It's all good, my man.
Yes, by extension is the term I was looking for; apologies there. I'm now firmly in the camp that says race-based decision making, in any way shape or form, cannot co-exist with a meritocratic (read: fair) society.
Traditionally, of course, the response has been that to ignore the issue of race conveniently permits the legacy of racism to continue unabated. Lately the response to that has been that there are better proxies (poverty for example) for truly disadvantaged status, with fewer unintended consequences. But to follow up a few hundred years of oppression with a suddenly race-blind policy is effectively to continue the oppression. The difference between you and me is that I don't see such an easy solution.
And I'm always skeptical of any simplistic and self-congratulatory campaign, e.g. against racism, against hate, etc etc. They're more about making people feel good while sweeping the admittedly complex issues involved under the rug.
The very definition of racism explains this perfectly. People bristle at being called a racist
I think everyone in our society is racist, to one degree or another. I think admitting that is a first step toward dealing with it. I'm naturally suspicious of people who claim to be free of a poison that, as near as I can tell, has infected everyone.
It's easy, disingenuous, and intellectually dishonest to allow ones self to harbor racist thoughts, or to allow racist ideas to go unchallenged. You can't have it both ways.
As per the above, I turn all of that right back upon you. It is "easy, disingenuous, and intellectually dishonest" to present yourself as someone who has totally surmounted this obviously complex issue.
So what happened a month and a half ago that was such a watershed for you? Please link me if you have already explained it in this forum.