Which is more common, racism or sexism? What can be done to get rid of it?

United States
May 21, 2008 11:39pm CST
What is more rampant in the United States... Sexism or Racism? And what can we do to reduce both of these problems?
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
23 May 08
I honestly believe that both are still very alive in this day and age,just like there will always be people who are racist and there will always be people who are sexiest,and I think neither one is worse than the other,and I think the only real way to reduce these problems is to punish people like you would if they had broken the law.
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• United States
23 May 08
Wondering how you would punish people for being racist or sexist? And wondering: Hhow you would reduce the tendency for people to think in these ways?
• United States
24 May 08
I dont know how I would punish them,maybe by making them wear a sign that states that they are racist or sexist,or something like that or make the wear a arm band that shocks them every time they have a racist or sexist thought,so that way they would evetually lose any interest of thinking those thoughts.
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• United States
25 May 08
I think I have heard of those bumper stickers before, and they do sound like a good way to embarrass someone, I know it would require a lot of money,and I bet there is technology like that,and I know its kind of sad that stuff like that is so pricey,and I bet it would be hard to tell without technology like that,and thanks for saying it is a novel idea,and I bet someone,somewhere has tried that or something similar and maybe in the future something that would succeed in getting rid of sexist and racist thoughts,and you are very welcome I was glad to share my idea with you,and I hope you have a good day,and a lot of luck on everything you do on mylot.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
23 May 08
not sure which is worse but I would say sexism its every where ya go or work
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• United States
24 May 08
Unfortunately, I think that you are right... I forget about it most of the time but then I hear people talking about Ms. Clinton and I cringe at it. Some men can be real pigs sometimes. I am glad that I know ones who are kind and good to women.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
24 May 08
yup me too alas they have all passed away
@sisterjinx (1136)
• United States
22 May 08
Personally I think that both are still too common today. I guess I think racism is still the most common. It's sad that either of these still exists today but it's still in how people are raised. I met a friend online who was raised by a member of a racist group. The things she was brought up believing were appalling to me. To her it was how the world was. I don't know how we are going to change things. I think it will just take time. As more people stop raising their children with such sexist and/or racist views. As society simply stops accepting people who think in such ways. It has changed a lot over the years and it is still changing today. I wish it would change faster but I guess some things just take time.
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• United States
23 May 08
Thanks for sharing your comments on this issue... I am in agreement with your hope taht people will start raising their children without racism or sexism... It is good to see the positive changes that happened in the past. And like you I hope for a better future for all of us. Thanks again.
@sk66rc (4265)
• United States
28 May 08
I'm not sure what's more rampant in this country? Let me go ask a black woman living down the street from me, though if I had to guess, she'll say both... It's very unfortunate that both still exist in today's society... And believe it or not, not sure if this qualify as racism but, I think a lot of people have some degree of stereotype in everyday thinking process & don't even know it... This happened to me at my work the other day... Department manager was trying to help this Chinese guy & she couldn't understand word he was trying to say... Finally I guess he got frustrated too & kept telling her, "Speak Chinese? Anybody Chinese?"... I guess he was trying to ask her if there's anyone at the store who spoke Chinese... Now, on numerous occasions on many different topics I have told her I was born & raised in Korea & I'm full blooded Korean... She runs to me & says, "Hey, there's an Asian guy, didn't even refer to him as Chinese even though he kept saying "Chinese" over & over again, Could you go & see if you can help him?" I walked over thinking may be he was Korean & I could talk to him, or her, in Korean... I walked over to the customer & the first words out of his mouth was, "Speak Chinese?" I told him "No, Korean" He got this puzzled look on his face & after few seconds finally says to me, "why she send you?" Later, I went to her & asked her, "Did you know he was Chinese?" Her answer was, "yeah... He kept asking for somebody who spoke Chinese..." I said, "Ok... Why did you ask me to help him? You know I don't speak Chinese, right?" She goes, "I thought maybe you could understand him... Or he could understand you, I don't know... Well, anyway..." I don't think she quite knew what she was trying to say... I really could've made something out of this & raised hell or at least got her in to some sort of trouble but I just decided to let it go... I just didn't wanna be bothered with her ignorance...
• United States
28 May 08
It is kind of funny... When someone hears that you know one language other than English well, they think you to be so intelligent that you will know how to speak more than that one language automatically. So you speak Korean, just maybe you will speak Chinese too... Sounds like that woman was a bit desperite... It was wishful thinking on her part, like clutching at anything and anybody as she knew that she was ill equipt to deal with the situation. If there had been no other person who spoke anything except English she would have tried just raising her voice or speaking real slow and hoping that the other person understood a fragment of what she said. Wondering if the place you work at has a language line that you all can call as some places do have them available. They provide an interpretor for those who must communicate with those who do not speak their language ... That service could have been used in this instance too.
@sk66rc (4265)
• United States
28 May 08
And you know it's funny you should mention that... I even find myself doing this... Ever try to talk to someone who doesn't speak English when you're trying to explain something to them or even just to hold a conversation? Why do we start saying the same word over & over again except louder & slower? If the guy doesn't speak English, does talking in English in a louder voice or slower tone would all of sudden magically make that guy understand English? Like I said, I even find myself doing it sometimes & I have to stop myself & often laugh at myself at that very thought...
• United States
29 May 08
I just think that we try what we have tried because that is all we know how to do. We hope that perhaps this time it will work... So we speak louder and slower hoping that this time... and are frustrated when it doesn't work or grab at the first person who we think might handle the situation better than we can... Congratulations... You were it!!! grins.
@leklyn (1)
• United States
29 May 08
sexism. i am not saying that racism does not exist however i believe that sexism is more prominant. the corporate world is still the 'old boys' club but they will let a guy in easier than a woman. look at tiger woods the golf course that he plays at in the masters still does not allow a female to join.
• United States
29 May 08
Sexism seems like a big deal in that women also still get paid a lot less then men do for the same job. That glass ceiling has been broken a bit but parts of it still remain.
@skaterx (530)
• Finland
27 May 08
I think racism is more prevalent. When you look different, or are different-colored, you can feel it almost everywhere you go. I think sexism is an issue too but not in all areas. I think racial discrimination happens a lot more often, because people can discriminate by looking at your name, if it sounds foreign, or just looking at you and then applying some prejudices, and its not just happening in small towns, it could basically happen anywhere. I think people have to get over racism and sexism by realizing that these ideas are antiquated and they really need to get over old-fashioned and wrong assumptions.
• United States
29 May 08
It seems like these isms are still around... I wish that they were gone. I agree that people have to get over them... Thanks for posting.
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
24 May 08
I think that sexism occurs more often. But, racism has more damaging effects. I think that we are making progress on both issues. Look at the presidential race. Time is going to change everything. As this country becomes more diversified and women make strides in all areas of life, people are just not going to be able to get anywhere with their racist/sexist views.
• United States
25 May 08
I think that you are right... The presidential race is a clear indication of it. I do hope that time will change everything. I hope that day comes soon.
• Philippines
24 May 08
I think as long as we are vain, that we think we are better than anyone else, that we are god-chosen while the others aren't, as long as we like to receive than to give then racism and sexism will always be in our midst.
• United States
24 May 08
Thanks for your comments... I appreciate them... I would also add... as long as there is fear at people being different, as long as there is ignorance about the other, as long as there is a focus placed on the other as being somehow against us or to blame for our difficulties, as long as there is a forgetting of the truth that all peoples are equally sacred, are equally filled with the energy of life and equally expressions of the creator, as long as people feel entitled to privledge at the expense of others.... We will have both sexism and racism.