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Cuz people choose to be ignorant when it furthers there cause. Like someone else said, it's all about the blame game.
I meant that I'm more Petro Kropotkin than Karl Marx.
Exactly. And only someone as politically nitpicky and overanalytical as Karl Marx would point out that they are not, in fact, like Karl Mrx when, to the eyes of all non-anarchist/communist/socialist/glowing fist with reddish-orange background people, he sounds just like him.
With his previous bourgeousie comment anyways.
Race is a category of identity - it's a way for people to feel like they're part of something, as if they're superior for simply being born. It is a convenient way for the masses of a certain "race" to identify with the upper classes over equally poor people of a different color (in a divide-and-conquer fashion expounded on by Howard Zinn), as if they're entitled to special priveleges in society... in other words, it's a disgusting form of caste... one that is unfortunately all too common today in tacitly "de facto" segregated neighborhoods everybody loves to pretend don't exist in the 21st Century.
Put another way,
1. White upper classes with political power see that lower peoples are rising up in solidarity against regressive policies that primarily benefit these upper classes.
2. White upper classes create a caste system designed to benefit people of certain groups (Voting blocs in a democracy), primarily by race for convenience, who will remain faithful to and identify with these upper classes as long as special priveleges and benefits are in place for them.
3. A sort of hierarchy emerges, with the lowest classes often being the most numerous and the most scapegoated.
Jews are a special case, frequently scapegoated because they are almost always a minority group by the religion's hereditary and non-evangelical nature. Jews are told not to try and convert people, thus giving off the impression that they're some ultra-secretive, conspiratorial cult all around the world bent on making your life miserable. The masses love to believe they're oppressed, so they buy into such lunacy and become anti-semites, unknowlingly supporting a racial caste system.
I feel like allot of racists feel like failures so they turn to group accomplishments for pride. (I still live with my mom, can't hold down a job or date. But I'm white and Einstein was white, therefor I'm a great scientist)
Maybe we should just delete the word race.
Couldn't be any racists if we were all classified as 'humans.' You know. Humanity. All that good stuff. We're all equal, blah blah.
Asking why racists exist is sort of like asking why humans have flaws (in my simple opinion). Although some people may be obviously 'racist,' I believe that there are psychological experiments where people tend to treat certain races more favorably? I'm not sure though, it's been a long time.
There have been psychological experiements where people have treated each other more favorably based on arbitrary distinctions. Look up the blue eyed/brown eyed experiment (in which children in a classroom were segregated based on eye color and began to act accordingly superior or deferential).
Some would argue that unconscious differences in how races are treated are products of soceity hammering distinctions into our heads so much we don't even realize they're there. As an example (or anti-example)- in ancient Egypt, there were a few hundred years where the kingdom was ruled by pharohs from Ethiopia. All of them were black. Aside from darker paint used on their portraits, the records make no mention of this fact- because nobody cared. The fact that they were black wasn't special or noteworthy at all because ancient Egyptian society was not trained to see skin color as a distinction. The shade of your complexion was about as important as your height or hair length.