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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 23 2013: WORTH WATCHING
    Here's what the most important Americans say about it today:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VifdBFp5pnw
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      Jul 24 2013: I am wondering why you don't have at least 100 thumbs up by now Juliette.

      The best line from the video....."If you are a racist, just DROP IT!!"

      We humans belong to one race, the human race. :)

      Thank you for sharing this lovely video.
      I will pass it on to others.

      Mary
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        Jul 24 2013: The old world is over. Its a new Earth now.
        This is the era of wholeness in human history.
        http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude.html
        We are at the dawn.
        Have a good day:)
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          Jul 24 2013: I'm afraid the old world is still here Juliette.

          There are many enlightened humans, but this old world has not changed.

          Perhaps it will soon............the question is, will we live to see it?

          Schwartzberg's talk is one of my favorites.
          I have seen it many times.
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      Jul 25 2013: It seems, children are taught racism. They don't have this concept on their own.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHKzn8aHyXg

      With this in mind, don't you think that the very video that you quoted, despite its seemingly anti-racist intent, introduces children to racism? The children did not see anything wrong with the commercial. Period. Why even ask them the question: "Hey, do you know that there are people who are angry at interracial marriages?" Why plant the idea in their innocent minds that this is even a possibility? The more we repeat that there is an issue, the more we seem to perpetuate the issue.
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        Jul 26 2013: Mandy Patinkin - what a beautiful tenor voice - what an amazing song!! Because of him, I always remember “ the Cliffs of Insanity “and the “ RUSes “ (in the same movie: Princess Bride)..like which, racism is a “Rodent of Unusual Size”.

        It is true “ Children are taught racism. They don't have this concept on their own.”

        Not knowing about the pitfalls (on the path to civilization) wont remove the pitfalls. History proves disconnection wasn't the cure. We produce doctors by teaching them everything we know about every disease, if they can’t recognize disease how could they cure it!
        -Similarly- not introducing the IDEA of disease (racism) into children’s minds would be supporting ignorance (opposite of education) and perpetuating ignorance.

        The cure comes from knowledge and education and freedom to become who we are.
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          Jul 26 2013: Juliette,
          Interesting... I did not realize that Mandy Patinkin played Inigo Montoya in "The Princess Birde". Inconceivable! I don't recall him sing in the movie. Now that I look through the cast, there is Billy Crystal as well playing the Miracle Max. "You rush the miracle man - you get rotten miracles" And the soundtrack is written by Mark Knopfler - also hard to recognize. This movie is full of surprises.
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      Jul 25 2013: Just a sidenote i love the FineBrothers, and yes their experiment with this was really cool to see. Good to see children dont have that prejudice.

      Thanks for sharing this Juliette, and thanks for the other guys that contributed to this discussion

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