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    What a strange question. If one is ill, some aspect of one's normal functioning will have being impaired. To form the view based on observation, for example, that if we aborted all black babies the level of crime in this country would fall* is not indicative of mental malfunctioning. It is just a belief, based on sound reasoning.

    On whether racism is natural or not, a recent experiment concluded that babies are racist. “Early preferences for own-race faces may contribute to race-related biases later in life”.

    * Bill Bennett made this remark.
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    (Original post by MB__)
    The problem is that there is no longer a requirement for "racism" to have a precise meaning. It is quite clear that the word is now used to silence, intimidate, and stigmatize those who oppose any aspect of the political consensus on racial and cultural issues. 'You don't think mass immigration is a good idea? Racist!' 'You feel concerned about the growth of Islam in Britain? Racist! Islamophobe too!' 'You think that multiculturalism is a bad idea? Racist!'

    It has basically reached the stage where people who refuse to accept that becoming a minority in their own country is desirable are considered to be "racist".

    The fact that some people are pushing for racism to be considered a mental illness does not surprise me. There is no better way to silence people and discredit their ideas than by labelling them "mentally ill".
    well said
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    (Original post by zooropa)
    Should racism be considered a mental illness?

    Discuss.
    No more than any other opinion or prejeudice. If racism can legitimately classified as a mental illness then its not too hard to class everyone as mentally ill for one reason or another.
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    (Original post by MB__)
    The problem is that there is no longer a requirement for "racism" to have a precise meaning. It is quite clear that the word is now used to silence, intimidate, and stigmatize those who oppose any aspect of the political consensus on racial and cultural issues. 'You don't think mass immigration is a good idea? Racist!' 'You feel concerned about the growth of Islam in Britain? Racist! Islamophobe too!' 'You think that multiculturalism is a bad idea? Racist!'

    It has basically reached the stage where people who refuse to accept that becoming a minority in their own country is desirable are considered to be "racist".

    The fact that some people are pushing for racism to be considered a mental illness does not surprise me. There is no better way to silence people and discredit their ideas than by labelling them "mentally ill".
    Well said indeed and a hugely important point. When most people hear the terms "racism" or "racist" the meaning conveyed is one of mindless prejudice,bigotry,irrational hatred etc and these terms are increasingly thrown about irresponsibly, innappropriately and overall dishonestly by those unable to accept any criticism to their chosen dogma - usually of the multi-cultural mindless utopia type.
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    The reason BNP members and the like get called stupid is for a reason. They may be the most intelligent well read people in the world, but if you cant have a somewhat objective intelligence, what use is it at all? "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." (Aristotle) Its common knowledge that BNP members tend to be quite stubborn and would rarely stray from their beliefs, for the simple fact that they are so powerfully motivated against several things. This can ofcourse be said about anyone but im sure a party associated with fascism cannot be that open minded.
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    (Original post by jr2007)
    An educated person would be able to see beyond 'racial' aspects of another person - those who are ignorant due to lack of education in this case would not be educated.
    You would think so, wouldn't you? But that would be too simple.

    I'm not in the habit of 'raising threads from the dead' but I came across this observation in Auschwitz, the Nazis and the Final Solution (Laurence Rees) (I am assuming familiarity with the context): '...the individuals who sat at the table at the Wannsee conference were salaried functionaries from one of Europe's great nations, not back-street terrorists, though their crimes were to be greater than any conventional 'criminal' act in the history of the world. Equally instructive, when some still refer to an ill-educated 'criminal underclass', is that of the fifteen people around the table eight had academic doctorates.' (My italics).

    Uneducated? Not necessarily.
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    How are you defining a racist?

    It is just somebody who recognises the differences between the races and isnt bought in by this whole 'everybody is equal' rubbish? If that is the case then you are medicalising an opinion which is different to the dominant view, which in my opinion is a very dangerous route to go down.
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    Racism isnt a mental illness, its a view which certain people hold about others and it can be quite right at times. Just because not being particularly fond of certain races or cultures is not the 'done thing' by the PC brigades standards doesnt mean its not a valid viewpoint
 
 
 
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