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Lillian Bogonko

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Will whites ever see blacks as superior or any aspect of blacks being superior to them

Having lived in the US for a couple of years, i learnt very interesting facts that still bother me, and a conversation on this will shed some light. From my understanding, research and the attitude of many white people is that they are superior to all races but especially black. It`s almost saying the smartest black person can`t compare to the most stupid white. Am not racist, i just want to understand if this is a misconception or if these superiority thoughts do indeed exist.

I ask this because i believe racism is still rampant especially in the US that has camouflaged itself with being liberal. I`d like to read on people`s experiences and what they think about the topic . far fetched or it`s just the way the world works?

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    Aug 11 2012: Reading through the comments I felt as though I didn't have much to add! Everything seems to have been addressed pretty intelligently. But, I can't help myself :)

    My main concern is over the phrasing of the question, which was what brought me here in the first place.

    I felt as though the question presupposes that POC view Whites or aspects of whites as superior....and that it is not returned. Although I don't think you meant to suggest that, it was how it read to me.

    No race is superior and no one should WANT to be seen as superior just because of their race...Instead we should hope that people are viewed as successful and worthy of admiration- for individual achievements, which are not based on superiority/inferiority.

    Judging the successes or problems of a whole race and attributing the reasons to color is a false conclusion. And amounts to poor thinking and a mix of ignorance/racism.

    However, generalizing and making assessments based on a group, and their performance, does occur. We just have to be careful and avoid making grand sweeping generalizations and judgments about groups.

    Making statements like: "White people can't dance" or "Blacks are just better at this or that sport" etc. can come from some experience/observation, but to make such statements suggest our race has something to do with it.....which is plainly absurd. Now statements like: "10% of Blacks are more blah blah" derived from surveying and statistics can serve some purpose and holds a bit more currency.

    Still, there are a host of factors at play that would need to be taken into account to even make a general statement about a group of people, based on any characteristic. Anyway, I'm now rambling...just wanted to say that placing judgment on a group is risky and will never hold any real truth since everyone is different and the same due to many reasons.

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