https://www.duolingo.com/janey89

Every time I see something racist online, I'm going to do a Duolingo lesson. Join me!

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I don't know whether or not this is a realistic goal, considering how many racist things there are online - and I'm on Twitter, which is home of a lot of it.

I've decided to do this because it's my way of fighting racism, by learning a foreign language, and doing my bit (whatever I can) to bridge borders between different peoples.

Let's right racism with foreign language-learning!

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Horako224

Dude, with this much racism you will be fluent in no time.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amanesse77
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While I'm all for language learning, I don't think it can fight racism at all. Most white and black people in South Africa speak the same language - Afrikaans - yet it doesn't impede (some of) them from being racist against each other.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotPearl

C'est un bon idee! Je veux joindre tu!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fire-ergens
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I think it's a great way to do this! What better way to fight racism than to expand your own boundaries by learning a new language? Which language(s) are you going to tackle?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanOkushi
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Just go look a President Donald J. Trump's twitter feed. You'll be fluent in all 26 languages on Duolingo in no time.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxJiang3
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This is stupid. Trump has a lot of stupid tweets, but almost none them are 'racist'.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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'Almost none of his tweets are racist'.

I don't think that you realise how much of a horrible attribute for a world leader that is.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxJiang3
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I haven't read all of his tweets, so I didn't want to say none of them, in the case that someone finds some really dumb thing that he tweeted. I don't think any of his tweets are racist, nor do I think he is racist. If you have a counter-example, I'll be more than happy to see it.

I also put quotes around the 'racist' in the sentence because nowadays there are people who think basically anything concerning race is racist, so I was more referring to the false kind of 'racist' than actual racism.

In retrospect, maybe 'I seriously doubt that any of his tweets are racist" would have been a better comment.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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"In retrospect, maybe 'I seriously doubt that any of his tweets are racist" would have been a better comment."

Absolutely- it sums him up perfectly. Doubt implies that you're uncertain. Lacking faith in such a powerful man's lack of prejudice says a lot about him.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxJiang3
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I lack faith in Trump's ability to shut his mouth, not his lack of prejudice. I, and I believe everyone should, have a lack of faith for most men, especially those in power, and my doubts for Trump's lack of prejudice is no greater than for someone like Obama. My doubts are mostly because Trump is not very articulate, and there are probably things that he says that people can construe to be prejudice, and most politicians have probably said things that are stupid, prejudice, or almost evil in nature.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KwincyofKenya

Be ready to quit your job and/or school.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trev101
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While I'm not sure it's necessarily helping fight racism, I'm positive you'll be fluent in no time!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/janey89
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True. I'm thinking it'll help build bridges between people - or it would, if we could speak each other's languages, or embrace each other's cultures.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca
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It's unfortunately all too evident from the news that people can have [and act on] racist feelings towards people who speak the same language.

That said, serious efforts to understand other people's languages for the express purpose of better understanding them can do nothing but help.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimmohB

You're going to do a lot of Duolingo..

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmperorIguana42

You must have a lot of time to do all the courses.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuisRamos709109

sure i'll join! But since there is so much racism on twitter and things like that, we will be fluent in every language in duolingo in no time at all.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenny.otway

I think you have an excellent idea. I do not think you can right racism, but when someone asks you how come you are fluent in so many languages (which you will be), you will floor them with your answer.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucySalamence

I would sooner complete a whole language tree than finish reading one thread on /pol/ then

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
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Most people probably won't agree and I'll probably get downvoted for this, but here it comes:

I think it's a bad idea. Why? Because it encourages you to actively look for racism, including looking for racism in / misreading messages that weren't at all ment racist in any kind of way.

In my opinion actively looking for racism is an indirect act of racism. If I say something to somebody without meaning anything racist, and somebody comes along and tries to find a way to manipulate what I said into something racist, who's the racist in that case?

Racism isn't a simple concept. Words can't be racist, only people can be. Where I live we have a common friendly rivalry where we call people from a neighboring country "stupid" and we constantly make "stupid" jokes about them, and they do the exact same thing back. Literally everybody (from our 2 countries) knows it's a joke. But what if I, out of good heart, make the same joke about somebody from Africa, Asia, South-America, ... It's obviously still not at all racist as there was no racist intent. Yet, there will be politically correct people who would call me racist, while they're the ones to choose to interpret the message as racist.

I personally tend to dislike people who look for racism in everything and I call them the real racists. Side note, plenty of immigrants actually don't like people who indirectly patronize and belittle them. By this I mean people who essentially pretend like they're superheroes who protect "weak" immigrants. With the exclamation on "weak", as if immigrants are unable to defend themselves and sort of need help with everything. I'm not saying that people shouldn't help immigrants, I'm saying that you shouldn't treat them as little children who's hand you constantly need to hold and afterwards take to Twitter to collect pats on your back. There's plenty of them who also appreciate honesty rather than you treating them differently, like avoiding certain subjects etc... (racism is treating people different for their religion or skin color - thus avoiding certain subjects just because somebody has a certain skin color or religion is essentially racist).

I've had conversations with people from a foreign origin that neither of us considered racist in any way and in which they appreciated my honesty. While if we'd have had such a conversation in a public space, like a forum, I can guarantee you there would be accusations of "racism". It's as if certain topics "automatically" make you racist when you speak about them with somebody of a foreign origin, which obviously is ridiculous. If you don't want to be racist, REALLY treat everybody equally and don't be scared of being accused of "racism" by people who don't know what they're talking about or real racists. Whenever you purposely say something differently or avoid a certain subject just because somebody has a certain religion or skin color you're actually being racist as you're treating them differently because of their skin color / religion.

If you want to fight racism, try to look for the good in messages instead of trying to find the bad in them. Literally nobody wins from racism witch hunts.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

wow, how long did it take to write that?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
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Too long. But I personally find it a fair point to make.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

yes, good job.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxJiang3
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I completely agree.

I'd also like to mention that a lot of 'racist' comments online are actually just trolls, and a lot of them get a kick out of reading about people that take mostly symbolic actions against racism.

Instead of focusing on tweets made by random people, understanding and explaining why racism is immoral would be a much better way to combat racism than taking symbolic actions.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I don't know what this will do about racism. But, maybe it will help with xenophobia, if the language you are learning is mainly that of another country.

Being mindful of things in general, rather than numbing out about them, can help us look for solutions. May your studies be fruitful! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/foonboi
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That’s a cool way of fighting racism, I’ll do it too

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

remember, there is power in prayer! Prayer can change ANYTHING!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

This really actually isn't spam.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

oh wow, when did this not become spam? but okay

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxJiang3
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Why would it be spam though? It has a clear point that is related to doing Duolingo.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

okay, that would take to long to answer. but i get it now, it is not spam.

1 year ago
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