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News outlets exaggerate for the story, but this can have detrimental effects. One day they will answer for the harm they do. | RACISM ISN'T NEARLY AS MUCH OF A PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES AS THE MEDIA PORTRAY IT TO BE | image tagged in change my mind,memes,political,identity politics,mainstream media,fake news | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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I am a millennial. I was raised to think that America is racist. I traveled outside the country after college, and discovered what a wonderful country the United States really is
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12 ups, 2 replies
So true. In America we feel guilty about racism. In some places it seems like the national pastime.
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7 ups
No kidding! Lol, I was shocked.
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7 ups, 2 replies
In America it is a national pastime
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10 ups, 1 reply
Far from it. There are a lot of people that may have bigoted ideals and less that have actual racist views, but the vast majority of people don't give a crap about the person's race.

I live in south Texas and while there is some bigotry floating around, there isn't a lot of actual racism. In fact, from what I have seen there are more Mexicans here that hate black people than there are whites and black hating each other. But the amount of hatred is still minimal in comparison to the total population.
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4 ups, 1 reply
Were you my sole upvote? Lol :)

When I said pastime, I was referring to how prevalent and open it was, moreso in the past than the present.
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3 ups, 2 replies
Probably, but looks like someone else invited it as well.
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:D
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2 ups
*upvoted
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5 ups, 1 reply
Always the contrarian.
You must hang around some "interesting" people if you think racism is a national pastime in America.
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5 ups, 2 replies
You must read some interesting "history" books if you think it isn't
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6 ups, 1 reply
Compared to some other nations and parts of the world, the US is a bastion of racial sensitivity.
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4 ups
I don't doubt it
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6 ups, 3 replies
I draw on personal experience, thanks.
Why do people that hate America insist on staying here?
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5 ups, 1 reply
Any number of reasons. They can afford to move, they don't like it but don't hate it enough to leave, etc
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0 ups, 1 reply
The ones that usually threaten are the rich Hollywood elite that can afford to go anywhere they like. They effort they put into destroying the country proves they hate it. Maybe they don't leave because they aren't done destroying it completely?
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0 ups, 1 reply
This may come as a shock, but just because someone has different values than you, it doesn't automatically mean they want to destroy the country
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0 ups, 1 reply
This may come as a shock, but just because someone has different values than I do doesn't automatically make me think they want to destroy the country.
0 ups
I would hope not
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5 ups
You may draw on personal experience, but you cannot draw on the personal experience of others.
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1 up, 1 reply
Your response is actually racist. If one is in the group of people that has advantages that others do not, usually assumed in America to be white/male, they seek to defend this. One seeks to create policy that entrenches one's advantage and often justifies the abuse of others by degrading their status from equal to one's to less than one's. Example: they're heathens or amoral, or not as smart etc. After unfair policies are in place, modes of thinking are necessary to validate the policy. (taking down statues would 'erase history' from all books as well, have rules requiring NFL players to stand during the Anthem because it disrespects the anthem)
One may seek to draw attention from the issue being discussed, eg 'why don't they do X if they do not like the situation?' or 'why doesn't she wear more conservative clothes if she doesn't like cat calls or being **ped?' which is also known as victim blaming.
One may seek a fix that in no way threatens their advantaged place in society: 'if they leave, they're no longer a threat.
I am open to new correct information that requires me to change my view.
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0 ups, 1 reply
OMG, you must be a leftist if you think my response was "racist". I'm talking about people who actually threatened to leave the country over POTUS and stayed in the US anyway. These are Hollywood elite that are from different ethnic groups and have the money to go anywhere in the world.
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1 up, 1 reply
I understand your response. I did not include the context you added when you responded to Octavia_Melody. So, my response was not informed of your target demographic which makes my response off point to say the least.
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No worries. I realize now that I wasn't clear about who I was referring to when I said that.
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17 ups, 2 replies
Ever notice how the media only portrays one particular race of people as the ONLY victims of discrimination.
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3 ups
No
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3 ups, 1 reply
Which particular race is that?
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2 ups, 1 reply
For Fox News, that would be White as the victim of discrimination
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1 up, 1 reply
Depends on the source, really. One will focus on Blacks, one will focus on Latinos (or any other POC group), one will focus on Whites.
I grew up in San Antonio, TX, which is ethnically diverse. I experienced racism from Latinos and Blacks, Latinos got it from Whites and Blacks, and Blacks got it from Whites and Latinos. The division being pushed in the media is meant to get us warring each other rather than focus on the traitors trying to destroy the country.
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Cool, I love diversity. I live in Toronto, and it is very diverse.
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11 ups, 1 reply
Depends on where you live. I spent all of my life in Oregon, until 3 years ago, I live in North Carolina now and racism is much worse than I once previously believed, however, not as bad as the media thinks. "If it bleeds, it leads." The media needs to sell the product that America is buying, whether it is division in races or political parties, they side with whoever is watching.
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9 ups, 3 replies
The claim I'm making in the meme is about the media's treatment of it.

