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Ok, I don't want to make this the thread that never dies, and I'm not trying to be difficult just because it's fun.  But, as an American, speaking from experience and observation, I really cannot see how one can so easily differentiate between class and race.  Racism is bad because it is wrong to judge people on their color or heritage but it is not just a theoretical or ideological problem. It is primarily an economic problem.  What kinds of injustices result from racism?  Inadequate access to education resulting in inadequate access to jobs, esp good paying jobs resulting in not having much money resulting in not having very good representation in government to fight for better access to education, jobs, representation....  Right?  

Look at the immigration issue in America.  People don't want the Mexicans out because they are Catholic or dark skinned.  They want them out because they think they are taking jobs.  Mexicans don't come here because they want a change of scenery, they come here because they want jobs.  

You say: "the riots were not motivated by religious or ethic reasons in any way, there were about economic alienation"

I'm asking: what was this economic alienation a result of?  

(BTW, I'm not really proposing this has anything to do with them being Muslim.  I agree that's neither here nor there...)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 06:23:50 PM EST
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