Racism's head on a platter



I tried...I really tried to get into a racist’s mind (in order to comprehend it) but I had no success whatsoever: I failed in yielding to ignorance.

Whenever I hear, watch or witness racist remarks and acts, my heart saddens and my intellect repudiates it.

Portugal is a country that takes pride in its cultural diversity and ethnical blends. After the US 2008 elections people would participate in forums stating that we are the country of the “Barack Obamas” (I’d beg to differ for although we have plenty of mulattoes here, it must be said that, generally speaking, they are hardly like President Obama).

Racism dwells in Portugal.
It is not blunt, it is not loud; it is as quiet as the Angel of Death.
It all starts in school: teachers will refer to the minorities as “You people” (Jewish kids are excluded for, in Portugal, they make a secret out of their ethnicity); they’ll flunk minorities living in poor neighbourhoods, with the poor excuse that “what chance do they have anyway? Let’s not elude them!”. These teachers will prove innumerable times to be exactly what they are – a bunch of ignorant low-lives who contribute to the economic regression of our nation.
Then it continues in universities: Professors will still be treating the minorities as “you people” and they will go even farther – they mistake black student A for black student B and when a correction is made, the sub-human professor will shout that he has no obligation to tell black students apart for they are all the same, they all look alike...I rest my case.

I could go on and on with examples, but what I’ve just shared offers a pretty good idea of how rotten the foundations of this country are.
Yes, we all dance Kizomba now; yes, our most internationally known artists stem from the minorities (ex: Mariza and Buraka Som Sistema); yes, the nation is eating Muamba (an Angolan dish) and Cachupa (a Cape Verdean dish); yes, the Portuguese youth uses the African interjections; yes, the Portuguese marry East-Europeans; yes, the Brazilian rhythms & cuisine are much appreciated; yes, yes, yes....but no, no, no.
If one the foundations of any economy (Education) suggests that racism (thus the humiliation of human beings based on their ethnicity) is acceptable; and brainwashes kids into thinking that they’re nothing, that they do not stand a chance, that school is not for them and delinquency is the only way out...this country deserves to be the laughing stock of Europe.

I have a Portuguese friend who was infatuated by a Jewish young man. I encouraged her to pursue a relationship with him, because he struck me as a delightful human being. A minute passed and she decided to appal me by saying that despite her feelings she could never introduce him to her family...God forbid that she’d introduce a Jew to her father. I vomited...in shock I wondered what kind of sub-human dared to call herself my friend...obviously, I had to tell her off.

I am multi-racial; my skin is fairer than many caucasian’s; I was victim of racism only once in my life (I was 7 years old and a little dark white girl [in private school] called me "nigger" – I didn’t even know the meaning of such word, for my parents never made use of such language at home, yet I felt the hate in her mental-diarrhoea [of course, my mother managed to get her expelled from the school]) but from that day onward I pledged myself to defend the defenceless...and for that reason:

I want the head of racism on a Platinum Platter!



Image: Salome with the head of the Baptist by Onorio Marinari

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  1. Chère max,
    Je suis tellement en communion avec votre ressenti, je pleure des larmes de sang chaque fois qu'une agression raciste, même masquée,
    fait allusion aux origines, pour dévaloriser l'Être,

    je suis blessée pour celui qui reçoit.
    Je suis honteuse d'impuissance à faire le chemin dans ce "ressort" de quel instinct de mort? chez celui qui baffoue.

    Comment rejoindre cet état d'agression si ce n'est qu'en remontant dans l'éducation reçue...
    Il y a autant de bétise entretenue, que de réelle haine envers la différence.

    La suprématie de la race est une inconvenance, d'origine criminelle, passible de crime contre l'humanité.
    Les mots s'emmellent... pardon.
    Sérénity relative, où, Partance

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  2. Somehow I can't bring myself to view Judaism as a race - even though I have a Jewish grandmother. If you marry a Jew, you are marrying into a religion (usually atheism here in the US, but sometimes Judaism), a set of traditions, and taking on a Jewish mother-in-law.

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  3. I have to be honest. I don't feel predjudiced against any particular race, but I do have a distaste for certain cultures. For example, even within my own race, there are cultures of people that I refer to as "low life". They do things such as steal, or cheat, or lie, or are immoral in other ways. Some might say that is a predjudice. But my "predjudice" isn't because of skin color or race, but more about the actions of that person. I don't care what color they are, if they act inappropriately toward society and fellow humans, I have a distaste toward them. But I have been taught to treat all people as children of God, so I will continue to show respect to them, even if their actions are, in my opinion, intolerable.

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  4. I don't understand racism at all. It makes no sense to me at all. We should celebrate and embrace our cultural differences and be glad the world has so much to offer.

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  5. Salut Sérénity :D!

    "Je suis tellement en communion avec votre ressenti, je pleure des larmes de sang chaque fois qu'une agression raciste, même masquée,
    fait allusion aux origines, pour dévaloriser l'Être,"

    Merci beaucoup, ma chére: on doit joindre les mains pour lutter contre n'importe quel forme de préjugé - en particulier le masqué, parce en est le plus dangereux.
    Comme j'ai dit dans le post: le racisme me dégoûte; me soulève le coeur.

    "Je suis honteuse d'impuissance à faire le chemin dans ce "ressort" de quel instinct de mort? chez celui qui baffoue."

    Celui qui baffoue est ainsi raciste que le sub-humain que profère des mots racistes, je te dis moi...

