> I've always thought so. Recently, I'm not so sure I understand racism that well.
> I watched this video when it came out and several times since. I shared it with @Karaiya
> asking what he thought about it. That Guy T argues racism is a part of social Darwinism,
> or a "utility." Something we can never get rid of because in-group preferences are
> a part of human nature.
> "Prejudice doesn't have to come from a place of hate or antagonism."
> I'm hoping some of you could shed more light on it. Is he off-base or simply describing
> an unavoidable reality? Are racial preferences something we should strive to scrub
> from society or just a part of life? I think you'll find it interesting regardless.
Nines I am so sorry!!!! I meant to respond to you. Please forgive me. I hope I did not offend my intentions weren't to ignore you.
I watched the video a couple of times. I thought his comments were worth considering however, I disagree. I took for granted that you were strongly reflecting on this and I let you down by not giving you my thoughts. Again, so sorry.
Considering the things he had to say, I do personally find them to be off-base, thay doesnt necessarily mean that he doesnt make good points. The practice of racism is a utility. The way he described was as how people use it as a way to call others racist. White folks specifically. Or how the media may weaponize it. However, racism in itself is utilized to oppress, and has been weaponized through propoganda to harm and or worse. It has history of that. Racism is rarely based in facts buts preconceptions based on education, experience, and exposure.
Is it inherently evil?? Well, my belief is no, but it is NO WAY benevolent or benign and is typically a product of prejudice or ignorance. Racism is a utility and something we are all a product of. American society has a very different experience based how close slavery is relative to European cultures or African cultures.
I think I remember him discussuing genetics at some point but it could have been some one else. Genetics, while creating probable predictions based on inherited traits are affected by institutions of racism, through colonialism, and through imperialism. One of the first things we did as humam beings when we conquered was kill bloodlines and end genetic traits. For example through slavery slave owners would keep slaves minds weak and their bodies strong. Through conquering civilizations we would often kill the most intelligent people, politicians teachers. Its kind of a process of natural selection right.
Just like the phrase "war does not decide who is right, only who is left" genetics doesn't decide who is superior only what conditions ensured their survival. Historically, the side with the better tools right? However, many different civilzations have been technologically more advanced. African countries, Asian Countries, being this before western Europeans.
I believe we've used racism, race eugenics, and supremacy in a way that justifies our evil doing but racism in itself are not inherently evil. Racism is a choice and is learned behavior.