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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 26 2013: Mr. Li,
    I have visited your country and found your diversity as exciting as we have in the US...
    I am sorry to say that in my evaluation of this question, the answer is NO.
    It is probably true there as here and lets not considered the ignorance, or other irrational outbursts for racism... There is too much money to be made in promoting it. Again here, you have to see what happens there.
    We have people who go from city to city with good speaker's fees talking about racism in America. People write best selling books touting the racialism in America. Journalist insure racism by using appropriate phasing in news articles to inflame racism and improve their bylines. Even if incidents are only vaguely implied that race was a factor, you can wager any amount and know that race will be placed to the forefront.
    Yes sir, a lot of money to be made selling racism and it doesn't even mean you have to be a minority to sell racism... majority members even do well lamenting racism. It's not racism... it's money...
    • Jul 27 2013: Man, I agree with you. And I wonder, when we are going to free ourselves from being slaves of the money. Every single issue in the world like this one, has something to do with money. money is important to make a organized world, but when we become slaves, everything messes up.
    • Jul 29 2013: I don't think racism is solely driven by money but it's certainly a factor especially in the workforce. If you plot to prohibit one from gaining employment or manipulate the process you can surely damage a person's ability to be independent. This is what is done all across America. There are ways around Civil Rights laws and once the racist find them they act and move persistantly and collectively. I believe this has a profound effect on the high unemployment numbers for people of color. We should keep the discussion going in hopes of finding a solution.
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        Jul 29 2013: There are some people with such low self esteem that they can only be comforted by thinking they are better then someone else...

        However, Business want capable employees with skills that can be used to make them a profit. Most business people I know are not interested in race creed or national origin... all they want are responsible employees that will do the work and make them a profit so the business can among other things make payroll. Civil rights laws did clarify legal standards, but in hindsight I am beginning to believe it caused more [problems then it was designed to resolve.... The degradation of the American Black Community seemed to have started about the same time... I don't know why it is just a correlation I find disturbing..

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