From the part of your comment that says, "and racism is much worse than I once previously believed, however, not as bad as the media thinks," it sounds to me like you agree with me.
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14 ups, 4 replies
Democrats love racism. Blame it on the conservatives. But with out racism they would have no votes.
Sooo, they keep the machine running.
It makes sense. Trust me. I'm a dr.
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8 ups, 4 replies
I think people would have an easier time buying your "democrats are the real racists" narrative if you weren't already making compromising statements to the contrary.
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7 ups, 1 reply
And in a private message with a former user, she called black people ni**ers. Don't try and make sense of anything that comes out of her twisted brain.
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0 ups
*kangz
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Just to prove I'm not making this shit up:
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4 ups
I'm one person. I didnt know my words meant as much as LBJ....
THANKS!
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Again, it wasn't better because of that, but it was better at that time.
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Saying democrats love racism is just as correct as saying republicans love child **pe and molestation. There are both racist democrats and racist republicans. One cannot conclude that democrats are not doing anything to make life more fare, equitable, and less violent. Dr you say? Do link me to one of your papers on how democrats are actively maintaining racist policies in America. If you have not studied this, your claim to being a dr. is superfluous.
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0 ups, 1 reply
Creation and expansion of the welfare state is a form of racism.
Democratic/leftists are openly advocating pedophilia.
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I am a little fuzzy on what is meant by "welfare state" which probably makes me a little incapable of arguing that it is not racism, I am dubious. The second sentence is openly advocating ignorance and stupidity, it is not believed by even a small section of the population. Provide supporting evidence or give up.
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At least he did something. Not even Lincoln felt blacks were equal to whites, but he freed them and gave them a right to vote. Even the abolitionists didn't feel blacks were equal, so systemic racism was worse than it is now, but there's still not equal treatment in the justice system, in home loan applications. Everyone can be racist about something, but it's hurtful when those in power use it to keep others down.
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Yes, I do agree with you. A couple of years ago I would have said "absolutely the media is making more out of it than they should," but now, I see the kernel of truth in what they are showing, and if they keep putting fertilizer on it, then hate may grow from it, and then even better ratings.

I actually had to work for the last couple of days, looks like you touched a nerve.
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6 ups, 1 reply
i.imgflip.com/2fxjub.gif (click to show) Everyone is looking for trigger words to call it racism, just so they can prove themselves right.
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8 ups
Thanks for the 'Blade' upvote.
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This is kind of a joke comment, but it's also a free heads-up to anyone who doesn't like the meme and came here to comment. This is your chance to turn back (from commenting), and just downvote it and move on.

Here's why:
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Also, a follow-up tip:
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On the other hand, if you like the meme, feel free to comment all you want. :-)
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5 ups, 1 reply
I'm sure it may not be a problem for you directly, it's not a direct problem for me, but to assume it's not a problem for anyone is very naive and dangerous to anyone in this country who is not caucasian. I would submit that we are not all completely free if some are less free than others solely due to race. Racism is more subtle than it used to be, but I see it every day. Racists feel free to be honest when they don't see minorities around. Some of the things I see and hear are dispicable.. It's not just in the U.S., but we can't do a lot about racism elsewhere, we can only hope to eradicate it here..
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3 ups, 1 reply
"Racists feel free to be honest when they don't see minorities around."

