Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Please explain where I demonstrated either racism or classism?
Apparently you reside in either the deserts of New Mexico or the mountains of Utah, because anyone who has spent any real time in an American city knows that it is isn't race that causes passerbyes to ignore the plight of a fallen fellow human being.
Which has what, exactly, to do with what this individual was wearing? Is this an insinuation that this particular individual looks homeless and is thusly being ignored? That I could possibly see, save the fact that he was elderly, and in the middle of the street. Having lived in Seattle for several years I could see how a homeless man could be ignored, but not if he was lying in the midst of the street after having fallen.
And perhaps you're right. It isn't racism that always causes passerbyes to ignore a fallen fellow human being. Although, come to think of it, if racism doesn't cause one to outright ridicule or turn violent upon a chosen target, ignoring is also a very common response.
This is not to say that ignoring the plight of a fellow human being in distress is OK if he or she can be considered a bum, but it has nothing to do with racism and only those who wish to power up their political epithets insist it does.
And only those who wish to utterly ignore the fact that racism is still a very real and present occurrence insist that anyone calling 'racism' must be in error. JCBoy's 'questioning' of this occurrence as evidence of racism is perfectly matched by your insistence that it isn't. I do believe the race card is becoming easier and easier to lay down without any actual evidence, however I don't discount a possible occurrence merely because I can mentally explain it away.
Racism is evil, but how is it more evil than other sins of humanity: Pedophilia, rape, murder, sadism et al?
As I stated, anything that can act as a gateway or reason for those sins you've mentioned being committed is, in my mind, inherently more evil than the rest. And just to be clear, in this instance 'evil' can be easily interchanged with 'damaging' or 'dangerous'. Racism gives every reason required for some imbecile to go out and rape, beat, murder, mug, or drag someone behind their truck for several miles.
What do you think I have revealed by asserting that racism is no worse than any other sin, and that those who insist it is, do so because they wish to have a super charged epithet to toss at their political opponents?
The thing you point out about a possible case of racism is how it's just being used as political fodder. Not only does this reveal your own inherent doubt of the possibility of racism in this case, it also highlights the paths your mind take towards gain and away from compassion.
If you can explain how racism is worse that other human atrocities I just might have to take you seriously
You taking me seriously was, fortunately, never really on my list of give-a-damns.