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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: Are you talking about "true elimination" from the world or Australia in particular ?
    If your question is about the world then don't see it's "True Elimination" in next 100 years even.
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      Jul 23 2013: He's giving Australia as an example, because he's from Melbourne and he's probably at work right now.

      And, dude, a 100 years would be awesome! In America it took nearly a 100 years after we declared all me were created equal to free the slaves, and another hundred years after that end segregation and enact civil rights. Getting rid of all the rest of the racial prejudice in our country (which just had a 100-city protest relating to racism) would be unbelievable. I could tell my children, if I had any, that when they have children, their children's children will live in a time where they won't be racially discriminated against.
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        Jul 23 2013: I just wanted to be a bit optimistic my friend that's why talked about 100 years :)
        Moreover with your US example think about the technological development , speed of communication at that time when it was declared in US .....we definitely achieved lot of progress in technology & communication ....so that should drive changes at much more faster rate ....ha ha I am just trying to defend my 100 years ....

        Well the main challenge is eliminating from Psyche....we can have laws and many countries have such laws including Australia against racism....what law and it's implementation does in this respect is, it just can reduce the visibility but it's there, deep rooted in psyche which though not visible due to the law the victim can feel it....
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          Jul 23 2013: Thanks for your comments Salim, as Daniel said i was talking about the world and using Australia as an example.

          With your idea about technology and the speed of it, I don't think that adds to the cause of eliminating racism. I think if anything that might adds to the fire because going on your Psyche theory, racism could spread even faster like a virus. In this case not the aggressive racism but the light jokes and stereotyping.
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          Jul 23 2013: No, I think Salim is onto something. "progress in technology & communication....so that should drive changes at much more faster rate" like through exposure to other races/cultures and the development of global, interdependent identities.

          The comment he made about law reminded me, however, about how societies might not seem racist on the surface with the placement of laws, social mores, and political correctness, but underneath on a person-to-person basis, there is still a lot of it going on. In other words, racists are less aggressive, but more passive (adapting to the shift in legal and social pressures to at least appear unprejudiced.)
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        Jul 23 2013: Hi Matthew
        I don't disagree that technology can be abused and it has been being abused since long, but it can be also used for good reason.

        One advantage this information technology is offering that its not easier now a days to keep people limited with in boundaries like religious belief , cultural norm or country practice claiming that to be the best or only truth. Now with a click away anyone can check the validity of such claims it one wants to , earlier such validation was not that easy ....

        What are your thoughts about it ?
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          Jul 23 2013: Ha, technically you just replied to my comment not Matthew's. I dig what you're saying, though. Information technology and subsequent practices of validating, means more facts, less opinions. As the Dude said in 'The Big Lebowski': "Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."
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        Jul 24 2013: Hi Daniel
        Sorry for hijacking your "REPLY" button as Matthew didn't have one in this chain of conversation :(. Have a good day.

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