I've seen that firsthand. I'll be talking to other white people, and they'll throw out something racist out of nowhere, I guess assuming that because I'm also white, I won't have a problem with them saying that. They're sadly mistaken, and it bothers me that just because I'm white, they think it's okay to assume that about me.
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1 up, 1 reply
Honestly I'd rather they do it behind my back rather than parade it unabashedly in the media, while calling it activism.
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0 ups, 1 reply
Whom are you talking about?
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1 up, 1 reply
Anyone who places blame solely on one race..
Some people tend to lable disgruntled Americans or Patriots as "angry white people" when that couldn't be farther from the truth. MANY poc support the same narrative. It's blatant bigotry and sadly celebrated by those who claim to be for civil rights.
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5 ups, 1 reply
No disrespect but the first thing that came to mind this meme is from a white person. It just has that feels to it. Anyhoot, It definitely has died down some for sure. The Jasper, TX dragging was like 15 yrs ago I thinks. Anyways, we've come from along way. Blacks can vote now and drink from the same fountain. Kudos y'all. :) Meme on.
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2 ups
Ya I get that same feel whenever someone tries to downplay racism or attempts to discredit or otherwise denounce protests against racism. I mean ya, Kanye exists... but he is rare.
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4 ups
but, but.... TURMP GOT TWOOOOOOO SCOOOOPPS OFF ICECREAMMMMM AND NOOO ONNENNEE ELLLELESEESEEEEE DIDIDIDIDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!11111!1!!!!
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4 ups
Me going to class: "wow there's a lot of people taking this class."

News: "Xenophobic man attempts to rid school of students."
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6 ups, 1 reply
People that actually feel the effects of racism might say the opposite. Prove to them that racism isn't as much as problem as the media portrays it.

Racism is as real as it is experienced.
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8 ups, 2 replies
When talking about making changes to society, I believe we need a better standard than "personal experience."

My concerns are that:
a) people often lie about their experiences
b) even when telling the truth, people often magnify their own experiences so that they have more weight than those of others
c) no one can verify (or, for that matter, disprove) anyone else's experience, so it's futile to expect that others will accept it on good faith

Real standards that are objective and measurable are much more useful.

Since your comment is vague, it isn't useful. You could put a comment like that on just about any meme that made a statement, putting the burden on someone to prove the opposite of what they've asserted, and claiming that other people's experience of an opposite case is real.

And just to be clear: my meme isn't about ignoring or being insensitive to people's experiences. It's about the media making things seem worse than they are.
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2 ups
*disprove the opposite of what they've asserted
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3 ups, 2 replies
"It's about the media making things seem worse than they are"

That's YOUR reaction/experience to something. Again....if you were on the receiving end of racism maybe the media is barely scratching the surface.
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6 ups, 1 reply
If this... maybe that...

Maybe if a gang of rainbow-colored unicorns met a flock of flying pigs, one of them could feel oppressed.

I'm not interested in bullshit vague comments.
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3 ups, 1 reply
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0 ups, 1 reply
Having some use a racist slur is racism. A black person hearing a white person say the word black in a context that isn't already racist cannot be racist, however, they may feel something from hearing the word. Unfortunately the onus is on the black person to recognize that their emotion is incorrect in the situation and reframe it in a more constructive manner. Everyone has experiences like this. It isn't that other peoples realities do not matter, it is that a person who has not said something racist should not be punished or criticized as if they had even though someone else felt hurt by it. Many people do not understand well what makes something racist, I am still working on my understanding.
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0 ups, 1 reply
Keep working on it.

Start with REALLY rethinking what you said here:
"Unfortunately the onus is on the black person to recognize that their emotion is incorrect in the situation and reframe it in a more constructive manner."
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0 ups, 1 reply
It should have read "incorrect in this situation". And my statement stands. If someone uses an innocent word in an innocent context, it is on the offended listener to recognize that is not part of racism in general and they should reframe that experience in a positive light. This is correct.
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0 ups, 1 reply
Again- Are you black? Can you speak for someone else? People say and do racist things all the time with no intention of being "racist" or "oppressive" yet....they are still racist.

Go around with a shirt that says "I <3 NI**ERS" on it and explain to the black people you offend that its ok because you LOVE them and THEIR reaction is wrong in this case and they need to reframe it in a more constructive manner.

