Can racism really end elsewhere unless it ends in the most modern societies?

@tarachand (3895)
India
December 28, 2006 10:41am CST
Here are a few links - some of the most modern countries in the world, supposedly the most forward thinking countries still practise it, though officially speak another language. Here are a few links of the many that you will find on the internet: The US http://www.hrw.org/doc/?t=usa_race http://www.quixote.org/ej/moratorium_now/broch_race.html Canada: http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=4994 http://institute.metropolis.net/cours/005_introduction-e.pdf Here on myLot itself, there are many cases of people passing judgments on other people, races, countries, religions by posting inflamatory and often insulting discussions, based on individual prejudices or stories that in many cases are sensationalized only because either the person who made statemets wanted to grab media attention or the media that reported the matter had their own axe to grind. I'd like to hear your experinece and thoughts on this. No offense intended towards anybody or any nation whatsoever, please keep the rules of this forum in mind
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@Thomas73 (1467)
• Switzerland
4 Jan 07
Sadly, racism and xenophobia are ingrained traits of human nature that won't disappear soon. Whatever looks different is considered 'bad' and some people look down others because they feel superior. Understanding that we're all different, yet the same, would be a first step towards more open-mindedness, but it's up to parents to educate their children properly. When you see those brain-washed kids of Prussian Blue, raised by their parents to believe totally in white supremacy -- to take only this example that makes me particularly sick -- the future doesn't look too bright to me. If governements are going to do anything, they should use proper education of their people who, in turn, will educate their children appropriately in the respect of differences and the knowledge that whoever is different isn't necessarily better or worse.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
5 Jan 07
But will they? A lot of racism is ingrained in many parents, teachers too, as is a lot of bigotism. Do you really see for example a Mullah or a Catholic priest in India or the world teaching tolerance and acceptance? I have been educated in a convet school in India and I recall the Catholic students swarming together with the teachers (most of the teachers were Catholic) and in many cases making fun of the non-Catholic people (which formed almost 90% of the total student population). I know that I have digressed from the thread, but I meant to cover not only race, but bigotry as a whole. No offense intended towards the Catholic or any other faith, just citing my experiences which could be a lot different from those of others.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
4 Jan 07
If all the countries got together and agree to end racism overall, I think it could work.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
5 Jan 07
I think from the macro leve yes, the countries have to get together, but from the micro level, humans have to learn to accept and respect 'differences' that are present in others, be it race, religion, nationality, caste, creed....language, any difference. Thanks for your response.