Racist or Realist?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@runningcali:  I think that even if it were 110% true and accurate…it *still* would be something you refrain from saying out loud.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I don’t think that’s racist. As long as you’re not thinking in your head “all Hispanics are criminals” or something. Which it does not sound like you are! I don’t think it’s wrong to make an observation in your head like that – sometimes it’s just the truth.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@runningcali:  I think generalizations are human nature, rooted in a biological sense of self-preservation, whether we want to admit it or not.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No not at all. There are dominant races everywhere. In Las Vegas, it depends on which side of town you are on. It’s just a observation.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It isn’t racist unless you think that every person of that race is a criminal because of those specific people’s actions.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Seeing a pattern is one thing.  Seeing a pattern and generalizing from it, and saying from your data collection (scoff scoff) all hispanics must be dangerous…that’s completely different.  

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t think it racist. IMO racisms is when you are putting down a race for reasons completely outside of there control. The fact that in your area most gangs and gang-related activity is from hispanics, then that to me, is a fact or statistic.

 

Just like how the majority of people in jail are black men, it’s a statistical fact, not racist.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@runningcali:  I’m sure the majority of crime in most areas can be attributed to older white guys. White-collar crime, still robs us the most.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@runningcali:  The difference is that when people see that a white person committed a crime, they will say, “Wow, what went wrong in his life???” but when a black, or hispanic, or other person commits a crime, the comment is “Well, obviously, those people are ALWAYS committing crimes.”  

Obviously not everyone does this.  But it happens.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

As my cousin from Atlanta said, “It’s not that I assume the vast majority of younger black males are criminals. It’s just that according to publicized incident reports in my area, the vast majority of crimes are committed by younger black males. So when a younger black male approaches me with his hood up, I get nervous.” 

 

I think to some degree, everyone earns their stereotypes. There’s a reason whites are assumed to be stuffy and pretentious. We have a history of superiority complexes and many European cultures are more reserved than Latino or African cultures… Bill Cosby has had some strong words about people of his race being more proactive about fighting stereotypes by example. He has an interesting view. Check it out.

 

Theres no problem With recognizing differences and positives and negatives of cultures. It’s “racism” when you start treating people negatively based on appearance and assumptions. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Brace2014:  The racism is in the system that put them there, but that may be a conversation for another thread.

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