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govols
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Date Posted:10/18/2018 9:21 PMCopy HTML

If Prejudice + Power = Racism, then solving for Prejudice, = Racism - Power? Racism - Prejudice = Power?

It started with a "Blacks can't be racist"/"Privilege + Power = Racism" conversation somewhere on some forum in the past year. I found out the redefinition of racism was from the 1970s, and is credited to Pat Bidol as the mint from whom that idea was coined. Since it's stated in math terms, one ought to be able to rearrange it and it still make sense. It clearly doesn't. That definition of racism is simplistic, at best. I think it's totally barking up the wrong tree, but if it's going to be the working definition for the left it really ought to be further fleshed out. 

If expressed as a function, maybe it would work better; it would still be wrong, but it might look rational. If you say "Racism is a function of Prejudice and Power," then you don't have to be able to "solve for _" but instead can just graph it..."measure" it. The problem here is that the theory suggests that POWER is a finite quantity in the relationship. I'm not clear whether the idea is that POWER is constant, or that it may fluctuate in total but that an instantaneous distribution may be knowable. It really is a convoluted definition, the "P + P = R" thing, whether one of the Ps is Prejudice or Privilege.

Anyway, just tossing out a topic.

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Re:P + P = R... Might as well toss it around.

Date Posted:10/22/2018 8:32 AMCopy HTML

I'm not sure 'rational thought' is a strong part of postmodern neomarxism and 3rd wave feminism.


Racism is pretty much gone from America except in the world view of college professors and journalists.

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Re:P + P = R... Might as well toss it around.

Date Posted:10/27/2018 6:57 AMCopy HTML

Royal Descents of famous people By Mark Humphrys. 1995 to date. All humanity is interrelated many times over (contrary to what an endless procession of racists and tribalists throughout history have claimed or implied). For any two humans in history or today, it is not a question of do they have a common ancestor, it is only a question of when was the most recent one. If we had full genealogical records for all of human history and pre-history, then any two living people on earth could identify their closest relationship to each other. Or indeed any two living organisms on earth, since DNA probably did not evolve twice. One could also pick any famous person, alive or dead, and show your closest relationship to them. For they are all related. See pre-historical estimates for Common ancestors of all humans. .... http://humphrysfamilytree.com/famous.descents.html You must be listening to a different drummer because all I hear is that we’re a racist nation. It’s not my experience, but Black Lives Matter stirred things and police officers died, so Blue Lives Matter started. Both faded, at least from our newspaper. If you say, All Lives Matter, you’re attacked for being a racist.
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Re:P + P = R... Might as well toss it around.

Date Posted:10/29/2018 12:13 AMCopy HTML

I wonder if it might be the case that racism gets worse the more you point it out. No matter the fact that we all share common ancestors, we're still a collection of tribes, however loosly associated. We've opened wounds among and between us, and the chants of or against racism pick at the scabs and cause further festering. 


Still, the modern notion that racism can only exist among those who enjoy power and privilege seems...incorrect. 

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Re:P + P = R... Might as well toss it around.

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The, "power", let's identify that correctly.  An actual racist has no real power except in the most petty of ways because individuals are weak and vulnerable.  It's only when government becomes involved that 'power' comes into play.


This brings us to the ironic state of affairs we have today wherein the majority in a country are descriminated against by law via 'affirmative action'.

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Thomas Sowell did extensive research and wrote about affirmative action on a global scale. He found that while the intention was good the results were poor. The worst part is that even though time limits were in the legislation, they were seldom imposed and the programs continued despite their failure. In America, Blacks are not as well off as they were before affirmative action. Their progress slowed and reversed their conditions. Of course, there are notable exceptions trotted out to perpetuate affirmative action. Riots, incarcerations, education, wages, housing, the blended knee....how are they better off?
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