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Do you think age is an excuse to be racist or sexist, etc?

Yosyp 2012/05/18 20:07:20
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Sometimes I hear , " well, he is old school, from a different generation, that was the thinking in their days"

What's your opinion on that?


Racist; a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human
races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own
race is superior and has the right to rule others.






sexism:

prejudice or discrimination
based on sex; especially : discrimination against
women


2

: behavior, conditions, or
attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex
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  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/05/23 02:19:18
    Yes, it's a good excuse
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    If that is the way you are brought up and have lived for decades, it's damned hard to change. In fact, the harder you try, the more they resist. I'm talking about my dead Aunt Mabel here!
  • Ron 2012/05/19 14:40:20
    No, not a good excuse
    Ron
    +2
    There is no good excuse.

    Racists and sexists suck
  • Jackal 2012/05/18 23:43:53
    None of the above
    Jackal
    +2
    Can't answer that... I am not them. I haven't been through those times so I have no right to judge.
  • tredzwater 2012/05/18 22:43:17
    No, not a good excuse
    tredzwater
    +2
    I'm 68. I'm totally opposed to racism and sexism and most other isms. Since it's hard to get much older than I am and still be breathing in and breathing out, I don't see age as a good excuse.

    Besides, some of the most racist people I know are young. And if the words "baby momma" are not sexist, I don't know what is.

    It's all about how educated your caretakers were.
  • jaydenvdv 2012/05/18 22:38:48
    Yes, it's a good excuse
    jaydenvdv
    +2
    Weather my generation likes it or not, our parents generation was very very diffrent. The amount of things they have seen change in their lives is more substantial than mine. I take their opinion into consideration. I will always ask why if I wanna know, but for the most part I was taught to respect my elders. Now does it give them an excuse to be total a**holes about it? NO
  • DizziNY jaydenvdv 2012/05/19 12:33:18
    DizziNY
    +1
    Really?, "The amount of things they have seen is more substantial than mine" ... maybe yours, but not mine. Jesus has been teaching to love one another for quite a while now, so age is a poor excuse.
  • jaydenvdv DizziNY 2012/05/19 15:21:28
    jaydenvdv
    +1
    Might I ask your general age?
  • blindfaith 2012/05/18 22:11:59
    None of the above
    blindfaith
    Racism or sexism is a state of mind, nothing to do with age.!!
  • jaydenvdv blindfaith 2012/05/23 04:54:54
    jaydenvdv
    +1
    But people state of mind has to do with the way they were raised and the age they were raised in. A great example is in my state they have banned Indians as school mascots because it's suddenly rascist. When I was in school, that never crossed anyones mind as a problem. I still don't feel it's rascist, but my 6 year old by the time she is my age will think it's crazy that we dared use indians as mascots
  • blindfaith jaydenvdv 2012/05/23 12:56:09
    blindfaith
    +1
    Well that's Liberal thinking for you, we are all afraid of treading on someones toes !!
  • john 2012/05/18 21:55:43
    None of the above
    john
    +2
    Whatever age, our opinions are our what we believe and if we don't want to change our views as we get older it is up to us....
  • TheVynne 2012/05/18 21:41:18
    No, not a good excuse
    TheVynne
    +1
    And because we just let it go, they affect their kids thinking as well. They embrace signs of a new generation in multiple ways, but they always have a hell of a time giving that up.
  • Cuppajo 2012/05/18 21:38:41
    No, not a good excuse
    Cuppajo
    +1
    Nor is your own skin color, whatEVER color it is.
    al sharpton
    maxine watters
    sheila jackson lee
  • DizziNY Cuppajo 2012/05/19 12:37:01 (edited)
    DizziNY
    You forgot people like this:

    david duke

    david duke

    nation of islam

    racists
    oops, he is already listed, but this was so good I couldn't pass it up.

