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Can racism truly be eliminated?

In Australia we live in one of the most multicultural nations, however every once in a while there are those people who publicly and abusively insult people from other races. I know there will always be those ignorant individuals or people who are scarred from people of other races (e.g wars, personal events or negative child rearing ), but can we truly eliminate racism in our world?

Possibly include jokes or stereotyping into this debate, are light jokes about other races or stereotyping racist?

Also take into consideration the media in movies or simply news. Are they doing a good enough job to tackle racism?

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      Jul 23 2013: Maybe we can all get together and form a digital seance to see if we could summon up and then sense the presence of Matthew Li's electronic ghost. "Are you here, Matthew? Can you hear us? If so, do something. Tap the space bar."
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          Jul 23 2013: I'm the one that'll be jumping down that rabbit hole of a conversation about conversations about conversations about conversations in a few hours, because I'm all typed out and tired now. The intent, I will tell you, varies. I believe that, because it varies within me and although that doesn't mean the intent varies amongst others, I do have an good understanding of how and why the intent varies within me.
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      Jul 23 2013: So...I did just realize he probably only started this conversation ten hours ago. He's probably sleeping or at work. What time is it in Melbourne? And to think, I was just about to nominate you to take over the conversation, because I thought he hadn't been around in days. But don't tell edward long or Barry Palmer I said that.
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      Jul 23 2013: Thanks kate and sorry to Daniel, I didn't know TED suddenly became Facebook where we had to reply to everyone's comment immediately. And good guess Kate I had morning training and then school and then after school training and then eating and etc...... (you know the classic teenager schedule)

      Yeah, so getting back on topic, this is an complicated issue. I personally would say racism will not be eliminated, but thats taking to account all the stereotyping and minor jokes about other races.

      I love that message about standing up against it, but if you lived in Australia, you would have seen all the news of people standing up against the public racism, but another racist incident just keeps popping up. Do we have to be persistent and stand up against it till there's no more? How long would that take, I guess this is when media has a good impact and spread the message that this is not ok
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          Jul 23 2013: i guess its the small things that make the difference
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          Jul 23 2013: For the record, I don't use Facebook. I want that clear to everyone; I'm just new to TED and it still easily overexcites me. Technical disclaimer: I do have a Facebook account set up for when I come across a musician that offers a free song if you like some part of their website. I be bribed by a song, it's true.

          And in a conversation about racism are we really showing prejudiced against social media sites?

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