    "Comment rejoindre cet état d'agression si ce n'est qu'en remontant dans l'éducation reçue...Il y a autant de bétise entretenue, que de réelle haine envers la différence."

    C'est vraie...

    "La suprématie de la race est une inconvenance, d'origine criminelle, passible de crime contre l'humanité."

    Absolument! Je suis totalement d'accord avec toi!

    "Les mots s'emmellent... pardon."

    Pas de probléme, ma chére...ça va?

    Sérénity, merci infiniment pour ta participation: t'as soulevé une question trés pertinente (le rôle que la éducation joue en tout ça), pour laquelle je te remercie :D!

    Cheers

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  6. Hey Looney :D!

    "Somehow I can't bring myself to view Judaism as a race - even though I have a Jewish grandmother."

    Judaism is more than a religion - it is a nation (God separated the Jewish people to be His chosen people, His chosen nation).
    Plus, there are secular Jews (who do not observe all [or none of the] religious rituals, nevertheless they do not stop being so - ethnically speaking).

    We are not to look at Judaism the same way we look at Christianity or Islamism, or any other religion - it is a whole different issue.

    Why can't you view Judaism as a race? Jewish people can be identified by their DNA.

    "If you marry a Jew, you are marrying into a religion (usually atheism here in the US, but sometimes Judaism), a set of traditions, and taking on a Jewish mother-in-law."

    If a gentile marries a Jew it may or not, marry into a religion and a set of traditions (it has no choice about the mother-in-law though lol); in this case you are right: this individual is not ethnically Jewish, but the spouse is. And the kids will be too (it will show in their DNA).

    Looney, this is one challenging debate: I am loving it...thanks :D!

    Cheers

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  7. Hey MW :D!

    I don't understand it either; and I tried to *nodding*.

    "We should celebrate and embrace our cultural differences and be glad the world has so much to offer."

    Absolutely, dear, absolutely :D! It can only enrich us!

    MW, thank you a million for your input; I appreciated it :D!

    Cheers

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  8. Hey D!

    :D

    "I have to be honest."

    Please do!

    "I don't feel predjudiced against any particular race, but I do have a distaste for certain cultures."

    Oh, how I understand you! There are certain behaviours within my own ethnicity that I do not condone, that I even abhor.

    "For example, even within my own race, there are cultures of people that I refer to as "low life"."

    I totally hear you! My family (the African side of it) is highly critical of other Africans (both black and white)...there are behaviours that we do not accept at all, leading us to label them as "low lives" as well.

    "They do things such as steal, or cheat, or lie, or are immoral in other ways. Some might say that is a predjudice. But my "predjudice" isn't because of skin color or race, but more about the actions of that person."

    I understand where you are coming from.

    "I don't care what color they are, if they act inappropriately toward society and fellow humans, I have a distaste toward them."

    I hear you!

    "But I have been taught to treat all people as children of God, so I will continue to show respect to them, even if their actions are, in my opinion, intolerable."

    It is the proper thing to do, darling.

    D, thank you ever so much for your contribution: loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  9. Max,

    "Why can't you view Judaism as a race? Jewish people can be identified by their DNA."

    Yes, I can probably be identified as Jewish by my DNA. In fact, my children would be identified as Jewish the same way, even though they are half Chinese, but they don't really identify with Chinese either since they are culturally different. Most of what else has been said here I agree with - that culture is much more of an issue of significance than race - especially when mixed race is becoming more common.

    My kids have learned to simply claim whatever race is the most to their advantage for achieving favorable treatment within the politically correct framework.

    Of course the Bible tells Christians that we are not to consider ourselves as members of any earthly race:

    "Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul." - 1 Peter 2:11

    So there you have it! My real race is "alien"! ;-)

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  10. Hi Max,

    Racism is a sad state of affairs when one is judged by the color of one's skin and not the merit of one's character.

    "Whenever I hear, watch or witness racist remarks and acts, my heart saddens and my intellect repudiates it."

    Me too.

    You mean they want to be like Obama? Why?

    I never knew the gravity of racism in Portugal until I read your blog, but I am not surprised. Racism is a weapon used for corralling and branding a group of people inefficient, subhuman and unnecessary.

    "It all starts in school: teachers will refer to the minorities as “You people” (Jewish kids are excluded for, in Portugal, they make a secret out of their ethnicity); they’ll flunk minorities living in poor neighbourhoods, with the poor excuse that “what chance do they have anyway? Let’s not elude them!”. These teachers will prove innumerable times to be exactly what they are – a bunch of ignorant low-lives who contribute to the economic regression of our nation."

    Please don't get me started on my teacher diatribe. (Reaching for my soapbox). My face is starting to twitch. (Thinking happy thoughts again. Breathe. Relax. Okay, I'm twitch-free.)

    "...they all look alike...I rest my case."

    Outrageous!

    Unfortunately racism seems to rear it's ugly head too often. It is a sickening fact of society, but that's why we have to combat racism with love. Nothing else will bring it to it's conclusion - and it needs A LOT OF LOVE.

    I am sorry that you were subjected to such a word. That's awful. But I am happy that it didn't affect you. You let it roll off of your back. So in that sense you HAVE WON the battle of racism because you haven't passed it on. You are a winner and it goes without saying that your mother is awesome. I wonder how that affected the girl at that age? You may have done her a favor. Instead of getting the little girl expelled, your mother should have gotten the girl's parents expelled - from the country!

    Profound post my dear.

    No Racism Cheers!