    bush racist
  • Cuppajo DizziNY 2012/05/21 14:16:06
    Cuppajo
    You seem to misunderstand my statement, many of the people you listed don't "get away with it". All of those I listed do.
  • rand 2012/05/18 21:00:10
    None of the above
    rand
    +2
    Age and the lack of education associated with it is often the "reason" for bigotry. By today's standards Lincoln was a racist, but the wisdom contained in Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel" that explain the illusions of inferiority had not yet been written.
  • ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒ 2012/05/18 20:34:37
    No, not a good excuse
    ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒
    +1
    but it is what it is.
  • Jo 2012/05/18 20:34:12
    No, not a good excuse
    Jo
    +1
    its borderline psychotic and just flat out dumb, and I mean literally. you might as well believe that the earth is flat.
  • Sarah TH Marshall Switcher 2012/05/18 20:28:08
    Yes, it's a good excuse
    Sarah TH Marshall Switcher
    +2
    Not in the "Oh that's just grandma, she's so cute and racist" type of way. But all humans are a product of the time and area they grew up in. It's unrealistic to expect someone who was raised on the bible for their entire childhood and grew up in a religious family, in a religious town, to not believe the bible. Same with racism basically. You can't teach old dogs new tricks.
  • tweet_t... Sarah T... 2012/05/18 21:05:30
    tweet_tweet
    I have seen some older people in my own let go of bigoted ideas with exposure. It certainly took time, as they had these beliefs for many years.
  • Dude-a-baker 2012/05/18 20:27:01
  • Talmadg... Dude-a-... 2012/05/22 15:56:17
    Talmadge Monroe
    lol, what??
  • Metaldane 2012/05/18 20:23:59
    No, not a good excuse
    Metaldane
    +1
    I don't care how old someone is if they're prejudice around me I'll be confronting them about it prejudice is wrong end of story.
  • tweet_tweet 2012/05/18 20:15:34 (edited)
    Yes, it's a good excuse
    tweet_tweet
    +2
    I think lack of exposure can cause racism or sexism, and there can be an age correlation here. If you were raised in a racist /sexist community and had no exposure to people who could give you good reasons not to be, then it certainly does explain why one would hold such beliefs. It is hard to overcome ideas that have been instilled into your psyche without arguments from the other side. I've certainly held racist, sexist, and homophobic thoughts before simply because some have been engrained through culture.



    I do not think it's an excuse to abuse anyone or deny them rights.
  • rand tweet_t... 2012/05/18 21:02:08
    rand
    +1
    Your honesty is admirable. Ever read "Guns, Germs, and Steel"?
  • tweet_t... rand 2012/05/18 21:03:40
    tweet_tweet
    +1
    I have not. I'll have to check it out.
  • rand tweet_t... 2012/05/18 21:18:03
    rand
    +1
    It explains why notions of racial inferiority are bogus. Even Lincoln was a racist out of ignorance.
  • LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH 2012/05/18 20:15:17
    None of the above
    LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH
    +2
    RACIST or SEXIST NEED NO EXCUSE. YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE

    ACTED OUT MORE THAN OLD PEOPLE!
  • Vision of Verve 2012/05/18 20:12:32
  • Yosyp Vision ... 2012/05/18 20:16:08
    Yosyp
    I know not all are, but I hear is as kind of an excuse at times.
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/05/18 20:10:26
  • Yosyp POWERSH... 2012/05/18 20:13:37
    Yosyp
    I'm talking about the definition of racist from the dictionary: a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
  • Talmadg... Yosyp 2012/05/18 20:44:37
    Talmadge Monroe
    +2
    From what dictionary? Cite your sources if you want them to be valid. There is a problem with that particular definition. The first and second clauses contain seriously different ideas, not to mention that the word "usually" can not be quantified. On to the question...I wouldn't say it is an excuse but it can certainly be a valid reason.
  • Yosyp Talmadg... 2012/05/18 22:59:48
    Yosyp
    Dictionary.com .....that is how I define racist, you can define it anyway you want.
  • Talmadg... Yosyp 2012/05/23 14:48:06
    Talmadge Monroe
    LOL that's the problem, people defining things anyway they want.
  • Yosyp Talmadg... 2012/05/23 14:52:28
    Yosyp
    ha ha, if someone believes the things about others as in the definition I gave from the dictionary, what do you call those people?
  • Talmadg... Yosyp 2012/05/24 15:18:08
    Talmadge Monroe
    See my first post. All I'm saying is that all dictionary's are not the same. There is no such thing as THE dictionary. The definition you chose to give, while obtained from Dictionary.com, is from Collins English Dictionary. It should be cited like this btw:

    "Racist." Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 24 May. 2012. .

    I've already answered the question. No, its not an excuse.
  • blindfaith POWERSH... 2012/05/18 22:18:32
    blindfaith
    +1
    Like Racism or Zenophobic, how do you define the difference ??
  • POWERSH... blindfaith 2012/05/18 22:48:53

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