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Matthew Li

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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 25 2013: Harvard has a test so you can see how prejudice you are. Race is probably the deepest..well second to gender I guess. I think prejudices go psychologically deeper in order of most obvious when at looking at another person naked.

    Well I'd have to flip disability and sexual preference there at the end of the line.

    https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/user/agg/blindspot/tablet.htm
    Here's the link for your eyes only

    I read a study where they found out the only way to switch prejudice mindsets is by spending time around people you are prejudice against. Petty tall order for a people who are "free" to do what they want.

    Not impossible-especially for a race of people who made it it to the moon and back and created life altering technologies which changed the natural course of existence. We'll have to turn a lot of that energy to create and solve internally in order to accomplish it tho.

    Well yeah..that's going to be close to impossible.
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      Jul 25 2013: Yes there are ways to reduce prejudice, as you said the only way to do it is to surround ourselves with people of that specific background or with just more multicultural people to see them as individuals instead of grouping them into a category.
      I think in psychological terms its inter-group contact and sustained contain, etc

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