Polar Bear: One thing I admire about openly racial folks is the mask is off. That’s how they honestly feel. The Godawful truth.
I agree with this. If you’re racist, for God’s sake, just admit it! There’s no shame in being a racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. person as long as you do not harm the people you dislike. Lots of people are bigots to one degree or another. It’s practically normal if you look at things worldwide.
Obviously it’s not optimal and I prefer for people to be as nonracist as they can bear to be, but that’s not always possible. I do think that racism is a sin. It’s bad behavior. But we are all bad to one degree or another. No one is innocent, dammit!
If you are racist, that’s a moral question between you and your pastor, God, or conscience. Take it up with God after you check out. Far be it for me to moralfag on people about their personal feelings and thoughts.
What I dislike a lot more is obviously racist people insisting that they are not racist. Come off it, man! If you’re racist, just admit! I mean it’s not the end of the world. Lots of people feel that way. So what! White racists are not friendly towards Blacks, but Blacks are even more racist against us than we are against them, so they shouldn’t talk.
Ok, you’re racist. Fine. No problem! However, then I would like to say:
“Hey, can we talk about this? You’re racist. Ok, fine. But why? Why do you feel that way? Do you really hate all of the people of this race? If so, why? Let’s explore this.”
We need to have conversations with racists, not scream at them or punch them. People just get their back up when you do that anyway. You catch a lot more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Now the idea that Blacks should talk to the people who don’t like them and pick their brains sends most Blacks into a fury:
I’m not going to beg people to not hate me!
Well, that’s just fine.
But they don’t all feel that way. Remember that video I posted a while back about the Black guy who goes out to meet White racists? He asks them,
Why…do you hate me?
Just like that. He had a personal meeting with a Klansman. He and the Klansmen are now best friends! See, it works? Where did screaming at the Klansmen get us? Nowhere. Dialogue is always the answer.
Racism is a conflict, right? Like a conflict between warring or quarreling parties. Ok, when you have conflicts between warring or quarreling parties, who do we often treat these matters? Negotiations. Diplomacy.
Most wars are ended in the conference room, not the battlefield. If you insist on defeating your enemy in the battlefield, the guerrilla war goes on forever. Nations that are angry at each other patch up their differences via diplomacy all the time. How often would that happen if they sat there and seethed and hated each other? Not very often.