View Poll Results: Was the described situation racist?

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  • Yes, it sounds like a racist remark

    3 6.25%
  • It was insensitive

    8 16.67%
  • There was only cultural gulf and misunderstanding

    0 0%
  • The fellow's sensitivity over his ethnicity was coming to the surface

    12 25.00%
  • Is bad handwriting a stereotype for people from Philippines?

    5 10.42%
  • People should be more careful throwing out accusations of racisms

    13 27.08%
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Thread: Is this racism?

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    so, was your implication that Filipinos are illiterate? Racism can be expressed through generalizing about someone on the basis of their perceived race or country of ethnic origin.



    I would suggest that making generalizations about people on the basis of race or ethnicity isn't wise, particularly these days.

    I would never do this professionally, though I do sometimes make fun of racial stereotypes, but only about my own race.

    My kids are half filipino, and people have said some very stupid things to and about them. I've taught them some appropriate responses that range from sarcasm to a fist in the face.
    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    ....Just stop.

    Would you generalize about white poeple like this? What are the tendencies of white guy culture? Let's see. White guys tend to be backward ass country ****s who watch a lot of NASCAR and have too much body hair, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    When did Americans turn into a bunch of pussies who can't handle it when other people speak their mind? OMG! Someone might be offended!

    Just sayin'... for someone who keeps telling people they need to lighten up, I was pretty disappointed that you'd suddenly turn around on this here.

    1. The incident was obviously a joke. Anyone who took it as anything else should seriously lighten up.

    2. MOD said nothing in the post you replied to that "generalized" anything about anyone, with the exception of pointing out that Filipinos "tend to run short", which may be objectively true. You saw things in there that didn't exist. He was describing his workmate, not a whole people.

    3. Yes, people do have cultures. Filipinos have a culture as much as Americans do. Races don't have cultures, but then Filipino isn't an actual race to begin with so that's not even a valid comparison.

    4. He said nothing about anyone being illiterate, the guy was just making a freaking joke. I thought that you of all people would be able to realize this.


    Ugh. Seriously.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    I think this reinforces the fact that, no matter how comfortable you feel with a minority, don't assume that you can make any reference to their ethnicity in your conversation. Treat it the same you would treat a fat person. Just be PC and don't mention where they came from if they have an accent.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    I mentioned the shortness factor because of short man syndrome. The guy might be insecure about his height.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    I think this reinforces the fact that, no matter how comfortable you feel with a minority, don't assume that you can make any reference to their ethnicity in your conversation. Treat it the same you would treat a fat person. Just be PC and don't mention where they came from if they have an accent.
    Yeah, f*ck that. If someone wants to call me a money-grubbing Jew or a smelly lazy Spic and meant it as a joke, I'd laugh along with them because I'm not a hypersensitive melodramatic blowhard. If other people are, that's their problem, not mine.


    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    I mentioned the shortness factor because of short man syndrome. The guy might be insecure about his height.
    He certainly sounded insecure about something.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Yeah, f*ck that. If someone wants to call me a money-grubbing Jew or a smelly lazy Spic and meant it as a joke, I'd laugh along with them because I'm not a hypersensitive melodramatic blowhard. If other people are, that's their problem, not mine.




    He certainly sounded insecure about something.
    He probably had other factors as well.

    You aren't Geraldo Rivera btw...

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    LOL, the other person with illegible handwriting is a PhD, lol, no there was no implication that these people are illiterate.
    HA! Well, you have your answer right there. Everyone knows that Docs can't write for ****.

    And if that hurts some doctor's wittle feelings, I don't give a ****.
    Last edited by rivrrat; 05-19-10 at 08:49 PM.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    I think this reinforces the fact that, no matter how comfortable you feel with a minority, don't assume that you can make any reference to their ethnicity in your conversation. Treat it the same you would treat a fat person. Just be PC and don't mention where they came from if they have an accent.
    Pffttt... **** that ****. I make fun of my Irish co-worker all the time. We all do, and he gives it right back to us because he's not a wanker.

    If he was a wanker, then I just wouldn't talk to him at all. I deal with individuals, not races, or genders, or nationalities, or whatever.

    I give people **** for being male, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, blonde, short, accents, nationality, sports they like, teams they like, the state they're from, their degrees, the foods they like, their habits, the college they went to, their hobbies, etc, etc. I expect the same in return. It's all part of having a good time with the people you're with. Some people, however, just aren't any fun.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    HA! Well, you have your answer right there. Everyone knows that Docs can't write for ****.

    And if that hurts some doctors wittle feelings, I don't give a ****.
    So, Filipinos are smart? That's part of the Asian stereotype *gasp*

    Honestly, I'm clueless regarding them. They are good workers, seem nice, appreciate being in the U.S., but some are insecure and don't mention about where they come from... Does that sum it up?

    Incidentally, my oldest son is married to a woman who is half Filipino. She's fine. Another son is dating a Black woman, another son has a girlfriend who was born in Taiwan, so I guess we are a diverse family after all.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    I voted "other"

    because my answer is NO
    plain and simple nothing else to say

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    Re: Is this racism?

    I keep thinking you need to tease this guy for his handwriting until he stops being such a pussy.

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