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- Can racist views be changed?
- Can one cultivate empathy for a marginalized group?
- Does empathy for a marginalized group continue or is it short lived?
All of these questions and more will be discussed in this episode of The Racism 101 podcast with Dr. Darron Smith.
Click here to read the paper Dr. Smith and Mike Barker discussed in this episode
Click here to read about the CBS Sports documentary (which had Dr. Smith in it) about the 14 black Wyoming football players.
Click here to donate to The Liahona Children’s Foundation.
This is the LBJ quote that Dr. Smith shared with us:
“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”
If you would like to email Dr. Darron Smith questions that he can answer on the podcast please use the form below:
Other podcast that deal with race:
Intersection with Jamil Smith
In the Thick:
The Mash-Up Americans:
Why does wanting others to go thru the hell of paper work and red tape that they themselves went thru make them a racist? When did obeying the law apply to illegal activity? I’m not talking about refugees but imagrants. Refugees are different and have asked us as Americans to help them. And being a white person I try not be racist in any manner. I try not to judge and see people thru Christ’s eyes. I’m not perfect but I try and strive to do what’s right. As a white person your use of blackness and white people is what’s splitting every one into side by your definition of blackness we can count Eminem as a black man. I’m probably on for that matter. We all have different likes and views. Yes, we need as whole realize that in the past things were not right and watch our selves in a daily routine to avoid any biases (including the poor. Which can be wite or black or even alien green). I do love your podcast and it has raised interesting points up in my life. Like when you said if you can’t see your son or daughter marry a black boy/girl then your racist. I’ve seen the looks in my daughters grandfather and realized he’s got issues. But the younger people including say out right no issues at all. You’ve said many other things that are great and others that falto the other spectrum. I’m not say racism doesn’t not exists I’m sure it does I’ve seen and experienced it because I’m a rather large dude and disabled. I’ve seen changes in me personally since becoming disabled. Why is it ok to be racist or prejudice against a large normal person or a normal looking person surfing from a mental disability or sickness. Racism as you’ve described it, does not only go white to black I’ve seen it, experienced it. I’ve even had it go black to white on me. To say flippantly black people can not be racist is part of the problem. We need to put aside our differences and as Americans Male, female, black, white , or whatever and despite or because we love our differences and realize that racism biass, sex biass, fat biass, skinny biass, and others exists and come together to heal the fatal wound it has caused. Not cause the wound to rot and fester that willingly kill us faster. By living like Christ did and following His example we become aware of the issues and together we can stamp them out. Christ didn’t care who He ate, how or where He taught. He saw the best in everybody not the supposed differences.
Thank you for answering my questions. I now see that my view was dissorted. Racism for me was almost like trying to see a 3D picture from the 90’s. I know what the picture should look like but all I see is a blurry mess. Though, with your careful explanations I can now see the picture clearly. As I listen to the rest of your podcast I find that EVERYTHING you speak on makes a perfect sense. While, I am ashamed for being a rasicist white male, on the other hand I see it more like over coming an addiction (I know it’s an imperfect view but I can’t think of what word fits better). As far as addiction goes the one thing heard people say is once an addict always an addict. We may not partake but it still exists and it’s deeper than we realize in us and around us. Is there anything one disabled white man can do?
P.s. I’d like thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions and clearifying exactly what you mean by all whites are racist. I get it now. Thank you. I’d also like to apologize for the tone my previous comment may have taken. I see now I was rash and unthinking. I am deeply sorry. To be honest I at first felt attacked for being white but there is no excuse for me not trying to understand properly. I was wrong. Thank you again
I apologize for my wondering brain I like to really mull stuff over. Grind it into my brain so to say. I thought of a better analogy than addiction which denotes addiction (racism) is like a flu or cold, it can be easily over come. Racism to me is like putting on a pair of glasses for the first time. I never even realized i need glasses. Or like all the videos I’ve seen on social media of color blind people finally seeing how wonderful and color the world is. Again I thank you and Paul for the willingness to put such a podcast on and take all the undeserved back lash.
Hey!!! Thanks for you two new questions. We will answer them on our next “Listener Questions” episode. Keep the questions coming.