Originally Posted by aniT
So this means I am uneducated because I don't agree with you? The only way to learn anything is to agree with what you are saying and change my mind? I have read what you said. I DON'T AGREE WITH IT.
Maybe I am participating in this discussion so you can LEARN from me? Learn that while the way the statement was phrased may have been wrong, I seriously doubt there was racism intended. I believe the person who made the statement simply meant that she was not attracted to people with particular characteristics. It is NOT racist to not be attracted to people who appear black. It is not racist to not be attracted to Asian, or Indians. Anymore than it is racist that the sight of men who look like Christopher REEVES (never claimed I could spell :P ) makes my skin crawl. It is a preference for certain attributes, or lack there of in a mate. Nothing more.
Perhaps you should read what I posted again.
I didn't call you uneducated. And I didn't say that you have to agree with what I've said and change your mind.
You posted that you only skimmed over the last few pages of the thread. You then posted an argument against the position that the statement is racist. An argument that had already been addressed, repeatedly.
To which I responded that you might want to read the thread more closely. Perhaps you missed the parts where the argument was addressed and dismantled.
And you responded:
|Reading this thread more closely is not going to make me agree with opinions I don't agree with.
To which I said that I thought people participated in discussions to learn.
If you're not interested in learning and understanding other points of view, then why are you here? If you don't want to see how the statement is racist, then why did you open the thread to begin with? If you don't want to read what other people think about your position, then why post it at all?
You do not seem interested in opening your mind to other points of view. You have pretty much said that you won't even consider those other points of view.
So, why are you reading this thread at all?
It's easy to stick to the same opinions for a lifetime. You need only not engage with the world at large. You can avoid reading threads on racism, so that you aren't faced with the possibility that someone might disagree with your opinion on what is considered racist. It's really easy. Especially for a white person (not making assumptions, just mentioning an aspect of white privilege).
The fact that you have refused to even consider the positions of others, and are holding so firm to your opinion in the face of those positions, even to the point of saying that you won't read closer because your opinion won't change - all that tells me that you're not interested in learning. You're not interested in opening your mind, in expanding your worldview.
So, again, why are you here?