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  11. Max....my multi-racial friend....

    Madame would you please tell us what you really think? LOL

    I know you know that I also abhor racism now let me take a closer look at this article...

    First the image...I have to admit to being rather mixed about this...it is the head of John the Baptists and I think that perhaps it is in poor context here..I understand that you are just using it a as a launch pad for dialogue but it is I believe not quite appropriate...John was a good and great man (who was racially Jewish) and of course not racist...

    I suppose this conversation raises the question...what is racism? Hate and/or fear of a person by race... I have met people that are racist against their own race and I have met people of many various races that are racist against other races. No one person or group owns this sin...it is open season...and it is enormously ugly.

    I will say that I believe race is not the same as culture. A person can disagree with certain cultural nuances without having a hate or fear of the peoples of that culture. I believe that often there is much misunderstanding in this regard.

    As for the flagrant racism which seems systemic that you describe in Portugal it is many years since I have seen anything like this in Canada and it was of a much lesser degree. Is there racism here? Certainly I myself have experienced it...for example I have had parents of girls I dated stop our relationships because I am Caucasian (I would rather not name their races, as I believe that it may propagate such hate).

    Overall I would say Canada actually does a very good job in this regard. Certainly racism is not systemic here although it could be argued that Quebec policies are racist as they treat French as superior but again it could be argued that this is cultural not racial. I do have friends of visible minorities that at times are suspicious that companies or the government are racist against them but it is my experience that all of their concerns were inaccurate as I personally know Caucasians that have had the same difficulties! It seems that when people do not understand the local language and culture it can lead to mistrust...so one would think that education and interactions would help. I would agree with this however I do not believe it is humanly possible to completely eradicate racism except with God transforming our lives...

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  12. Ciao Max,

    Many will say that racism is sheer ignorance: I beg to differ.
    Somebody said that ignorance is a night without stars.

    How come a teacher/professor is a racist? Is it lack of information? In today's world? No way!
    So let's not insult ignorance (for if you cast a light upon it, it becomes radiant). That individual is an aberration, pure and simple; and deserves all the pain he inflicts on others.

    Complimenti.

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  13. Hi Max!

    Racism is a counter-productive emotion which, most of the times, escalates to cruelty.
    The cheerleaders of this abhorrent practice are usually the low of the lowest; those beings who lack understanding of a basic concept: if one plants hate, it shall harvest evil.

    The students must report (to school board first and the Media - as a last resort) on such cases for there's no reason for a teacher, professor, master to be such a sewage.

    Well done, Max.

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  14. Looney,

    "Yes, I can probably be identified as Jewish by my DNA. In fact, my children would be identified as Jewish the same way, even though they are half Chinese, but they don't really identify with Chinese either since they are culturally different. Most of what else has been said here I agree with - that culture is much more of an issue of significance than race - especially when mixed race is becoming more common."

    *nodding in agreement*...I hope you do not mind me saying this, but your kids must be so cute.
    Your kids don't identify with the Chinese culture (which is natural) but they are ethnically 1/2 Chinese - different things. For example, I am (at first sight, because there are many nuances in my family's blood) mixed of Portuguese white and African black, yet I do not identify much with the African culture nor the Portuguese one, because I feel beyond that however I am (a priori) ethnically 1/2 white and 1/2 black.

    "My kids have learned to simply claim whatever race is the most to their advantage for achieving favorable treatment within the politically correct framework."

    Really? It is good to be a chameleon...and mixed races do have that advantage.

    "Of course the Bible tells Christians that we are not to consider ourselves as members of any earthly race:"

    And the Bible says well; because in truth we are not members of any race.
    As you know, I am a mystic and as such I believe that today one can be Asian and tomorrow (in another life) be white, so...race to me, is simply an adornment.

    "So there you have it! My real race is "alien"! ;-)"

    LOL Indeed... ;)!

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  15. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Racism is a sad state of affairs when one is judged by the color of one's skin and not the merit of one's character."

    Absolutely, girl!

    "Me too."

    ^5!

    "You mean they want to be like Obama? Why?"

    No, they mean to say that Portugal has many mulattoes. They could never want to be Obama, because they do not read as much as him and most do not finish school (they only go up to 9th grade, which is the mandatory by law).

    "I never knew the gravity of racism in Portugal until I read your blog, but I am not surprised. Racism is a weapon used for corralling and branding a group of people inefficient, subhuman and unnecessary."

    Many in Portugal do not "know" it either (i.e. choose to ignore reality). If you come to Portugal, they will tell you "We do not have racism here" do not fall for it, because we do, only it is extremely subtle, tacit even; which makes it all worse.

    "Please don't get me started on my teacher diatribe. (Reaching for my soapbox). My face is starting to twitch. (Thinking happy thoughts again. Breathe. Relax. Okay, I'm twitch-free.)"

    LOL ok, I won't. Breath, Alexys *burning some incense*...think of beautiful things...that's right, relax.....
    Ah, yes, your face is back to normal...proceed...

    "Outrageous!"

    Isn't it? I didn't personally witness this (a friend told me about it), because if I had...man...all hell would've broken loose.
    I witnessed the first part I described (the "you people" in high school) and I remember getting up from my desk and having an interesting pow wow with the teacher in front of the class...of course, she never gave me an A ever again, but it was all worth it.

    "Unfortunately racism seems to rear it's ugly head too often. It is a sickening fact of society, but that's why we have to combat racism with love. Nothing else will bring it to it's conclusion - and it needs A LOT OF LOVE."

