How To Tell People They Sound Racist

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Mike AKA MonolithTMA

    Pretty cool!

  • Daniel Blue

    Loved it. But if only it were that easy. To use the word “racist” even referring to acts (conversation one), brings up all the specters of conversation two, “The one you don’t want to have.”

  • pete

    as a recovering racist I cringe but
    hear where he is coming from.

  • Anna Johnstone

    Agree absolutely. People don’t listen if they feel like they are under a personal attack.

  • Hitch

    It’s good and the conclusion is right. I have minor quibbles with the middle part.

    Some people state their intentions. Those you can and must address for their self-identification, because their defense is different. It is “well I am X so I do X.”

    My preferred advise would be to address what is most pertiment and needs overt change, but don’t ever guess intentions. Only take what has been stated.

  • steve em

    I could not care less if someone considers me a racist or not.The word has no meaning it has been used ot death. This is one way street,only applies to Euros. Everyone else can call people crackers, rednecks hillbilly’s you name it, its all ok.
    I do not make ethnic jokes,or comments I avoid completely any conversations with certain ethnicity’s. Too many unprovoked verbal and physical assaults from childhood.