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Nat said in January 20th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I know The Boy’s school is much more culturally varied than mine ever was. It’s my impression that it’s not the big deal that it was even when, for instance, the Vietnamese refugees arrived at my very white school. I do know, however, that he doesn’t quite understand why it’s a big deal that Barrack Obama is black. I don’t think it’s within his framework. (That being said, we’re Canadian — so the race issue is slightly different.) Like your guy, I think he just thinks it’s a cool name.

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whall said in January 22nd, 2009 at 4:54 am

I don’d mind prejudice. I don’t mind discriminating. As long as that which we discriminate is fair, and what we prejudge is logical.

A gang of hoodlums with lowered pants, scarfs, chains, whooping it up and going down the street? There’s no prejudice on my part if I lock my car and usher my family the heck out of dodge. Same as if it’s a group of tattooed shirtless skinheads with 10 piercings each.

Notice I didn’t mention race in either of my examples. Race is irrelevant. It’s the activities and risk involved. Behavior. Environment.

Now, if I were in my car, and the guy in his car next to me is a black executive, and when I notice him and then reach over and lock my car door? That’s the bad prejudice.

Hijab is a cool sounding word, fwiw.

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