ok lets take a smaller version from race. Lets take a family.
you would almost always want your big brother to be more successful than the guy across the street who has a weird accent.
not apply it to a bigger version.
a race, an ethnicity.
How about now?
Well, if we look at it that way...
My neighborhood is mostly European, that's true. There are a few Asians, a few Blacks, but yes, mostly European descent. White.
I don't get why being 'white' should necessarily be a uniting factor. I mean, Europe has had lots of wars among itself. They don't seem to care whether you're white, they're still going to kill you anyway. They see lots of distinctions between different kinds of white -- western whites, southern whites, eastern whites, northern whites. And then they all tried to kill each other.
Even in the United States, there have been distinctions between whites. Irish, Eastern Europeans, etc -- it's unfair to classify all whites, or all blacks, or all Asians as together. Because historically they never have been. It's always easier to fight with your neighbor than with someone all the way across the ocean.
So no, I can't expand the concept of 'family' to all white people. It just doesn't make any sense.
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Identifying with others who have similar values, is not racism. Racism is when irrelevant physical traits become the primary criteria for judging people. It is irrational because these traits are irrelevant in predicting social compatibility. It makes no more sense than using shoe size as the primary criteria.
I thought white spouses are status symbols in Japan?
The only way white people aren't looked down upon, is if they're extremely loaded. Otherwise, the average Japanese will be deeply against mixing and creating children.
Ask a mixed white/Japanese child that grew up in Japan, if they would prefer to look completely Japanese. The answer will almost always be, "yes". Why? They get teased and treated like an outsider to an extreme level. Japan still hasn't approved for all mixed children born there to be citizens.
Ethnicity = Nationality
Tourists on the other hand, well the Japanese love tourists. The only difference will be when someone decides to permanently reside or have mixed children. I think it's all very stupid, but I'm mixed so my say doesn't matter. Japan will have a serious population crisis in 10 years if they don't relax their xenophobic immigration and citizenship policies.
Racism is a strongly pervasive issue that does influence every member within a racist society. This does not mean that all members of the society embrace racism, especially consciously. Some hold values that deliberately reject the concept and work to act and think in a manner against that racism.
The biggest problem with racism is how it influences the members of a society subconsciously. The dominant race establishes the point of reference and mistakes its subjective preferences for the "objective" way in which people should think and do. When people are ostracized in any way for not behaving within this norm because of racial/cultural differences, it is a form of racism even if it is not consciously perceived as such.
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