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“Everyone’s a little bit Racist” Avenue Q

So if you don’t know what Avenue Q is it’s this Broadway musical about puppets in their 20s and 30s living in New York.  And these puppets live with some live action characters, think Sesame Street esq.  Now these characters live a modern life dealing with issues such as sex, homosexuality, racism, and employment all while being puppets.  Now there is a song in this play called “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” and it got me thinking about a conversation I had earlier with a friend.  Now this friend was saying some derogatory comments and wasn’t escapologist for them even after I corrected him about his misconceptions.  He says to me I am a man of a certain age from a certain socio-economic background and have had certain experiences, and you can’t tell me that people from other cultures don’t have the same misconceptions about Americans that i have about them.  That got me thinking, what if that statement is true.  Then it got me thinking even more racism and cultural misconceptions run raiment in this country, and I don’t know but I would assume in others.  That everyone is a bit racist.  So does that mean as the song says that we should chill out and not get so uptight about racism, I don’t think so, but maybe we shouldn’t judge the racist so harshly or we are just judging ourselves.

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