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Old 06-05-2005, 10:53 AM   #59
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Originally Posted by Merlin
Latin-Americans have many examples of racism, despite their claim for moral high ground. Why do you think Argentinians think they are the cream of the crop in South America? Generally it is related to their Caucasian heritage (they consider themselves the whitest country in the south). Chileans often disparage Argentinian behaviour, but many can often be seen feeling pride about being the second "whitest" country.

On a different note, many tribes in Africa treat members of tribes they conquered in the past as subservient. Also, there are examples of slavery in some areas of Africa.

However, Europeans love to benefit from all the help they receive from immigrants, yet they deny them rights of citizenship even after living there for over a decade (and racism is clearly expressed in some political platforms). In Switzerland place of birth is irrelevant, one does not receive Swiss citizenship by being born there.

America has many flaws, and its racist history has manifested in a violent and visible manner. However, America's attempts to address these issues is/should be the envy of many.

The old Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles was home to many great boxing matches over the years. Back in the late 60s/early 70s the owner died and his wife inherited the property. She knew nothing about boxing and everyone assumed she would sell her interest in the building, but instead she chose to continue staging fights.

I don't know if she understood boxing, but she definitely understood human nature and boxing cards at the Olympic reflected her beliefs. Rarely were two fighters of the same ethnicity ever matched against one another. Instead it was Mexicans against Puerto Ricans and blacks against whites and all the other possible combinations. The place was rocking every night. Occasionally someone got hit in the head with a bottle or stabbed in the parking lot, but she was tremendously successful for a long time using this matchmaking philosophy.
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