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Every human is born a clean slate of innocence....one can only hope to keep it for as long as they can. | BORN FREE OF RACISM, POLITICS, HATE AND NEGATIVITY LETS HEAR IT FOR INNOCENCE | image tagged in baby raising fist,funny baby,baby,innocent | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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TRUE, TRUE, HOWEVER, MUST SAY MY BABY WAS BORN PRO LIFE | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Skeptical Baby Meme | HUMAN DECENCY IS A LEARNED BEHAVIOR? | image tagged in memes,skeptical baby | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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I'm gonna go with hate and bigotry is probably learned. It amazing how all little kids get along and don't see color, ethnicity, religion etc. But as they get older..
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I don't think we're anywhere near what it was 30+ years ago but I know some families still teach their own how to hate.
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I think its worse since "O" took office,... I don't recall the division before he was elected,.. not as bad.
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I agree with you both. In the south 30 years ago it was still pretty bad. Not overtly violent but still present. It went away until O took office. I remember commenting at that time about the shocking split that went on between people. I had never seen such a sudden and violent divide in my life. I lost friends because I didn't like him. Long time friends. Just because I didn't like him. Those same people and I had political disagreements in the past but with O ... things got severed. And they have yet to heal. Instead they are getting worse.
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Something about him got into their heads. Still can't explain it. I see the same thing now with the idea of socialism. Some people are actually coming right out and saying they want it. And these people who I've been friends with, people who agree with me and I with them on many other things, will scream at me because I don't agree with socialism lol
In my life I have not seen this sort of thing. Hell, even with the racists back in the day ... they never acted the way these people are acting. They would just call me an ugly thing and walk off. Or ... they'd fight you. But they didn't look like they wanted to carve out your heart. lol
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Its very remarkable actually. There is a double division that I can see,... race and class. I have a very good friend whom I was his best man when he got married. I have known him since 1989. He is white,... his wife is black. They began having issues when O was running for office. She was voting O,... he wasn't. She was atraditional conservative in every sense and a career military person. He was also a vet and a cop. She has switched parties,... and votes now based on "color" which to me is as racist as voting for a color rather than the person. She is pro life, against big government, pro 2nd amendment and owns firearms, does not like Obamacare, and gripes about working to pay for others laziness. But voted Obama 2X. SHe even cites that his foriegn policy has helped the bad guys and weakened America. She thinks that blacklives matter movement is motivated by racism and $$. They have had some knock down drag out brawls on voting.. even separated once for about 3 weeks. The only reason she votes left,... is because O is black. If he and I were talking about Obama's policies,.. she agrees,.. but doesn't like us talking about it. I don't understand this. . and I have an aunt and uncle up north that are big O supporters as well,.. and take it personal when O is talked about, but do not hesitate to slam Bush. Well,..... Bush isn't president anymore. Thats as lame as talking about blamimg events on Clinton, Carter, Reagan,.. whoever. I think what irks a lot of people, to include myself,... is to somehow be labeled "racist',... for disagreeing with how the current administration is running things. I never considered anyone a racist for disagreeing with Bush jr,... even though I felt his immigration and border policies were weak as well. Its almost "cultish", for lack of a better word.
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Yikes! And I'm on a phone! I should have thumbs like the Hulk after that msg!
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Monosodium glutonate?
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Twinkies!
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And I want to clarify. I am not so naive to believe that racism just "went away". But we healed SO MUCH of past hurts. We made very real progress toward seeing each other as people and not colors.
There will ALWAYS be some people (black, white, brown, whatever) who hold ignorant views. But the rest of us were not being held captive by their opinions. Those of us who care about people and not color, those of us who LIKE experiencing different cultures (not just black and white but north vs south vs midwest etc) were able for a couple of decades to just get past all the BS.
In the south, when the older generation was faced with the decision to either hold on to the things they had been taught (in whatever way they were taught) or hold on to their new mixed race grandchildren ... MOST ALL of them (black and white) chose their grandchildren. That whole "Jungle Fever" that went on ... it worked. lol
And then O and his kind screwed it all up. His kind makes money on people biting at each other.
So we are faced once again with the decision to choose to listen to the racists or move past them. I'm staying the same course I did back then. I'm not hearing racist crap. If I lose friends AGAIN ... so be it.
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I have to respectfully disagree. I don't believe racism healed as much as people want to think it did. It just went below the surface because it wasn't as socially acceptable anymore as it used to be. I've talked to other white people when it's just us around, and they use the word "ni**er" without a second thought, like it's just that normal for them to say that. And they probably assume that since I'm white, I won't have a problem with them saying that. If you don't like Obama, that's fine with me. I don't agree with everything he has done, not by a long shot. But I can't understand blaming him for a resurgence of overt racism. He didn't create it; it has always been there, simmering just below the surface.
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We lived in Warm Springs which was at the base of a mountain. The highway T sectioned right into it lol It had one building with a phone that had no dial, just an operator when you picked it up. I called it the gas station-saloon-araunt lol They ended up moving the whole "town" (like 12 families) it if I heard right. My mother worked in Tonapah. At night ... it was so dark you couldn't see your hand in front of your face lol We moved from there to Caliente. That was a little bigger. I think 100 people at that time (back in 1981).