    So true, girl; so true! And you know what shocks me the most? Is that many times the people that suffered at the hands of racists will display racist behaviour at some point of their life...appalling: did they forget?

    "I am sorry that you were subjected to such a word. That's awful."

    It's ok, darling...I was more sorry for the little girl.

    "But I am happy that it didn't affect you. You let it roll off of your back. So in that sense you HAVE WON the battle of racism because you haven't passed it on. You are a winner and it goes without saying that your mother is awesome."

    No, it didn't because my parents had an important conversation with me, & my baby brother, and explained us things. It wouldn't make sense to pass it on...I didn't like what I felt when she uttered that word so I wouldn't put somebody else through that situation. Thank you *bowing*!
    My mother rocks indeed...I do not get tired of saying it :D.

    "I wonder how that affected the girl at that age? You may have done her a favor. Instead of getting the little girl expelled, your mother should have gotten the girl's parents expelled - from the country!"

    Sometimes I ask myself the same question - maybe she is now married to an Angolan guy, who knows? (that's what happens here sometimes: the daughters of racists marry African men - some sort of karma lol).
    LOL you know?

    "Profound post my dear."

    Thank you, Lady A *bowing*!

    A, what an amazing comment! Thank you for your input :D!

    Eradicate Racism Cheers

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  16. Hey LS :D!

    "Madame would you please tell us what you really think? LOL"

    LOL LOL I know, I know...

    "I know you know that I also abhor racism now let me take a closer look at this article..."

    Yes, I do know, my friend :D!

    "First the image...I have to admit to being rather mixed about this...it is the head of John the Baptists and I think that perhaps it is in poor context here..I understand that you are just using it a as a launch pad for dialogue but it is I believe not quite appropriate...John was a good and great man (who was racially Jewish) and of course not racist..."

    I knew you would say this, LS...and I confess that this was not the original image to this article, but...I changed it the minute I read a disturbing article last Sunday.
    Yes, Elijah/John the Baptist was a fine human being; but in this case he serves as a metonymy (i.e. he represents Judaism).
    The article I read was about American Jewish young people who went to Israel to spend a week of holidays: they were filmed, drunk as hell uttering racist words against President Obama and displaying their utter ignorance in an highly irresponsible fashion (with total disregard of what their words would do to other Jewish citizens in the diaspora). When I visualised that video, I thought to myself "Short memory"...these embarrassing-racist-poor-excuse-for-Jewish kids forgot that Jews were persecuted, are persecuted and will probably still be persecuted until the coming of the Mashiach - so, how dare they? For a minute, I wanted their "racist head" on a platter.

    "I suppose this conversation raises the question...what is racism? Hate and/or fear of a person by race... I have met people that are racist against their own race and I have met people of many various races that are racist against other races. No one person or group owns this sin...it is open season...and it is enormously ugly."

    It is ugly, unnatural, despicable, disgusting, abnoxious, detestful, distasteful, vulgar, abhorrent, immoral, illogical, brainless, stupid and sub-human.

    "I will say that I believe race is not the same as culture. A person can disagree with certain cultural nuances without having a hate or fear of the peoples of that culture. I believe that often there is much misunderstanding in this regard."

    No, it is not the same thing; for within the same race you have several cultures. For example, not all Africans are the same - they do not eat the same things, they do not dance the same way, they do not comb their hair the same way etc. And needless to speak of white people (white Portuguese are different than white Canadians and so forth).
    Tell me about it: I disagree with many cultural nuances within the African and Portuguese cultures...

    "Is there racism here? Certainly I myself have experienced it...for example I have had parents of girls I dated stop our relationships because I am Caucasian (I would rather not name their races, as I believe that it may propagate such hate)."

    That is awful! You must have felt terrible!
    You should expose their races, because when we speak of racism people immediately think "oh another white who is against minorities" when in fact, racism is also displayed by Black, Jewish, Asian, Indians etc people.
    I know Black people who would not want their kids to marry whites - which is totally unacceptable, it is disgusting.
    These things must be denounced, period.

    Portugal doesn't admit it has a problem. People, in general, will tell you that there is no such thing as racism here (and, in fact, you do not feel it or see it when you're here because it is done in a very subtle way).

    "I would agree with this however I do not believe it is humanly possible to completely eradicate racism except with God transforming our lives..."

    May God light this world....

    LS, thank you so much for your fantastic comment: you are a precious gem :D!

    Cheers

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  17. Ciao Dux :D!

    "Many will say that racism is sheer ignorance: I beg to differ. Somebody said that ignorance is a night without stars."

    Confucius, right? "Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or star"

    "How come a teacher/professor is a racist? Is it lack of information? In today's world? No way!"

    In their case is not lack of information (which would contradict their status as professors/teachers); it is mere stupidity.

    "So let's not insult ignorance (for if you cast a light upon it, it becomes radiant). That individual is an aberration, pure and simple; and deserves all the pain he inflicts on others."

    LOL yes, let's not (this is beautiful, Dux). Absolutely!

    "Complimenti."

    Grazie, grazie tante *inchinandomi*!

    Dux Probus, what an outstanding comment: a true delight to my mind....thank you for such gift :D!

    Cheers

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  18. Circulus Ciceronis, Hello!! :D

    "Racism is a counter-productive emotion which, most of the times, escalates to cruelty."

    True.

