I noticed a number of black american's post a lot about race and racism on their facebook feeds (they're American but we're not in america). A lot of them tend to reply to people telling them to stop obsessing about it by saying "it's a big problem because you keep talking about it" to which their replies are generally centred around "we can only overcome racism if we talk about it"
I don't think this is a viable route... take the examples we have. The USA seems to have some of the biggest problems with racism as a whole, people think about it a lot more and it is the basis for discussion that surrounds all other discussions. I think talking about it a lot is more a case of trying to use it as a card to hold others down even if they haven't done anything.
that's why it seems like the UK, Ireland, sweden, germany etc have little problems with race, it's not obsessed about and it'd be rare for example to even hear people thinking about it in places like england.
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Most Helpful Girl
It's not that rare in Europe, it just isn't as fucked up as it is in America. Like in the UK, you'll get stopped and searched, in America you'll get shot.
But there were riots back in the day in the UK, and then we had the Steven Lawrence murder, and both those two events led to a lot of discussion and so much changed after both of them. It's never really been as bad as America, we didn't have lynchings and things like that, so it's not needed to discuss it as much, but we are where we are today because it was discussed. If you just ignore a problem and don't talk about it, it won't be solved. It's like the gay rights getting better these days, it didn't happen because we all hushed it up and didn't speak about it, it happened because we spoke about it. It's the same thing. Racism, or any other type of prejudice and bigotry is purely down to ignorance, and people will remain forever ignorant if they're never taught, and they'll never be taught if it's never discussed.
I'm half black, half white German, my grandparents were around in Germany in Nazi days... so you know they had issues. The only reason they got less racist over time is being educated.0
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lol, those countries don't have racism? I don't know if they went through with it, but countries like france and germany fine (or considered) fining people for wearing muslim clothing. in the uk, during a soccer match, white fans made monkey chants towards black players...
but in either case, it shouldn't be talked about it any more or less. discussing race doesn't fuel racism. lack of empathy for another race fuels racism. just look at most of the people on here. let's be real. most of people on here are white and American. there are a lot of questions about how racism is overblown, it's not that bad, it's not their fault... maybe so; but i'm sure most aren't around black people (or any other race) enough to know the inherent differences in daily life. take a rich person... disclaimer, i'm not equating each to each other, but i'm making a comparison: they have lots of money. probably well off. well, when the recession hit, it's like them saying "oh, the recession isn't that bad, i still have enough money to buy a new car, send my kids to college, etc". not realizing that for most families, the recession is/was very real. i'll just leave it at that.1