Good times. My mother was a "free spirit" lol Between her military career and wanderlust we moved a lot. She was also a truck driver and taught truck driving. It's been an interesting ride for sure.
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Well, I'm not sure where you are from but in my town it certainly did. There are still some people (and they usually band together as people of similar opinions do) who, as I said, will always be the way they are. And every generation will have those. But things absolutely DID change here. I am white as well, I have had friends who used that word when we were teens, and I saw the changes that happened in them from the 70s to 80s to 90s and then ... BAM 07 rolled around and shit shifted in a hurry. And it wasn't just blacks or just whites ... some people just ... changed. And got angry and hateful and defensive and were perfectly willing to cut ties with others over this man.
I don't expect people will believe what I am saying just because I said it. But there are people out there who know what I am talking about and saw it happen as well.
Again, you don;t have to agree or believe me. But I would just ask that you tuck that in the back of your mind as something that is possibly true :-) If it is a nugget that you will need it will be confirmed. If not ... then maybe it won't. I'm just saying what I witnessed. :-)
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"We welcomed differences and saw them as additions to our own experience"

Very well said :) As a truck driver, I drive through Nevada every so often. May I ask which two super tiny towns?
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Thank you for your polite response. I have no reason to doubt what you say :)

Just in case you're curious, I was born and raised in Silicon Valley. My high school was almost entirely white and Asian students (over half Asian if I'm not mistaken). I could count on one hand the number of black people I knew growing up. I'm not saying that in a bad way, just as a matter of fact.
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We traveled a lot when I was young. I know what you mean about lack of exposure. We lived in a couple of SUPER tiny towns in Nevada. They'd never seen a black person in person, only on TV. Aaaand ... they discriminated against the Indian people who lived in the area the way people in the south discriminated against black people. My husband grew up in AZ. Theirs was Mexican race issues to some extent.
I got my start in NYC in the late 60s :-) There was no prejudice that I saw. Italians, Jews, Irish, Scots, Blacks, Indians (from India), Native Americans, Chines, Puerto Rican, German, Polish, Danish ... honestly, you name it we lived next to them, did business with them, and were friends with them. I learned my first racial slur from a little black girl on the military base when I was 5. She said I called her a name and my mom had to tell me what it was lol
So ... I can tell you that I was appalled when I found out some of my friends were prejudice (or talked like they were because of their parents). And, I can tell you that it didn't fly long with me lol I was acutely aware of race issues because I had been raised in such a way that it was very much a non-issue. We welcomed differences and saw them as additions to our own experience (kinda hippies but in a military kinda way ;-)
I like to think that I affected some of the people in my circle. I hope I did. And so when white and black people of my generation stated mixing and started having babies ... all that bs fell away. I saw parents who had disowned their kids for mixing do 180s when they had grandchildren. So much so that they would not tolerate people saying anything ugly (same things they used to say lol). Kinda like ex-smokers haha. I believe that they meant it. It was their flesh and blood who would be hurt and they wouldn't have it. Jobs ... we have a lot of mixing in the work place here. You stop seeing differences when you just live life with one another.
And then ... alllll those things changed in 07. People became acutely aware. We keep being told that the beautiful things that happened actually didn't happen. Reasons are being fabricated to be upset with one another. And that really pisses me off. :-) Life is as good as you make it. Claim that shit. ;-)
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It does remain a mystery though. Does it not? Some mysteries should stay that way I reckon.
Get upset over the idiots of the world? Nah. That's why God made weed. ;-) And pretty flowers and sunset and laughter ;-) Skerit.
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It would be so much easier. .. if everyone considered themselves an "American" first.. everything else 2nd. IMHO!
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And people saying "I'm proud to be black" "I'm proud to be white". Oh yeah?
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Proud to be an American! Blessed with common sense.. and to discern BS.. and not be a hater!
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You might want to google "even babies discriminate".
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It's not my meme. . It's raydogs. Who were you replying to?
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You, actually. You said, " It amazing how all little kids get along and don't see color, ethnicity, religion etc" Studies show that kids notice those things as young as 6 months. And they learn things they aren't taught...they pick up on subjects that are taboo, or not spoken about in the household. The articles explain it better than I can.
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Interesting.. i wasn't sure what comment you replied to.. they were jumbled up. I was commenting on my own experience of course,.. but will Google that! Thank you sir for info and clearing up my confusion! ;)
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The indentations made it hard to see who was talking to who. I was surprised when it ended up so far down.
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Innocence without being naive.. That would be cool.
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Add also that patriotism is indoctrination as discrimination
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Right on
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I think I made my favorite meme foe my wife lol
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True story: on beach with 5 yr old son who is playing with 2 boys. One blond haired blue eyed whoe kid, the other a Caribbean local black kid.
Me:Want to get some lunch with your new friends?
Son: just John.
Me: which one is John?
Son: the one in the blue shirt
Me: in awe at his stripping me of my false sense of skin colorblindness.
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That's the way it is with kids until they're taught differently...
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Tru-dat...
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Whoe- S.b. "White" in above
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and free of religion
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