Well, no. Why? Because these 'fastest' people - black, white or puce - are such a tiny minority of any group as to be almost invisible; you'd only be a racist in this regard if you believed that the vast majority of blacks were 'faster' than the vast majority of whites (which is clearly absurd, and I'm sure you don't believe that!), and if anyone really cared which group was 'faster'AndrewEskeClarke said:I do not want to sound rude, but the handle NoahAfrican strikes in me memories of stories of Marcus Garvey, founder of the "Black Star Line" and a leader in the "back-to-Africa" movement, as well as sounding quite similar to the kind of name one use to spoof a black supremacist for a character in a movie.
Also, the tone of your first post implies that you feel all "whites" are racist. I believe that racism is defined, as per dictionary.com, as "The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others." I would think that claiming one group of people shares the same characteristic, of course excluding the pervading characteristic in that group that makes them a group, whether this characteristic is complimenting or insulting, would be racist. Personally that makes me racist because I think the fastest black people are faster than the fastest white people.
Yes, if they are referring to the whole group (not just a tiny, tiny number within that group).But it would also make someone racist who says something derogatory about any race, whether or not that race is a minority or not.
However, if in the course of such a debate, a debater introduces a quote from an organisation whose public stance is clearly racist (in the true meaning of your definition), it behooves us to make that connection known too.I am sorry to bandy about this word racism, because, as Blackvision says, we should debate an arguements merits and not call people racist.
To extend this, if we think globally, what calculus do we use to redress the myriad of wrongs visited on people in many lands over the past century, millenium, and more? If you are a direct descendant of a slave brought to what we now call Greece, from (say) what we now call Iran, how do we calculate the redress owed to you? Since the pages of history are soaked in blood and tears, there will be a great many claims, and claimants.I would like to address the issue of reparations though. Some would have us believe that poor african americans are in such a state in large part because of the reprucussions of slavery. But slavery ended over 140 years ago. And we all have many examples and role models in the "black" community to look up to from 40 years ago, a mere 100 years after slavery was abolished and during a time when racism permeated a much larger part of american culture than it currently does, all of whom overcame not only the more recent reprecussions of slavery but also the much more difficult hurdles of mass racism, which was much more prevasive back then. So how is it that they overcame all these hurdles 40 years ago that we are now supposed to think will still hold down many poor african americans?
These are just my veiws, and are pretty ignorant and not exactly expressed as clearly as i would like, but I'm by far not the brightest nor the most articulate member of these forums and in fact am quite new and not used to how y'all do things, so i hope I haven't offended anyone.