There is no room for racism in America. Racially-inspired hate is nothing less than a function of ignorance and corrupt behavior that may well be associated with psychological disorders.
Dr. Russell Long gets to the heart of what racism is from Texas where he teaches Sociology. (His vitae is here: http://dmc122011.delmar.edu/socsci/rlong/cv.htm.)
Racism refers to attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors that favor one group over another. The minority group might be seen as biologically (innately) inferior and, therefore, practices involving their domination and exploitation are justified.
Patterns of Race and Ethnic Relations
Assimilation is the process of being absorbed into the mainstream of the dominate culture. The assimilation model demands that other groups conform to the dominant culture. Newcomers are to be socialized into the dominant culture that is already present.
- Pluralism (multiculturalism)
In a pluralist society unique groups coexist side by side. The uniqueness of each group is considered a trait worth having in the dominant culture.
Segregation is the physical and social separation of categories of people.
Genocide is the systematic killing of one category of people by another.”
What is hate?
The Webster dictionary defines “hate” as “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury.”
In the context of those who hate someone because of their race, they do so for what reasons?
They believe that they are superior.
They are fearful, angry, and believe they are somehow threatened or injured by the presence of someone who is different from them.
We live with large and visible examples of this behavior. Muslim sects hate one another, for instance. Some white Americans hate black Americans, is another. The underpinning for both share the same definition.
This week’s news includes the story of how some people responded to President Obama’s “first tweet” by hurling racial epithets.
“A racial epithet is a derogatory term based on someone’s racial background, used as an insult. These slurs are used against members of a racial group or their allies, as in the case of slang terms where people append “lover” to an epithet to imply that someone advocating for a specific group is as contemptible as the group itself. Many languages have racial epithets, and different cultures may have varying norms about their use; within English-speaking languages, these epithets are quite culturally diverse.”
The Secret Service is monitoring to see what people say and to determine their intentions. Being hateful with the intention to cause harm can get lots of attention.
“‘People have the right to free speech,’ the spokesman said. ‘We also have the right and an obligation to determine a person’s intent when they say something.’”
Racism is embarrassing, and is indicative of a decadent part of the population. Those who are in that category will have to look up the word for themselves.
“Anti-Obama trolls fuel questions about online hate, racism
By David McCabe – 05/23/15 05:10 PM EDT
Two high-profile examples of racism directed at President Obama online in the past week are shining a spotlight on the broader issue of online harassment.
But it’s a problem even the biggest companies in the tech world are struggling to find the right response to — one that would mute hateful trolling and threats while respecting the freedom of speech.
Early this week, it was revealed that if users searched Google Maps for “n—– house,” it showed them the White House. And when Obama launched a personal Twitter account, it attracted attacks virulent enough to warrant an article from The New York Times and, reportedly, a visit from the Secret Service to at least one user.
The president has faced racist attacks since long before he got to the White House. More generally, online environments have been hotbeds of harassment since the inception of the Web. But this week underscored how technology can amplify deeply personal slurs, even against the leader of the free world.”