same herd instinct that causes people to come together. Ironic, isn't it?

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  8. Caucasians are ignored in a lot of ways. Every other group has several social groups associated with it but everyone assumes that caucasians are lumped together and "racist" by nature, which in turn creates racism against people of caucasian descent.

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    1. I'm white and have always been out of place because only "brown" people are allowed to play soccer or be invited to a potluck/lunch. It sucks...and everyone assumes you're the racist. :/

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    2. I think you're both trivializing racism. Other races have social groups because talking to people in a similar situation who know what you're going through helps to ease the pent-up frustrations that come from dealing with not just blatant racism but internalized and institutionalized racism. It's a space for people to talk about how their lives are seriously affected by racism, not about how peeved it makes you when you don't get a potluck invite.
      White people currently have no need for such social groups because our Western society is tailored to them. White people decide what laws to make, what goes on tv, where the funding goes... They hold the power, and racism can't exist without power. When you say you weren't invited to a potluck because you're white, that's not really racism (and it wouldn't be if you were black either). That's someone being rude to you because of your race, and yes there is a difference. To constitute racism the person must hold some sort of power over you. For example, if this was a school project for hospitality class and your TEACHER said you couldn't participate in the potluck because you're white, that would be racist because they hold a position of power over you and are using it to affect your marks based on your race. But your friend has no such power over you. The most they can do is tell you you can't go to their house, which is theirs anyway.

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    3. tldr. White ppl are a minority and get discriminated against more than most other races in the modern world (especially because it is ignored). Live with it or move to France where they'll stand up for you.

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    4. @8b, racial discrimination is racism, it doesn't matter if the person has power over you or not. If a difference of race affects your decision in dealing with people it is racism. "Being rude because of your race"... BECAUSE OF YOUR RACE.. that is racism! I can't believe you don't know this.

      Racism doesn't always have to be illegal (for example, its illegal for your teacher to deny you marks because of your race), racism is just an attitude that some people have. It's not illegal to be racist, its just wrong.

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  9. Pretty much what 4 said. The nature of our minds is to group, analyze and judge based on past experiences. Though we have to power to control our own evolution and go onto the next stage of human existence... where we finally realize we are not our minds. Mind just spews out past information to protect itself from future situations... and we are capable of observing this phenomenon.

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  10. It's a corollary to the "us vs. them" principle: to band together as a group, there must be an alien other that gives motivation to unite.

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  11. Racism occurs because we are socially constructed to think, act, and feel a certain way by ideology which is reinforced by the discourse we use as well as our history. It is so embedded in our society and just perpetuated by the fact that our words have created a "we" versus "them" ideology where one group is considered more superior than the other. The very words "visible minority" give a sense of inferiority where one group is less important than the "dominant".

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  12. Racism exists because people are racist. /thread.

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  13. -lack willingness or ability to try and understand other cultures
    -fear of the unknown
    -If we're worried that someone will dislike us based on our race, we protect ourselves by choosing to dislike them first, or by segregating ourselves. (It's similar to why people break up with their significant others first, if they realize that their partner wants to break up with them.)
    -education systems make us believe everyone should conform to a certain way of being
    -being exposed to foreign cultures late in life, and you already have stigmas against them

    This is just my opinion.

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