Is racial bias the same as racism?

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  1. Oh, this is a hard one to comment on, because it's such a sensitive issue and I don't want to be misunderstood…

    All the Obama "racism" stuff is driving me nuts. By labeling anyone who disagrees with his policies a racist, we are making him into a BLACK man. Can't he just be a man, a president who not everyone agrees with?

    I'm white and my husband is Asian. Our daughter and soon-to-be-son are of mixed races, and I hardly ever think about it. I have had run-ins with a couple of idiots in the past, but I think most people hardly notice. (We live in a pretty diverse suburban area.)

    I think you're right – we should focus on REAL issues of racism.

  2. Greg says:

    I always try to explain the difference between racism and prejudice. Racism stems from the belief that one race is genetically superior than another. Very few people believe that anymore. Prejudice, discrimination, racial bias, and stereotyping are more correct terms for what most people mean when they speak of racism.

  3. Alison says:

    I'm prejudiced against commies- no matter what they look like- who won't just go live in a communist country and leave the rest of us alone who like our constitution the way it is. Then we'll have room for people who desire freedom, to leave communism behind and come make something for themselves and their children here.

    No, we're not perfect- we never WILL be. But we're evolving, as painfully slow as it might be. (Damn, I have enough trouble trying to behave like a christian ought every minute of every day!)

    I am so mad at ALL of the politicians in our nations capitol. I don't care what color they are or what party they belong to. I WILL NOT vote for any incumbent this next election. 'Nuff said.

    I reserve the right to change my opinion(s) as I evolve, please God.

    Now, how is your knee? What'd you have done? I had mine replaced about a year ago. Yee haw, it's fantastic! Bite the bullet and do your therapy. In 4-6 weeks you'll feel SO MUCH better. Oh and chow down on lots of protein. It helps the body repair itself.

    Luv ya,


  4. Alison says:

    (I should have Sarah's little chiclet face and she should have mine. My comment wasn't as gentle as hers.)

    And it should have been nation's capitol.

    Oh well…

  5. Charles says:

    I promise to respond to all of your comments. But right now, I'm laid up and full of Narco. This is the most complex thought I've been able to put together in more than 24 hours.

  6. Charles says:

    @SarahHub – I totally agree. People have always disagreed with Presidents, and done it emotionally. When we focus on these issues, we turn Obama from "the President" to "the black President".

    @Greg – Spot on. Though in most cases I wouldn't place "bias" in the same category as "prejudice" or "stereotyping".

    @Alison – Our Constitution makes room for commies who want to be heard, and it gives people the right to vote for them. But it also gives the opponents of the party in power the right to speak up as well.

    There's a place for people who think the country is going in a bad direction to make their point – socialist or otherwise. But we should all give each other the respect of focusing on the ideas presented, and not accuse people of hatred just because they disagree.

  7. Alison says:

    I know all that and consider me duly chastised. But you asked and I came clean!

  8. SLKeeth says:

    I just read Toni Morrison's literary monograph "Playing in the Dark" and I think you'd really enjoy it. She calls for open conversation about race in literary criticism, rather than confining it to "African American studies." You can borrow it if you wanna.

  9. Charles says:

    I think I'd be interested in that. I think the "African American Fiction" section is the saddest thing I've seen at Borders. Well, that and the fact that the Manga section is 4x the size of the American comics section.

    But it would be nice if "good black writers" could just be "good writers". Too much to hope for? I hope not.

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