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    Is the following statement racist?

    "That's my question about these guys. If we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had ski masks on, do we even know what color they were, what the tone of their skin was? I mean, what if they didn't look like typical bad guys? As we define them when we think about terror groups."


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    Re: Is the following statement racist?

    Depends on who said if you ask some posters around here. I on the other hand think it was pretty damn racist.

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    Re: Is the following statement racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    "That's my question about these guys. If we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had ski masks on, do we even know what color they were, what the tone of their skin was? I mean, what if they didn't look like typical bad guys? As we define them when we think about terror groups."
    Hmm...

    Well whoever it is is assuming "we" define terrorists as "muslims/arabs/whatever, basically people with brown skin of one shade or another from the ME/Africa regions."


    Which would not be an accurate definition, obviously.

    And whoever that person is, they are obviously making the same faulty assumptions.

    I'm not sure "racist" applies...but perhaps "predisposed to assume people from the ME/Africa are bad guys"?

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    Re: Is the following statement racist?

    It's not racist at all. The fact is, statistically, the majority of modern terrorists are Middle Eastern Muslims. They don't have to be, they simply are. When someone shows up yelling "Allahu Akbar", it doesn't matter what accent they have, it's a pretty safe bet what group they're from.
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    Re: Is the following statement racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    "That's my question about these guys. If we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had ski masks on, do we even know what color they were, what the tone of their skin was? I mean, what if they didn't look like typical bad guys? As we define them when we think about terror groups."
    I honestly have no Idea what the statement even means.... it sounds like a gaff.



    Is he saying that he is wonder whether these guys were typical terrorist arabs or not? Like if they were just crazies that came from elsewhere or ones that came from there?

    I don't know what the person is trying to say here

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    Re: Is the following statement racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    "That's my question about these guys. If we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had ski masks on, do we even know what color they were, what the tone of their skin was? I mean, what if they didn't look like typical bad guys? As we define them when we think about terror groups."
    How can that not be racist? Naturally, a racist would think "bad guys" look bad based on their skin color.
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    Re: Is the following statement racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    How can that not be racist? Naturally, a racist would think "bad guys" look bad based on their skin color.
    "typical" bad guys eases that a little.

    What was he trying to say? Obviously at first glance it sounds racist... but what if it was just badly executed language.

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    Re: Is the following statement racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by celticwar17 View Post
    "typical" bad guys eases that a little.

    What was he trying to say? Obviously at first glance it sounds racist... but what if it was just badly executed language.
    Armed and masked was the only "bad guy" clue needed - accent and skin color should not tip the scales in either direction.

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    Re: Is the following statement racist?

    can't say without context
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    Re: Is the following statement racist?

    The statement clearly means how can we know if they are bad if we can't see their skin color/they don't have the skin color of a typical bad guy. Yikes.

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