    "The cheerleaders of this abhorrent practice are usually the low of the lowest; those beings who lack understanding of a basic concept: if one plants hate, it shall harvest evil."

    Absolutely!! They are the low of the lowest that have the gift to make us (the true humans) nauseous *nodding*.

    "The students must report (to school board first and the Media - as a last resort) on such cases for there's no reason for a teacher, professor, master to be such a sewage."

    They should, but unfortunately they don't. I can tell you that I didn't witness the University Professor's dumb-a**e episode (because you know I didn't take my university studies under the Portuguese Educational system), but if I had you know I would've spoken out (and probably flunk every year lol); but I did witness the first episode I described and I told the teacher off (interestingly enough, she was from Mozambique)...from what I heard (many years later) she never disrespected a student ever again from that day onward.

    "Well done, Max."

    Thanks, guys :D!

    C.C, thanks you ever so much for your superb input: as always, I loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  19. Olá Max,

    This is your mother.

    I loved this topic for it is a reminder that despite all the development, the human race is yet to find ways to synchronize its intellect with its essence.
    It is obvious that DNA talks and, exempting minor nuances, so far it is thought that the human core is pretty much the same; then what is the reason for grotesque demonstrations of racism?

    You are aware that I've learnt the meaning of being a person in a Catholic boarding school (with whites, blacks, Indians, pakistanis, chinese and the mix of all of these) where everyone was treated equally under the same circumstances. Inside those walls there was no race but people, who walked on other's shoes (i.e. understand other's pain, joy, tears, laughter, rage, kindness and so on so forth).

    Those were the days when I (black, Indian, white, mulatto) had decided for good to dismiss race.
    Although for reasoning sake and taxonomy purposes I accept to be classified as black - however I made clear to myself and others that I'm a person that happens to be black.

    Hence, sweet Max, 25 years ago when you suffered your first major disappointment, obviously out of stupidity and jealousy, I've done everything in my power to get that mini-racist booted out of that school.

    Ironically, today, I am saddened by the despicable display of racism performed by young Jewish American students in Israel. One would only hope that after having 6 million of their people decimated out of sheer racism, those youngsters would know better.

    I detest political rallies for I believe that 2/3 of all participants don't have a mind of their own; as for the remaining 1/3, half of them are a ill-intended bunch of idiots and the other half is a flock of emotional radicals who will never solve anything (since they are narrow-thinkers).
    However, during both show-downs between Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas; I really wanted to join a counter-rally to support Israel. I couldn't find anyone for the trend , in Europe at least, is to go against Israel.

    My question is: where were these youngsters who puked impropriety against their own President? I know they were hiding just like regular cowards, instead of galvanizing by all means other young people to join their cause: support Israel.

    Beijinhos

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  20. Max:

    Wow, you do like to start fires don't you? This topic should burn a hole in the Internet.

    Racism. I hate that word because it's like a drum that's been beaten till no more sound comes out. It's dead.

    We, the US, have been tagged with the dubious title of the most racist country in the world. How would you like that moniker?

    But, the way we in the US define racism is ridiculous. For instance, if you don't like Iran, you're okay. But if you don't like Israel, you're antisemitic. It's weird though, because they're both Semitic countries, or, should I say, Semitic cultures?

    As to our preferences in colleges and jobs, every minority group gets a free pass except for the Japanese. What's with that?

    Several cities in the Los Angeles area hire 95% hispanics. Why don't they have to comply with diversity policies like predominately European cities?

    Racism is a cancer, there's no argument from me about that. But we can't expect everybody to love every other person's culture. Appreciate? Yes. Marry into? No. The fact is that people naturally gravitate towards their own culture and racial background when searching for a lifetime mate. Not always, of course. My Queen and I are a mixed racial family. But we don't think of ourselves that way. We just love each other. Not all of our children, however, think the same way as we do. They are very sensitive to racial issues.

    I think the world is moving towards a uni-racial DNA pool. But it's not there yet. Don't forget. There a few billion Chinese out there who haven't even began to make their mark on the international scene yet. Compared to them, all the rest of us are just minorities. How about that? Yet, at least over here, they are considered a racial minority and are entitled to all the benefits of that dubious classification.

    As to you indictment of the ignorant teachers, well, I never met a teacher who didn't have their head up their backside. Their attitude about racism is only the tip of the iceberg. What about the political manipulation of young minds? To me, that's just as bad.

    Max, I don't have the answer. But I'm willing to listen. How can we make it all happen? How can we ensure a life without prejudice, and crime and heartache for all people? I fear, there is not enough time left for me to see that brave new world. So, in the meantime...

    Happy trails my friend.

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  21. Olá Mãe :D!

    "I loved this topic for it is a reminder that despite all the development, the human race is yet to find ways to synchronize its intellect with its essence."

    So true.

    "It is obvious that DNA talks and, exempting minor nuances, so far it is thought that the human core is pretty much the same; then what is the reason for grotesque demonstrations of racism?"

    I have no idea, mom... and God knows that I have tried to seek for this particular reason...yet I failed.

    "You are aware that I've learnt the meaning of being a person in a Catholic boarding school (with whites, blacks, Indians, pakistanis, chinese and the mix of all of these) where everyone was treated equally under the same circumstances. Inside those walls there was no race but people, who walked on other's shoes (i.e. understand other's pain, joy, tears, laughter, rage, kindness and so on so forth)."

    Yes, I know...and I always found it interesting how the Catholic nuns managed to run a boarding school so efficiently (i.e. enhance the human being in every girl, putting thus in second plan the skin differences that characterised their "shell").

