thanks for the replies everyone.
this topic is much concern to me and I can't seem to find a good place to learn more about it.
there doesn't seem to be a multiple quotation function on this forums system, so I'll do it manually
Maybe you could define what you are asking a bit more?
seeing a very specific race of people to be genuienly inferior to every other human population. for example, seeing a certain type of people to be inherently dumb, extrmely bad, not worth the air they breath, etc. and there is no hope for them to evolve to what would begin to describe them as even being 'human'.
I am trying to give an example here. I would presume that to be called 'racism', is it not?
but the thing is, such negative 'branding' or pre-made thoughts of specific groups is usually done to or applied on other groups/races than your own. but in my case, a member is ridiculing his own race. now that may not be hard to see if that individual has been exposed to other living environments- say his family moved to a foreign country and he grew up there. in that case, he would concider himself a member of his new group and thus having such remarks on his own people can be explained.
but in the case I am laying the individual is and has been living in his own environment. he doesn't consider himself not being a part of this group. yet, he still have these remarks and genuine hatred to his own kind.
I hate saying 'kind' in such a sense, but it is a description of different human races as how some use it. I am trying to be as descriptive and clear as possible.
Do you actually know what racism is?
maybe what I am asking isn't racism. there could be another terminology or a known condition for it.
Wikipedia says: "Racism has many definitions, the most common and widely accepted is that members of one "race" are intrinsically superior or inferior to members of other "races."".
So I guess you can't be racist against your own race by that definition. You can feel superior to them, but would that be classified as "racism"?
that is exactly my point. the thing I am asking here is could it be possible to see a race as 'intrinsically inferior' when you yourself admittedly belong to that group in every way?
I think racism against your own people is possible.
Think South Asians who adopted British habits, ways of speaking and manners and then looked down on other Indians during the time that the Brits ruled that country.
The academics and activists call it "internalized racism", in other words, you've come to believe racist assertions about your own people. It's often accompanied by a real effort to distance yourself from your heritage.
that is a good example. but as I said in my first point, the individual wasn't exposed to other living/group/race environment. he doesn't see himself ans not belonging to the same race he hates. that is what I find strange; a person living all his life in such a culture growing up to not be able to stand it one bit. in fact, if asked where does he fell he belongs, he would respond by saying "nowhere". asking to elaborate he would say this is his only culture, his only environment that he ever knew. he cannot 'be' anywhere else since he feels he would never belong or fit anywhere else. and since he refuses his own people, he feels he doesn't and cannot belong anywhere.
fascinating, really. he is the only example I know of with such feelings. woudl that be considered as giving up, loss of purpose, what? and are such thoughts really evoked by racism or are they merely categorized as such?
I believe that feeling superior or inferior to anyone else is incorrect thinking.
At our inner core we are all exactly the same. Very Happy
*And I can back that up scientifically if anyone wants me to.
true. but that's beside the point.
PS. admins should really consider switching to the vbulletin forum system. this php one is outdated and very restrictive.