Racism

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I was reading this blog earlier http://blog.longreads.com/2014/10/08/i-have-achieved-a-modicum-of-success-but-i-never-stop-working-roxane-gay-on-the-price-of-black-ambition/

It talked about how only 1 out of ever 10 black people are capable of intelligence and talent.
Now as I’m trying to sleep, I made a really neat connection with a discussion in my psychology class class related to conditioning and racism.

The whole class seemed to have a preconditioned racist/discriminatory view of one thing or another.

Now, I can’t speak for the Latinos, but it seems they are more open minded than whites when it comes to cultural differences. I can’t speak on behalf of the black community either.

However, I think from early on whites have always been conditioned to believe they are superior to other races. I think black people have been conditioned to look down on white people for this. As for my experience in school, I don’t remember learning too much about Latinos. I think the racial tension there started when Latinos started coming to the United States of America. I think white people still had that subconscious, possibly even ingrained thought of white supremacy. Maybe that’s how white/Latino tension happened.

This lead me to thinking, are our thought patters inherited? If so, did white people adapt to the thought that whites are above other races?
Also, have we all been conditioned to be racist/discriminatory?
In the United States of America, I believe we have been.

Two things I hate and then I will end my random thoughts on this.
One: Do you ever wonder why South America is not taken into consideration when we say “America”. When we say “America” it’s usually in reference to the United States of America.
Two: I STRONGLY dislike when I tell people I’m learning Spanish and their response is, “They should learn our language. You shouldn’t have to learn
theirs.” I think that is the most horrible thing anyone can say. The United States of America doesn’t even have an official language by Federal law. http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/american_languages.htm

Either way, I think everyone is a little racist or discriminatory at times and I really believe we should allΒ try to make our world a better place by treating everyone the way we would want to be treated regardless of how others treat us. Because if everyone did that, we’d all treat each other with respect.

So there’s my thoughts on racism/discrimination.
What do you think? I’d love to see some different points of view on this topic!

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