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Reply to "Are You a Racist?"

Prejudice is, as the name implies, the process of "pre-judging" something. It implies coming to a judgment on a subject before learning where the preponderance of evidence actually lies, or forming a judgment without direct experience.

Racism refers to beliefs, practices, and institutions that discriminate against people based on their perceived or ascribed "race". Primarily, it refers to an assumption that the human species can meaningfully be divided into races, together with hostility to people of certain races or a belief, conscious or unconscious, that people of different races differ in value. Some people whose thinking about others uses racial categories believe that different races can be placed on a ranked, hierarchical scale.

I understand the economic aspect she is getting at. I read articles by black people that view racism from this perspective. The economic aspect is just a tool of the racist.

But by definition – prejudice is prejudice and racism is racism.

To PRE judge means that you have no knowledge or experience with what or who is being judged. This can't apply to modern day America. The "melting pot" has been bubbling and bowling for awhile now. We've been integrated for awhile now. And though you can still find those that have a limited experience and view of others, and therefore have made POOR judgments, it doesn't explain or minimize modern day racism.

But once you do have "direct experience ", how do we explain the continued prejudice? It is racism, classism, and sexism.

So if a white person still believes that blacks are less intelligent, are they racist or prejudice? If they have been living under a rock or in a cave...it's prejudice other wise it's racism.

Dr. Phil had this as part of his race issue yesterday. He had a older white man who was prejudice (he had limited or no experience with blacks AND had been taught to dislike them when growing up). He was sent to visit the comedian George Wallace's family. He went to church, had dinner, and interacted with black people in a meaningful way for what seem to be the first time in his life. It gave him a new outlook.

IF he continues to hold his prejudice THEN he is a racist.
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