September 18, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Posted in The Knave | Leave a comment

racismRacism is the belief that if locked in a dark room with strangers, all are equal, but if the room is illuminated so that physical features and skin color can be seen, the racist is far better than those who look different and hates them in proportion to the degree of that difference. 

Racism is perfectly legal as long as there is no provable discrimination.  Discrimination is excluding, restricting or giving preference based on race in any field of public life.  If this is too great a constraint on a racist’s hatred of those who are different, he or she will find an alternate reason to take the same action against the member of the undesirable race.  A Google search for “How to keep (racial slur) out of my workplace / town / club” reveals many resources created by racists and bigots. Bigots are people who find racists to be overly tolerant.  Simple racism puts too many limits on the groupings of people they can hate.

Racists believe that their skin pigmentation, hair type, and the arrangement of their facial features entitle them to privileges that must be jealously kept from those who are different.  This can lead to awkward and embarrassing situations for the racist when he or she meets someone of ambiguous race.  Resolution is achieved by consensus with fellow racists by asking the question: “So, do you think (name) is a (racial slur)?”  If the answer of more than zero known racists is: “Yeah, and if not 100%, then their mother was one or got pregnant by one,” then the racist can feel comfortable adding the name to his or her list of people to hate.

Although racists mainly worry about people unlike themselves taking their jobs, rights, country, et cetera, they also worry about finding people to validate their hatred.  In modern society it is now taboo to attend a dinner party and call out to all attending: “Anyone else here hate (racial slur)?”  The best way to meet like-minded souls is to approach the problem indirectly.  For example, a racist might walk up to someone and say: “I can’t believe people actually voted for (name of candidate of another race)!”  If the other person has a rational and coherent explanation for voting one way or the other, they do not share the bigotry and should not be trusted by the racist. – The Knave

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