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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: It seems to be part of "being human" that we look for someone, anybody, that we can claim to be inferior. This tendency seems to have developed in social evolution, in that we tend to group in such a way as to always have a minority we can look down upon, or blame for all the short comings of our society. So long as we feel this need, either personally or societally, some form of superiority, be it racism, intellectualism, classism, or most any ism, will always out. Although there are some that see racism, or would like to see it, as an American affliction, all you need do to get past this silly contention is look at Africa to see nonwhite involved genocides, racism and other stupidities occurring everyday. For the time being, there is racism and it will continue until there is some real inclusionism, a belief that it is better for me to see others as at least equal to me in value in my society and life. Until then, the dog will get kicked.

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