    "Those were the days when I (black, Indian, white, mulatto) had decided for good to dismiss race.
    Although for reasoning sake and taxonomy purposes I accept to be classified as black - however I made clear to myself and others that I'm a person that happens to be black."

    I totally hear you! We are our essence, our Self...not the cloak that covers our soul.

    "Ironically, today, I am saddened by the despicable display of racism performed by young Jewish American students in Israel. One would only hope that after having 6 million of their people decimated out of sheer racism, those youngsters would know better."

    Isn't it awful? I was shocked when I learned it *nodding*.
    You know? One would think they'd know better indeed...

    "However, during both show-downs between Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas; I really wanted to join a counter-rally to support Israel. I couldn't find anyone for the trend , in Europe at least, is to go against Israel."

    So true...Europe still nurtures that secret wish to obliterate all Jews from its continent...it is so sad and disappointing.

    "My question is: where were these youngsters who puked impropriety against their own President? I know they were hiding just like regular cowards, instead of galvanizing by all means other young people to join their cause: support Israel."

    *nodding in utter agreement*...absolutely. They should be ashamed of themselves...

    Mãe, obrigada pelo teu super comentário...you have brought up very good points and an excellent rebuke: loved it *hug*!

    Beijinhos

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  22. Motto :
    "We should celebrate and embrace our cultural differences and be glad the world has so much to offer"

    Well, well, we should separate here some things.

    1. I do believe, that people should be judged on their contributions. In science, for example, I am fascinated by Japaneese, by their diligency and original ideas. (Scientific) contibution to mankind is irrespective of race or whatsoever.

    2. On the other hand, cultural diversity may cause a lot of stress. And to be honest I do not like stress at all.

    Just some examples :
    2.1. I have observed, that youth of Moroccan origin tend to behave noisy in the trains, tend to spit and listen to loud music. And I do not like that.
    2.2. Gypsies identify themselves as "impulsive" people. Which in the practice means, that if they accidentally "choose the wrong end of the queue" and you dare to warn them they may beat you up ( or even stab in some extreme cases ).

    Well, stress is an inevitable part of our lives. If you want to earn your money, you inevitably do that in a stressy environment ( except for those happy few ) .
    However I do believe, that the advocated "multi-cultural society" increases the average stess niveau unnecessarily. ( I have to travel every day 53 minutes to work by train. Would you like to listen to Moroccan rap for that long time ? )
    My point is, that
    2.1. I gain nothing with this extra stress : there is no "stress premium".
    2.2. This extra stress could be circumvented if we explained our minorities what can be done and what cannot be done. Now everyone is just coming with his/her "rights" but ignores the obligations. Such an obligation can be, e,g., to disturb the fellow citizen as little as possible, etc.
    2.3. I have a feeling to live in a skanzen, being a part of a social experiment. I am put in the environment of the "political correctness" which may inhibit any discussion on these topics.

    I think, that the " racism" is to be attributed to things like these. Everybody likes peace, nobody likes to be stressed. Apperently people think their own comfort more precious than the " PC principles", giving rise to "racism" : that is it.

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  23. Hey Swu :D!

    Part I

    [I am so sorry, I had replied to your comment yesterday, but somehow it didn't show up in the comment section *nodding*]

    "Wow, you do like to start fires don't you? This topic should burn a hole in the Internet."

    LOL well....lol ;). You reckon?

    "Racism. I hate that word because it's like a drum that's been beaten till no more sound comes out. It's dead."

    *nodding in agreement*...it is quite demodé, isn't it? Yet, it keeps lurking...

    "We, the US, have been tagged with the dubious title of the most racist country in the world. How would you like that moniker?"

    I know the US have been labelled as such, but I have concluded that it isn't true. What happens is: the US was more blunt about it than other countries. Other countries are more subtle, thus more dangerous and difficult to tackle - but we are here to fight it.

    "But, the way we in the US define racism is ridiculous. For instance, if you don't like Iran, you're okay. But if you don't like Israel, you're antisemitic. It's weird though, because they're both Semitic countries, or, should I say, Semitic cultures?"

    LOL it is true. However, Iran violates human rights in the lowest form possible (mind you, I speak not of its nuclear program, cause I am still thinking about it); whereas Israel doesn't. Nevertheless, I do not understand why a person cannot disagree with Israel without being labelled as antisemitic...it doesn't make sense. This would be the same as one not agreeing with African leaders's shameful policies and be labelled as racist...please.
    Iran is persian not semitic.

    "As to our preferences in colleges and jobs, every minority group gets a free pass except for the Japanese. What's with that?"

    Why not the Japanese? This reminds me of the Nazi who considered everybody to be "a racial pollution" except the Japanese....*nodding*.

    Continued....

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  24. Swu,

    Part II

    (I had to split my comment in two - Blogger issues)

    "Several cities in the Los Angeles area hire 95% hispanics. Why don't they have to comply with diversity policies like predominately European cities?"

    That is a good question...do you think it is because there is some sort of historical guilt?

    "Racism is a cancer, there's no argument from me about that."

    True.

    "But we can't expect everybody to love every other person's culture. Appreciate? Yes. Marry into? No. The fact is that people naturally gravitate towards their own culture and racial background when searching for a lifetime mate."

    Ah, but I speak not of culture...I speak of skin melanin differences.
    My mother has a friend, who is mixed (black and white, from Mozambique) and she kept telling us (my brother and I) not to get married to black people from Angola because their ways were different than ours...we just looked at her; but the fact is, my brother took her advice closely...

