Racism is evil.
This might seem controversial to some but then considering where I'm posting this there's a good chance many of you will see this the same way I do.
I've picked up this social atmosphere where racism is a taboo, and instant 'no no', that it's evil incarnate... I might be just imagining things and attacking a strawman of my own imagination here... but anyway...
Racism isn't evil as such... just a li'l retarded is all...
Racism, as I understand it, is treating/thinking of someone differently based on racial/cultural prejudice. So this would include 'positive' racism as well. It's pretty much the same as any other prejudice except for the history surrounding it.
So the problems with prejudice?
Well, it's pre-judging - making decisions on things you don't really know about.
When you first see someone you don't know anything about them so your mind will try and make guesses based on stereotypes that fit this first impression. These guesses can sometimes be accurate but often you can often infer details that aren't there.
Pre-judging would be the crime of reading too much into this 'gut instinct' based on stereotyping and relying too much on it rather than trying to understand the person as they really are.
So racism is basic ignorance really...
Still not desirable, but evil? That goes too far.
It's seen as morally wrong to make 'racist jokes' or have 'racist thoughts'.
There's some 'racist jokes' that might be nasty but it won't be the 'racism' in them that's the problem. (I'll explain later)
Some say that the holocaust is the effect of racism but I'll disagree.
I'd split the holocaust into two parts; how Hitler chose his enemies and how Hitler dealt with his enemies.
Hitler had various ways of chosing enemies. Some would've been people he personally hated, others would be he political opponents (naturally), and others were the result of his prejudices (gays, blacks, Jews, gypsies etc.)
Then we have how Hitler dealt with his enemies - persecution and holocaust.
The method of choosing enemies is where the racism was.
Had there been no persecution/holocaust then there wouldn't be any real evil in this... Hitler would've been your average idiot who had problems with people for no real reason.
The method of dealing with enemies is where the evil was.
Would it have been less evil if he'd restricted himself to murdering political opponents?
This isn't saying "Racism isn't evil, it's alright! Let's all be racist."
It's more of a looking at what racism really is.
'Racist' seems to have become a dirty word by which no one wants to be labelled as so they'll just deny their racism being racism... the current "thou shalt not be an evil racist" atmosphere floating around just encourages people to be less honest to themselves about it.
Take the KKK, they're currently saying "we're not evil, we don't hate minorities, we just think that we should be separated from them..."
Their approach is to present an image of racism that isn't evil or malicious that people can see isn't really that 'nasty'... most people's reaction is to call it a 'cover' to gain popularity and that the KKK will be nasty the first chance it gets. I think it would be even better to say, "well they're not being nasty or malicious, they're not evil as such, they're just a bit silly with these weird beliefs about 'race' and stuff... so paint them the same way we paint other lunatics, like ones who believe that flowers have feelings or..." you know...
So a rational diagnosis of 'racism is evil' or have I missed something?
I understand why it was a necessary attitude to break some seriously nasty racial prejudices from about 30-50 years ago but surely we're ready to look at it more honestly now?