Good evening Mr. Hofstetter:
I just finished watching your stand-up clip on MySpace. I didnâ€™t laugh. Iâ€™m sorry that I didnâ€™t. I wanted to, but something stood in my way. It was your diatribe on racism. Too many people abuse the word racism. There are only three races on the planet. They are (in alpha order) Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Negroid. So, for one to be racist, they must hate an entire race. A black person must hate all whites to be a racist. A white person must hate all Asians to be a racist. You canâ€™t hate the Japanese, but love Chinese people and be called a racist. You canâ€™t hate all Jewish people, but love Arabs and be racist. Jews and Arabs are both Semites. Iâ€™m assuming that since you are Jewish, you know this piece of history. So, for one to be an anti-Semite, they must hate Arabs as much as they hate Jews.
Unfortunately, there is a bit of PREJUDICE in all humans. I will admit that I loathe all Arabs. This doesnâ€™t make me an anti-Semite or a racist. It makes me a jerk. I just donâ€™t trust the little savages, but thatâ€™s another story.
My main point is this; if you are going to throw around the word racist or racism, know of what you speak.
Thank you for your time.
Irish/Italian American Christian Zionist
Actually, to be racist, you must simply think one thing negative about one person based on your perceptions of their race. Liking one black person but hating all the others doesn't prevent someone from being racist.
Also words evolve over time to take on vernacular meanings. Such as the word "idiot" - it used to be a term to define a specific mental disorder. But now it can be used to describe someone who gets into a semantic argument over stand-up comedy.