    "Not always, of course. My Queen and I are a mixed racial family. But we don't think of ourselves that way. We just love each other. Not all of our children, however, think the same way as we do. They are very sensitive to racial issues."

    My parents do not think of themselves in that way either. Aww, that is so beautiful :)! Well, I understand where your kids are coming from...

    "I think the world is moving towards a uni-racial DNA pool. But it's not there yet. Don't forget. There a few billion Chinese out there who haven't even began to make their mark on the international scene yet. Compared to them, all the rest of us are just minorities. How about that? Yet, at least over here, they are considered a racial minority and are entitled to all the benefits of that dubious classification."

    You are right. Funny, here we do not have special benefits for the minorities...if they want to thrive they have to fight for it just like everyone else (and in some cases they have to fight harder them some, but that's the way things are).

    "As to you indictment of the ignorant teachers, well, I never met a teacher who didn't have their head up their backside. Their attitude about racism is only the tip of the iceberg. What about the political manipulation of young minds? To me, that's just as bad."

    Again, you are right: political manipulation is just as bad. I remember one teacher I had who tried to brainwash us into her political views *nodding*.

    "Max, I don't have the answer. But I'm willing to listen. How can we make it all happen? How can we ensure a life without prejudice, and crime and heartache for all people? I fear, there is not enough time left for me to see that brave new world. So, in the meantime..."

    Swu, I don't have the answer either...the only thing I can do is what I do already: be an example (act correctly towards my fellow human beings, respect them as such and look beyond their flesh) to others.

    My dear friend, thank you ever so much for your outstanding comment: as always, I loved it! :D

    Cheers

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  25. Racism is intolerable and must be condemned by all. But there is one other thing that I find difficult to understand. I’ve experienced on a few occasions that when I’ve helped someone from another country, they’ve accused me of racism if things do not go their way.

    Bearing in mind that when it’s happened they are under some pressure from sources far removed from me, I still shake my head in bewilderment.

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  26. First Murder then Racism, lol, good for you.

    I myself cannot for the life of me understand why we can't all get along, we are all equal in God's eyes, why do we as a society differentiate between us, I will never understand this fact.

    Racism is alive even here in Saskatoon. I have a hard working lady from Trinidad who works for me and she is treated different, even harsh remarks are thrown her way by a few shoppers she encounters while cleaning, so sad.

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  27. Well said and written Max and about all this said things happens between people, I say: 'Blogging connecting people' as it break down cultural, religious and other barriers. So keep on blogging about it in your open-minded way!

    Btw: Sorry I haven't been around that much lately. Have been travelling and my first post from Budapest is up.

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  28. Hello again, Peste!

    "Motto : "We should celebrate and embrace our cultural differences and be glad the world has so much to offer""

    This is a nice motto...

    "2. On the other hand, cultural diversity may cause a lot of stress. And to be honest I do not like stress at all."

    Don't you find this comment of yours to be in contradiction to the motto you used here?

    "2.1. I have observed, that youth of Moroccan origin tend to behave noisy in the trains, tend to spit and listen to loud music. And I do not like that."

    The Spanish, the Italians, the Portuguese, the Brazilians and others are noisy too, so what?
    Spitting is lack of manners, not a cultural factor. Listening to music loud is celebrating life...don't you like music?

    "2.2. Gypsies identify themselves as "impulsive" people. Which in the practice means, that if they accidentally "choose the wrong end of the queue" and you dare to warn them they may beat you up ( or even stab in some extreme cases )."

    LOL there you go with the stereotypes...*nodding*.

    "( I have to travel every day 53 minutes to work by train. Would you like to listen to Moroccan rap for that long time ? )"

    Yes, I would...I love rap.
    People are happy, why don't you join them in their happiness...you would see that it is much easier to cope with life if you do.

    "2.2. This extra stress could be circumvented if we explained our minorities what can be done and what cannot be done."

    It depends on your views of what "can be done and cannot"...what do you mean by it exactly?
    I am all for rules and good conduct; but frankly what you are saying here is that we should limit people's freedom to express themselves and their joy.

    "2.3. I have a feeling to live in a skanzen, being a part of a social experiment. I am put in the environment of the "political correctness" which may inhibit any discussion on these topics."

    I dislike PC. So, you are free to discuss these topics here, as long as you do not disrespect others.

    "I think, that the " racism" is to be attributed to things like these. Everybody likes peace, nobody likes to be stressed. Apperently people think their own comfort more precious than the " PC principles", giving rise to "racism" : that is it."

    Racism (from race: skin colour) is different than cultural factors, which in turn are different than manners and decency.
    I think you are mixing everything up. Yeah, you've come across with some rude folks...but their culture is not to be blamed by it; and so should not be their race.

    Peste, again, thanks for sharing your opinion here :D!

    Cheers

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  29. Hey Peter :D!

    "Racism is intolerable and must be condemned by all. But there is one other thing that I find difficult to understand. I’ve experienced on a few occasions that when I’ve helped someone from another country, they’ve accused me of racism if things do not go their way."

    I hear you! Yes, I have encountered some situations as such too. Hell, I have been called racist by white people here in Portugal *nodding*. It is sad when fellow humans get confused and make false accusations...

    "Bearing in mind that when it’s happened they are under some pressure from sources far removed from me, I still shake my head in bewilderment."

    I know exactly what you mean, Pete...

