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    If you never act upon those opinions, and in practise treat people the same.

    For example, and I am not one of them, but I know many people or have overheard many people who will be perfectly pleasant and politically correct when in public, but when talking to friends will sprout racism.
    Does it matter?

    EDIT: Sorry, the title should read 'harbour'. Typo
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    It's not but in reality people can think what they want, regardless of if its right or not. You can't police opinions.
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    Well I guess it's okay for society insofar as the objects of racist attitudes aren't adversely affected (e.g. overtly insulted) by them. If anything, I think it's damaging to the person harbouring such opinions because they're having to bottle up those feelings all day long. Hatred and anger very naturally poison the mind and prevent one being happy, so they're just hurting themselves by holding those backwards views.

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    Personally, I think nobody should ever have racist opinions and have a superiority complex. However, if the opinion is kept to the individual and they don't show it then it can't harm anyone. It depends on whether the person acts according to their opinion. Yet, regardless of this, racist people should realise that there is no supreme race. We are all humans.


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    It's ok to have whatever opinions you damn well please. Just don't be a **** about it.
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    Holding opinions that one (or several) race(s) is/are inferior to another doesn't necessary mean you don't consider people of other races to have feelings that can be hurt, so I guess having racist opinions doesn't preclude someone from being perfectly pleasant to everyone. It's still possible to think, say, that black people are inherently worse than white people, but at the same time not want to offend them as human beings.

    However, you have to question just how much people can keep a lid on those opinions - sooner or later they're probably going to escape.
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    (Original post by Abstraction)
    Well I guess it's okay for society insofar as the objects of racist attitudes aren't adversely affected (e.g. overtly insulted) by them. If anything, I think it's damaging to the person harbouring such opinions because they're having to bottle up those feelings all day long. Hatred and anger very naturally poison the mind and prevent one being happy, so they're just hurting themselves by holding those backwards views.

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    Holding opinions that one (or several) race(s) is/are inferior to another doesn't necessary mean you don't consider people of other races to have feelings that can be hurt, so I guess having racist opinions doesn't preclude someone from being perfectly pleasant to everyone. It's still possible to think, say, that black people are inherently worse than white people, but at the same time not want to offend them as human beings.

    However, you have to question just how much people can keep a lid on those opinions - sooner or later they're probably going to escape.
    I am personally of the opinion that a lot of racists will vote UKIP as a legitimate pool for their racism. Does that count as expressing or acting upon their racism to adversely affect others?
    Please remember I am saying a lot of racists will vote UKIP, and not that a lot of UKIP's voters are racist.
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    (Original post by DouglasAdams)
    I am personally of the opinion that a lot of racists will vote UKIP as a legitimate pool for their racism. Does that count as expressing or acting upon their racism to adversely affect others?
    Please remember I am saying a lot of racists will vote UKIP, and not that a lot of UKIP's voters are racist.
    That's a good point, I never took that into account. I certainly think a more divided and ignorant society would result from UKIP coming to power, and ethnic minorities would bear the burden of that. That would be an example of a harmful expression of racist views, though there's little we can do about that. Racism is irrational, whipping it up in people is easy, reducing it isn't.

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    Pretty much everyone does in some capacity
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    (Original post by DouglasAdams)
    If you never act upon those opinions, and in practise treat people the same.

    For example, and I am not one of them, but I know many people or have overheard many people who will be perfectly pleasant and politically correct when in public, but when talking to friends will sprout racism.
    Does it matter?

    EDIT: Sorry, the title should read 'harbour'. Typo
    Unless you want to live in 1984 then it is ok. Providing you never actually act on those opinions that effects someone else in a negative way. I am however aloud to think that person it a total moron for having racist views.
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    Racism shows a lack of intelligence so if you want to be seen as a dolt, racism is your thing.
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    it depends on what your racist views are
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    I think that if you harbour these kinds of opinions, then you should at least let people be aware when appropriate, rather than hide it.
    For example, I was close friends with someone I met at college - he's always acted friendly and open to new things etc, and I knew that he was religious, but never took much notice. He added me on Facebook one day and I looked through his statuses and discovered that he's incredibly homophobic, yet if someone were to ask him about this in real life, he would just brush it off and pretend that he's not. I view him completely differently now, mainly because he denies how he really feels with regards to gays.
    I just think that if you feel a particular way about a race, religion, type of sexuality etc then you should at least be honest about it, because it ​is possible to feel a certain way about a group of people without causing offence or being impolite.
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    Is it okay? Who knows.
 
 
 
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