Funny but very revealing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayVk7MLFHF4
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0 ups, 1 reply
You have missed my message. It appears you have not understood my writing clearly. Best i can suggest is read it one or more times more. In no way did I claim that the "n" word is not racist or that it is one the offended person to change their view of hearing that. What I am saying is that people are sensitive and sometimes get a false positive. Once an offended person can assess what has been said/done and sees it was not a racist act, it IS the responsibility of the offended person to reframe the innocent words/act into a positive light. Just because one interprets something as racist does not make it racist.
0 ups
Watch that video. PLEASE. (it's actually funny but educational)
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I don't care if someone is racist to me, as long as they don't have me for it, I don't mind being called a cracker, but if they are really discriminating me like the Liberals in the 1800s, I would be very mad, and want justice.
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2 ups
Started after reconstruction. Rich pitted poor whites against emancipated blacks. Been fueling the fires ever since to keep them all from uniting and claiming rights to fair pay for labor.
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5 ups, 1 reply
Socrates, Media,government and religion has a duty to segregate all them below it as it distracts us from what all them above are doing. We argue amongst ourselves and its Media, politics and religion that are the leading topics. Coincidence?... Now can you imagine all the human beings from race religious and political preferences combined start merging into one all mighty team and use the education and fought as one!!! Oh my days we could literally take the world...... but too many minds are locked to the big three. until then racism will always be here, sorry
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3 ups, 1 reply
Or better yet, you could provide some actual evidence to support your claims about a "Council of 13", "Committee of 300", etc.

And what's the eye at the top of the pyramid? Is that Satan, or Justin Bieber?

I understand grown-ups, because I am one. What I don't understand is bizarre New World Order conspiracy theory garbage
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2 ups, 1 reply
I was referring to your meme comment, which was full of conspiracy nonsense.
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2 ups, 1 reply
OK I understand where your coming from, we will never understand powers that are worth trillions, but we can work on the things that are directly above us ie media politics and religion. Education is on the same level. Lets not be ignorant and start learning these issues.... its the only solution FACT. Not cuckoos Octavia c'mon
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1 up, 1 reply
I would agree with that
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3 ups, 1 reply
Definitely ...apologies for the insults I am gunna delete :)
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0 ups
No need to apologize
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4 ups
By over publicizing the worst racist stories and events the media has successfully created its own narrative. Aka "brainwashing" if you don't want racism keep it the hell out of your personal circle and make it spread... We're all human.
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Is racism a problem? Of course it is in any form! You are absolutely right! The media just loves to sensationalize this subject and exaggerate it, but is it as extreme and rampant as they want you to believe? No!

Where I live there are always cases of racism towards whites and they get very little media coverage if any at all, why is that?
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3 ups
Just so nobody gets the wrong idea from the meme.
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4 ups
Also since i aint ever went to public school, i understand the thoughts that you are articulating through your meme. Some folks can't/ wont read passed the first lines , the they read it as ( racism isn't a problem) , i think it's lesdixia, or something like it ;)
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Was at a conference and attended a panel session on discrimination in the I.T. industry. After the intro speaker fiinished a black guy from the audience stood up and said "I moved to Toronto to escape this bullshit". A lady who was CIO of a major bank then stood up and said "I agree. Go home buddy we do not need your agenda up here" and walked out. Guess where the speaker was from.
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2 ups
Just so nobody gets the wrong idea from the meme.
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2 ups
If this is an accepted practice among police, and not just white police (internalized racism...proving oneself?), where are the videos of police beating white people. Come one, Fox News would be all over that if they could find any....
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2 ups, 1 reply
Have you ever looked at memes in high contrast?
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I don't think he gets it.

