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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: Of course it can. Babies are not born racially prejudiced, they must learn it. Watch some toddlers playing together, none of them actually "see" say skin colour in the racist way at all, again they must be taught this by their parents. They trust their parents and want to be like them, and so racism is perpetuated. This is also true of ethic hatred. One thing, for example, I've noticed here in the UK is that whether you are black or white, no one cares as long as you are British. Its very different when a group of people artificially separate themselves from the society surrounding them, this builds mistrust.
    • Jul 29 2013: Frank, You're right. Racism is taught. People are not born racist or prejudice. It is learned from family, friends, co-workers, the media, movies, and society.

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