Posted by geri on May 11, 2000 at 12:21:06:
In Reply to: Well no but......... posted by Mike on May 10, 2000 at 18:50:06:
i'm not sure whether or not the articulations of a few racist 'dickheads' could actually incite or at least incline the average listener towards predjudice.
unfortunately i think the average dickhead is already predjudiced.
i believe it is important that the radio presenter balance the views of the 'dickhead' either by providing an opposing pannellist
or at least by questioning the racist opinions put forward.
However i don't believe that the presenter should attempt to curb the dickhead- rather s/he should let the person 'expose' his/her basic fears by continually asking 'why?'.
as the cliche goes, fear is the basis of predudice-
perhaps the indiginous dickheads fear losing out on housing lists or that asylum seekers are largely criminals.
(maybe it's just palin sexual jealososy- a certain myth comes to mind here!)
but whatever the many reasons- once they are established and placed in the public domain then the government can implement educational and integrational policies with the design of reassuring everyone-
this can't happen while racist conventions are held privately on bar stools, or while the mindset is manifested through aggressive committed in the dead of night.
i aslo think it's time that ireland as a society explored it's own hospitality myth-
were we only ever hospitable in return for the tourist dollars?-
was our friendliness only ever just a slower-paced more elaborate version of the 'fast-food; have a nice day' capitalist rhetoric?
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