a couple of those HITS are HARD!!!!!
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So racially biased electoral redistricting, hiring prejudice, housing discrimination, drug possession charges, the continued presence of the KKK and Black Panthers, school re-segregation, income and educational discrepancies, and the use of racially- motivated voter ID laws are not pressing problems? There are racial issues that extend beyond police violence and basic race relations, you know.
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In the words of gavin McIness: "You are more likely to find an albino skateboarder than a real Nazi in America"
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0 ups
We already have laws against discrimination. LAWS. Exactly what are people fighting for? Thomas Sowell said, “When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.” People aren't fighting for civil rights. They're fighting to get special treatment. They're fighting for a free ride because of things that happened to people who are long dead. Booker T. Washington said, “There is another class of black people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the black race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want a black to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” (edited for words that are now considered "racist").
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0 ups
move to rural america.
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Thank you. Real problems in America such as human trafficking, vitamin overdoses, and actual world news don't get addressed at all. Only around 400 people died from tide pods during the time it was a controversy. Around half of them were accidental. Around 10,000 people died in that time from vitamin overdoses, and i've never seen anything like it reported on mainstream media. I also live in a small town, and the local newspapers are talking about around 10 cases of human trafficking so far this year. If you live in a city, imagine how much human trafficking is going on there.
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Very unamerican of you. Good job. Once you do away with the First Amendment, you'll have the rights of a barnyard animal in a few years, if you're lucky. Learn history. First thing dictators do is do away with the free press and you're doing their job for them just because you're a hateful, ignorant, racist. Very ignorant. It's amazing you're the sperm that won.
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2 ups, 1 reply
Homo-narcissism rears it's ugly head...
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3 ups, 1 reply
You were just above saying racism wasn't that much of a problem anymore.

Now you suddenly are saying it's a huge problem.

WTH?
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2 ups, 3 replies
There's a difference between sugar-coating something and just being an asshole. You're the latter, sadly.

To say that homosexuals (as a group) are narcissistic is complete ignorance. Judging an entire group by the actions of some members of that group is what ignorant people do.

And your penchant for bigoted slurs doesn't help. Do you pray to Jesus with that mouth? I'm sure he appreciates that. "Oh look, another one of my devoted followers spouting bigotry and vile filth and slurs while claiming to be Christlike. Yay"

It's stuff like that which makes me glad I don't associate with people like you.
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2 ups, 2 replies
Don't bother. christine7 is an absolute nutcase who believes transhumanism is a satanic conspiracy to cause cyborg terminators (which, if you know the first thing about transhumanism, you'll know is absolute bullshit). I'd say that I'm not surprised by homophobia and ignorance from this user.

And hypocrisy.
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1 up, 1 reply
True :) she's the one who said that dinosaurs never existed!
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0 ups
Don't forget about the demons!
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0 ups, 1 reply
Awww, you looked at my page.
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2 ups, 2 replies
No, I just got into a huge debate when you said that cyborg terminators were the ultimate goal of Transhumanism and I informed you that that was a steaming pile of bullshit with a .0000000000001% foundation in reality at best.
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0 ups, 1 reply
That meme was nine months ago...
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2 ups
Yeah, I have a tendency to remember utterly useless information.
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0 ups, 1 reply
So, that means there's still a chance?
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2 ups, 1 reply
Okay, context time: technically, nothing is impossible. Yeah, weird, I know, but it's true, so It's time to put things into perspective:

You have a 0.0001% (rounded up, of course) chance of being struck by lightning. It's only a few digits lower if we're talking about being struck by lightning right now. At your computer.

I estimated there's a .0000000005% chance of Celtic Mythology being the true religion. That means that it's 500000 times more likely that Celtic Mythology is true than that Transhumanism will lead to cyborg terminators. At best for the Cyborg Terminators theory.

Yeah...

If believing that Transhumanists that are just trying to improve life for humanity are secretly plotting to create a robot-infested hellscape somehow makes you feel better, then I can't argue with that, but that doesn't mean it isn't just plain silly...
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LOL! I'm sorry you went through all that to explain chance. I guess I should explain that I was making a joke about how slim you estimated the chances to be. Any chance is still a chance, right?
And actually, since there are robots that can work out and sweat, the chances of cyborg terminators coming into existence might be just a little higher than your estimate.
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0 ups, 1 reply
To be honest, refraining from sugar-coating does have the downside of being viewed as an asshole. *shrug*
If you don't associate with people like me, then I suggest you stop reading and commenting on my memes and comments. Otherwise, I'll get the crazy idea that you really like me and don't want to admit it :3
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1 up, 1 reply
Zing :)
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LOL
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You don't believe in Jesus, so what do you care whether or how I pray to Him? That's between Him and me anyway.
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