    Peter, thank you so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  30. Hey Bob :D!

    "First Murder then Racism, lol, good for you."

    LOL thanks, mate!

    "I myself cannot for the life of me understand why we can't all get along, we are all equal in God's eyes, why do we as a society differentiate between us, I will never understand this fact."

    Yes, we are all equal in God's eyes...you are right. It is hard to understand, indeed *nodding*.

    "Racism is alive even here in Saskatoon. I have a hard working lady from Trinidad who works for me and she is treated different, even harsh remarks are thrown her way by a few shoppers she encounters while cleaning, so sad."

    That is sad, man! :( Poor woman...

    Lord of the Astrostuff, thank you ever so much for your comment :D! Ah, and have fun this coming weekend ;)!

    Cheers

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  31. Hey Renny :D!

    "Well said and written Max and about all this said things happens between people, I say: 'Blogging connecting people' as it break down cultural, religious and other barriers. So keep on blogging about it in your open-minded way!"

    Thank you, my friend *bowing*! Absolutely! Thanks, Renny...you can count on me to do it :D!

    "Btw: Sorry I haven't been around that much lately. Have been travelling and my first post from Budapest is up."

    Yes, I know you have been away...it's ok, mate :D! Ah, I will be there to read and comment it :D!

    Renny, thanks a million for your words of encouragement: I appreciate it :D!

    Cheers

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  32. Hey Max! Glad to hear you had a great week. :) Sorry I'm late, something went wrong with the computer, but i'm glad it's been fixed.

    Happy Wednesday! :)

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  33. Hey Liza,

    Sorry to hear about your computer; but at least it is fixed :D!

    You are never late, darling :D!

    Thanks, my friend: have a great wednesday *hug*!

    Cheers

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  34. I find these two sentences beautiful and so true:


    Racism dwells in Portugal.
    It is not blunt, it is not loud; it is as quiet as the Angel of Death

    It is the same in North America. Much emphasize is put on being politically correct and you would never hear anything dropping the "n" bomb or anything racism slur. But at the same time, mentalities are slow to change and racism do exist, it's just quieter.

    I sometimes hate this politically correct society because euphemisms can be as deadly as violent slurs. I'm white, Feng is Asian, and we love to openly make fun of stereotypes. I'm the "white nerd" because I like computer and spend time online when Feng doesn't (and people always assume he is the geeky one, because of course ALL Asians are geeky). Feng is the "Asian European" since he loves arguing about art and me, who grew up in France, not so much. Etc etc.

    People who hear us are sometimes offended. But I find this way of debunking stereotypes more honest... and more efficient!

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  35. Hey Zhu :D!

    "I find these two sentences beautiful and so true: "Racism dwells in Portugal. It is not blunt, it is not loud; it is as quiet as the Angel of Death"

    Thank you, darling *bowing*!

    "It is the same in North America. Much emphasize is put on being politically correct and you would never hear anything dropping the "n" bomb or anything racism slur. But at the same time, mentalities are slow to change and racism do exist, it's just quieter."

    I hear you!

    "I sometimes hate this politically correct society because euphemisms can be as deadly as violent slurs."

    I dislike PC intensely as well - it is so hypocritical *nodding*. I agree with you.

    "I'm white, Feng is Asian, and we love to openly make fun of stereotypes. I'm the "white nerd" because I like computer and spend time online when Feng doesn't (and people always assume he is the geeky one, because of course ALL Asians are geeky). Feng is the "Asian European" since he loves arguing about art and me, who grew up in France, not so much. Etc etc."

    You and Feng are such a gorgeous couple: I swear! So, since he is Asian he should be the geek, eh? LOL Stereotypes kill me *nodding*.
    Ah, the opposites attract...c'est l'amour :)!

    "People who hear us are sometimes offended. But I find this way of debunking stereotypes more honest... and more efficient!"

    Why are they offended? Again, I agree with you...

    Zhu, thank you ever so much for your fantastic comment: I loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  36. I, like you, cannot understand racism. I cannot put my head around the concept....it is totally foreign to me.

    What I find as interesting, and this may be god's plan, I find people of a mutli racial background to be both, better looking, and more tolerant.

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  37. Hey Mel :D!

    "I, like you, cannot understand racism. I cannot put my head around the concept....it is totally foreign to me."

    I hear you!

    "What I find as interesting, and this may be god's plan, I find people of a mutli racial background to be both, better looking, and more tolerant."

    I found something interesting in your words "this may be god's plan"...how so *curious face*?
    It is true that mixed blood, generally speaking, produces better looking people (although I know some ugly multiracial folks lol). About being tolerant...yes, generally speaking they are (but always there are exceptions, which do is not logical).

    Mel, my friend, thank you ever so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  38. Dear Max all I can say you have a strong character, and I think you get it from your mom. I hate racism myself, I don't even know how to do it! Max you tell them, you should ruled the country and teach some manners. Excellent post idea as always. Anna :)

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  39. Hey Anna :D!

    Thanks, darling *bowing*! Ah, for sure my mother transmitted me good values :).

    LOL rule the country, me? Oh no...I wouldn't have the much required patience lol *nodding*.

    Thanks for your kindness and support, girl: you rock :D!

    Cheers

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  40. Hi Max

    wow!! I can't believe how prevalent racism is. Here in Melbourne, Australia, it's pretty multicultural and I couldn't imagine any teachers getting away with discriminating against a student due to the "race" label. Ridiculous stuff.

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