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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 29 2013: Depends. Stereotypes will never be eliminated, and there is such as thing as "Unconscious Stereotyping". Where even if you are consciously not racist, you can be unconsciously racist in your decisions. Also the theory of "Cognitive Dissonance" shows that it is very hard to get rid of people's prejudices. A funny experiment is "Why don't you eat Snails?". Most people can't come up with a logically valid reason as to why they won't. They just find reasons to serve their Intuition. This is the same effect which happen with Racism.
    However Conscious Racism I think can probably be got rid of, via increasing empathy or changing the image of certain groups.
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      Jul 29 2013: If Love thy brother as thyself ever comes to fully exist in this world then yes we will not be racist.
      • Jul 29 2013: Well said, Helen. When we learn to put into practice what Jesus taught then racism would be eliminated.

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