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gloriaAlred
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EvangelicalMan33
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The color white should not be used to represent purity

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Started: 10/23/2016 Category: Philosophy
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gloriaAlred

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White is often used in our society to represent purity. Purity is viewed as an overwhelmingly positive trait. A quick dictionary search will reveal that the word pure means: not mixed or adulterated with any other substance. It can also mean, clean, and harmless, or complete/absolute, as in pure joy. First of all, any color can be pure in the sense of being unadulterated (ex: pure red, pure green). And the color of cleanliness, depends on what color a substance was before it became soiled. For instance, my kitchen floor is blue. If it gets dirty, and I clean it, I will know it is clean, by how much blue I begin to see through the dirt. White in this instance, has nothing to do with cleanliness.
Designating white as the color of purity, has detrimental racial implications as well. Purity is always thought of as an inherently good quality, and as such, the word leads to other associations. Pure is associated with virginity, innocence, cleanliness, and truthfulness. This has lead to the belief that all things white, are naturally cleaner, better, and morally superior, to that which is dark. These subtle ideas seep into our subconscious mind, and influence how we look at certain racial groups. "Purity" in the sense of something being totally or absolutely, is not always a good thing. Pure evil or pure nonsense are certainly not positive. In closing, white does not have a monopoly on any of the qualities associated with purity.
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Posted by Varrack 1 month ago
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"These subtle ideas seep into our subconscious mind, and influence how we look at certain racial groups."

I'm skeptical. Sure, white may be associated with purity in a few cases, but no one with a brain actually thinks that white = purity in every sense. The fact that white can sometimes be associated with purity is not evidence that people actually think these things about race - it's mere speculation.
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