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On 4/6/2020 at 7:18 PM, gringohombre said:

You are making my point precisely. If anyone can see RACIST in anything, it vastly diminishes the original meaning of the word, making it meaningless...does "crying wolf" still have meaning?

 Not only diminishes the original meaning of the word, but the hyper-excessive use of "RACISM" in the last five years, has diminished all argumentation to zero. No other thoughts, no other insights, no other possibilities, no other creative solutions, no shades of meaning, no nuances, no nothing exists except the need for decapitation of mythical white supremacy.

Americans were educated since the 1950s to open their minds, and keep them open. How quickly those minds have been slammed shut, only to be "re-educated" like a Khmer Rouge camp, just before the next stage, The Killing Fields. LOL.

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Black people all my life have told me I have an open mind, not a racist mind, even when I was doing Social Work.

Perhaps the "dangerous ground" you write of is the national politicization of race.

National politicization of issues has become sucker bait and sound bites.

Perhaps that's where the ground is of which you write.

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Having worked and lived in communities of mixed race most of my life I have come to the conclusion that the vast number of people who accuse others of being racist are actually themselves racist.  They define individuals based on their unchangeable characteristics (race, religion, gender, national origin, etc)  while accusing others who are different then them of doing so because they are different. 

Most remind me of children who when they do not have a valid response call others names

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The first Japanes arrived in Acapulco in 1613. He wa a Samurai from the city of Sendei. I helped a Japanese tourist agency work on a promotion  between Japan and Mexico for the 400 year anniversary.. Sendei makes small dolls called kukoshi and they shpped a bunch of these dolls to Mexico to have Mexican artisans decorate them and held exhibition  in Japan with these dolls.. In CHiapas i the SSoconuco there is a town that is mostly Japanese... I know someone who is part of a Japanesefoundation who is helping kids further their education.. In Chiapas we have descendents of the CHinese that were brought in to build the railroad.. theymostly live in Tapachula, Japanese who live in the Soconusco and Koreans, a small group was brought in to Tuxtla and their decendeant are called chinese but it is obvious by their last names that they came from Korean imigrants.

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On 4/6/2020 at 7:52 PM, HoneyBee said:

Growing up in Geneva, Switzerland we could buy marshmallow candy covered in chocolate  from the local grocery store. They were called "tete de negre" which translate to "nigger head" and no one ever blinked an eye. (The packaging had the name on it as well). 

tete de negre was not a racist name.. "Negre "in the 40´s and 50´s was the equivalent of negros  and negroes that is what blacks were called. "Negre" was only racist or insulting if preceded by "sale"..

Black in France in the 40´s and 50´s were totally accepted and liked.  Most of them were artists or wealthy students from the ex colonies.. We live next to a building owned by Senegal. all the people there were rich Senegalese students and most of the ended up marrying white women, usually blond .. either natural or not..

With the civil rights in the States .." negre" became a bad word and "Noir""Black" and with the arrival of many poor black migrants there is a resentment against them but that is relatively recent...  

Blacks in France suffered from reverse racism they were liked, at least in Paris and inter marriage was not frowned upon.  

 

 

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