How would u define 'racist/racism'?

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21. Posted by djiboutici (Full Member 465 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have one word for you all:


You know what they say:Ignorance is BLISS

God made this world&one day he will take it all back in the meantime,let's live together peacefully...

Keep an open mind


22. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting beerman

I'd like to wish Zoom the best of luck in his moves to Paris and BA. He seems to have a perfectly sensible, albeit pedestrian, reason for fleeing the United States: he doesn't like the government or most of the people. Our democracy demands that he have the freedom to do as he wishes, so long as he does no harm.

Zoom, I trust that you will find the peaceful utopia that you so desperately seek. It must be out there somewhere, and hopefully for you, it is Paris or BA. Both are beautiful, world-class cities.

And I sincerely hope that you will find nothing but sympathetic ears that will listen to and accept your highly knowledgeable diatribes about the faults of the world and, particularly, the United States and the majority of its citizens, over wine at the cafe. Certainly you will find compatriots to regale with explicit stories of the horrors of life in the US; how previously decent people turned into xenophobic idiots at the drop of an election hat. Should be riveting.

Don't forget to tell your newfound friends how you bravely fled your country to avoid the curse of stupidity; how rather than fighting for change from within, as a coward would, you valiantly chose to criticize from a distance. You will be among an elite crowd: the intellectual finger-pointers.

So, I wish you all the best, my friend and fellow citizen. Hurry, you must leave this country now, before it is too late and you are forever tainted. I shall carry on your fight for truth and justice for some.

Please be careful not to let New York hit you in the ass on the way out.

Zoom: No need to worry Beerman, I only fly AIR FRANCE non Stop Business class from Los Angeles to Paris so the once great city of NYC doesn't even play into it. I'm snoozing away in my totally reclined "Comfy Seat" (man are those Business class seats an improvement over ecomomy - unbelievable) when we're flying close to the Big Apple (but I think non Stop takes a more northern path so NYC is somewhere FAR AWAY - the way I like it)

As far as the rest of your comment I had a fellow expat American Photographer here for a few days read it. He now lives in Bali full time in an Amazing house that he had built custom for about $400,000 (in Hawaii we're talking 2.5 - 3 million). He just chukled and said too bad the guy doesn't know what we do...... and yeah, that was a pretty good way of putting it - just takes some people longer to put it all together. No big deal, all depends on one's personal experiences and knowledge of other people's situations. Ain't right or wrong, it just is. Thanks for the nice bon voyage message, I can Assure you "It's all good" - can't wait to get out !! Take care, Zoom Give Isa a big HELLO from Zoom. Me and my visiting bud are gonna go get some Thai for dinner, yum - can't beat that PAD KEE MOW !! (very cute Thai girls run the place - double bonus !!)

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23. Posted by shinojuly (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

even people r in the same country, and they r the same color, there is still discrimination around us.

i like the "fear" made those bad behaviors more beautiful. because of fear, u r becoming the victims too. why? because u scared, u could hurt other. u r a racist because of fear. then ,thats not ur fault!

we r always looking for varied reasons to make ourselves comfortable.

24. Posted by caristona (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just a little note to Zoom...

I don't know about Paris, but I have lived in London for 27 years and increasingly find myself on the receiving end of precisely the kind of attitute towards Americans that you seem to have towards the rest of your countrypeople - that we are all somehow less intelligent than people from other places (especially Europe), that we are all facists and, of course, don't understand irony.

Anyone with a Texan accent is automatically a George Bush fan and hates black people. We are also all rich.

As someone who was disowned by her parents for joining the SWP in Austin, Texas in 1972 and has participated and tried to organise other people to particpate in anti Iraq war rallies, I find this initial reception more than a little disconcerting.

I hope for your sake that your American accent doesn't define you in Paris. Best of luck in all that you do.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 23, 2006 3:39 AM by caristona ]

25. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello Kathi

I am finding it difficult to put my ideas about rascism, into a definition, but i will tell u about something i think is rascist.

My English friend whose parents are from Jamica was travelling in South Africa. People spat at her from their cars and pushed her in the streets. She said the worst offenders were Indians.

I dont know that i was ever a rascist, but before travelling i was less inclined to strike up a friendship, with somebody from another culture. I would however, have had friendships, and relationships, with people of different races, if they were brought up in a similar culture to mine. Now i am more open to having friendships etc, with people from other cultures, too.