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Rasheed, Muhammad. "The Barbarian's Impression of a Civilization." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 16 Jul 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.
Anonymous - Is racism lack of empathy?
Muhammad Rasheed - No. Lack of empathy, bigotry and prejudice are just the side effects of racism.
Racism is the systemic subjugation, exploitation and plunder of a group targeted along racial phenotype, whose wealth is given to another group favored along racial phenotype.
Chris White - Where in the world did you get your definition of racism?
Muhammad Rasheed - From the actual scholarship on the origins of racism and how it actually functions in Western society. It’s unhelpful treating the emotion-based, ‘individual prejudice’ definition of the term as used by social media casuals as if it is the primary meaning, since that definition only serves as a distraction from the actual racist problems.
Chris White - Sorry, that question was rhetorical. The inference is that you are speaking an entirely different language than most people. This obviously creates and exacerbates a massive communication barrier, which is the reason for the word-play in the first place.
I was recognizing this fact.
Muhammad Rasheed - Chris wrote: “The inference is that you are speaking an entirely different language than most people.”
Agreed. Most people are unaware of the scholarship and falsely believe the ‘word on the street’ of the casual, armchair philosopher is true. For example, your “most people” comment is a common logical fallacy called ‘Appeal to the People.’
The truth about racism is conspicuously absent from public discourse, and certainly from public schooling, as you have been so kind to demonstrate.
Chris White - Do you know why Ernest Hemmingway was a great writer? Among other things, it was primarily because he was capable of expressing complex concepts with simple words. He wrote at a 4th-grade reading level.
As to your accusation of fallacy, you have committed the fallacy fallacy. Your assumption that my argument is invalid because I used the phrase “most people” is invalid on its own merit. The proof of this is in your agreement that you are, in fact, speaking a different language.
Also, if you want to throw around accusations of fallacy, let’s back up to your first reply, “From the actual scholarship on the origins of racism”, which would be an appeal to authority. The problem for you is I don’t recognize your authority.
I can play the same word games you can. My sincere thoughts on the matter are that it doesn’t help anything, or change anything. This leads me to believe that you, as someone who is clearly intelligent, know this.
As to your last statement; if anyone was really concerned about something being absent from public discourse, I would imagine they would attempt to be more like Hemmingway and use language that resonated with “most people”, rather than an “elite” group that subscribes to the “actual scholarship”.
Muhammad Rasheed - Chris wrote: “Do you know why Ernest Hemmingway was a great writer?”
You’re babbling and wasting my time. Your heroes are not my heroes.
Chris wrote: “Your assumption that my argument is invalid because I used the phrase ‘most people’ is invalid on its own merit.”
The ‘Appeal to the People’ logical fallacy is committed when someone implies that because a lot of people did something, it must be true or valid (see: the ‘lemmings jumping off the cliff’ myth).
Chris wrote: “The proof of this is in your agreement that you are, in fact, speaking a different language.”
Most people are content being ignorant. It’s a mindset.
Chris wrote: “…which would be an appeal to authority.”
Not so. There’s a difference between pointing out the well-researched scholarship on a topic versus saying an authority figure said it so it must be true.
Chris wrote: “The problem for you is I don’t recognize your authority.”
You gave the impression you didn’t believe in scholarship from your first post.
Chris wrote: “I can play the same word games you can.”
I haven’t played any.
Chris wrote: “My sincere thoughts on the matter are…”
Not interested. Thank you.
Chris White - M. Rasheed wrote:“Not interested”
That was obvious from the outset, which I pointed out in my first reply. That’s what “rhetorical” meant.
Have a good day.
Muhammad Rasheed - The definition of “rhetorical” is available in the Google search (you can open another tab). Please correct your comment using the edit function before you go.
MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.
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