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Originally posted by DBibeau855 DBibeau855 wrote:

No it is not a learned trait, as humans we examine others through a lense of what we know, being ourselves, a three year old sees a black man and compares what he sees with his own image, comparing and contrasting, seeing differences and discrepencies, its completely natural, its when it turns into violence and discrimination that we have a serious problem.



Well that does have a bit of truth to it, however, I whould disagree that racism is a natural trait. I have yet to meet a small child that is racist, even ones that grow up in racist families, and after living in the south and being from Montana I know alot of racist families. But, I also know a few people that grew up in extremly racist homes that abhor racism.

So I believe that no, racism is not a natural trait, but many people are inteligent enough to see past there predjudice filled upbringing and decide for themselves that racism is stupid.
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Originally posted by karll karll wrote:


Is it a learned behavior?

Is that a yes or no question?  I guess it depends on how you define "racism".  There is clearly a social aspect, but there is significant evidence for a biological underpinning of a form of racism. 

Kin selection theory provides that we tend to favor people that are related to us, and the more related they are, the more favored they are.  That's tricky, because it isn't always easy to tell how closely related people are to you.  But it is a good rule of thumb that people that look way different from you tend to be less related to you than people that look a lot like you.

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Originally posted by karll karll wrote:


Is it a learned behavior?

I think a certain amount of being suspicious of those you see as different from you or outside your group is probably an evolutionary trait. Full blown ignorant racism is learned though, in my opinion...

Can you get rid of it?

Yes, easily. Really about all it takes is to either realize that judging an entire population based on simplistic stereotypes and myths is just illogical and stupid, or to spend time with some members of the group you don't like and realize that they aren't so bad or different as you had always though....Lifelong beliefs are hard to change, for some more than others, but they are changeable....

Do you think it's a problem in today's society?

Yeah, but at least it's not as institutionalized as it used to be....I think we're getting to the point where it wont be much of a problem in the future...'course, that all varies by location and localized culture...there are parts of the south that haven't changed much since the 1930s....

Are people from all races guilty of it?

Absolutely. And now that white people have developed a community guilt about it, I would almost venture to say that "minorities" are the worst offenders....

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No it is not a learned trait, as humans we examine others through a lense of what we know, being ourselves, a three year old sees a black man and compares what he sees with his own image, comparing and contrasting, seeing differences and discrepencies, its completely natural, its when it turns into violence and discrimination that we have a serious problem.

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I think it is gained mostly through experience. It is only encouraged by the people who you hang out with.
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Take a psychology class. You will go over this. Its a very interesting thing.
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Originally posted by Roll Tide Roll Tide wrote:

Is it a learned behavior?
Yes.

Can you get rid of it?
Yes.

Do you think it's a problem in today's society?
Yes.

Are people from all races guilty of it?
Yes.
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Is it a learned behavior?
Yes, if you are raised in an environment where it is either condoned or used frequently.

Can you get rid of it?
I'd assume so, however most likely only though experience.

Do you think it's a problem in today's society?
I think it's an issue, however I am not quite sure to what extent.

Are people from all races guilty of it?
Definitely.

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I don't think it is a completely learned behavior, there are some natural prejudices against things that are new or different. But I think that the extreme hatred we know as racism is learned.
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Care to elaborate on that any? 
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Is it a learned behavior?
Yes.

Can you get rid of it?
Yes.

Do you think it's a problem in today's society?
Yes.

Are people from all races guilty of it?
Yes.
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So I've been pondering this lately, and since I can't make up my own mind, I figured I would let you all do it for me.

Is it a learned behavior? Can you get rid of it? Do you think it's a problem in today's society? Are people from all races guilty of it?

Kind of a broad subject I know. Just curious as to what you all think.

Let's keep this civil. If it should take off, I'd hate to see it get into a bickering match between opposing sides like every other semi-serious thread.


Edited by karll - 12 June 2007 at 1:26am
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