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  • Yes, it sounds like a racist remark

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  • It was insensitive

    8 16.67%
  • There was only cultural gulf and misunderstanding

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

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

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Thread: Is this racism?

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    Is this racism?

    Let's say you are receiving a verbal report from a fellow from a another country originally, along with a handwritten reference sheet. This guy is from the Philippines. You can never read this fellow's handwriting. You tell him that his handwriting is difficult to read, and jokingly compare it to another co-worker's (well known to everyone) bad handwriting, who is also happens to befrom the Philippines. Then you good humoredly note "you guys are even from the same country".

    This previously congenial colleague flies off the handle, extremely offended, and accusing you of racism, calling you a racist. You immediately try to sooth the situation, apologizing, but the co-worker has trouble getting over it. Other co-workers are dumbfounded at the fellows reaction too.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Let's say you are receiving a verbal report from a fellow from a another country originally, along with a handwritten reference sheet. This guy is from the Philippines. You can never read this fellow's handwriting. You tell him that his handwriting is difficult to read, and jokingly compare it to another co-worker's (well known to everyone) bad handwriting, who is also happens to befrom the Philippines. Then you good humoredly note "you guys are even from the same country".

    This previously congenial colleague flies off the handle, extremely offended, and accusing you of racism, calling you a racist. You immediately try to sooth the situation, apologizing, but the co-worker has trouble getting over it. Other co-workers are dumbfounded at the fellows reaction too.
    I didn't realize that "Philipinian" was a race

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    I didn't realize that "Philipinian" was a race
    People seem to use the word racism rather broadly these days, to mean any and all prejudices.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    I don't think this is racist. It may be a little insensitive but not racist. If anything the Filipino guy is way to sensitive and just wants an excuse to say he was treated with racial animosity over his garbage handwriting. People are too easily offended, we shouldn't cater to the emotional instability of adults with the maturity levels of 6 year olds.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Let's say you are receiving a verbal report from a fellow from a another country originally, along with a handwritten reference sheet. This guy is from the Philippines. You can never read this fellow's handwriting. You tell him that his handwriting is difficult to read, and jokingly compare it to another co-worker's (well known to everyone) bad handwriting, who is also happens to befrom the Philippines. Then you good humoredly note "you guys are even from the same country".

    This previously congenial colleague flies off the handle, extremely offended, and accusing you of racism, calling you a racist. You immediately try to sooth the situation, apologizing, but the co-worker has trouble getting over it. Other co-workers are dumbfounded at the fellows reaction too.
    no, it's not.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Like rat stated...Filipino is a nationality, not a race.

    Thus, no.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    People seem to use the word racism rather broadly these days, to mean any and all prejudices.
    I don't even see how there was any prejudice. Or anything really derogatory. Some people just need to lighten the **** up and stop acting like the world revolves around them and their poor wittle feelings.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Racist, even in the non technical use of it? Probably not.

    Insensitive and just not smart to say in todays society? Probably yes.

    Able to give a definitive answer to such a hypothetical? Absolutely not, because there's no context around it. If this guy is known for saying borderline racist stuff about Filipino's then it'd likely be looked at as far more racist then say if he never made such comments and was married to a Filipino wife? Probably much less of a chance.

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    Re: Is this racism?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I don't think this is racist. It may be a little insensitive but not racist. If anything the Filipino guy is way to sensitive and just wants an excuse to say he was treated with racial animosity over his garbage handwriting. People are too easily offended, we shouldn't cater to the emotional instability of adults with the maturity levels of 6 year olds.
    I agree. It was mostly a well intended 'foot in mouth' moment, meant to humorously point out that the handwriting is impossible to read.

    Sometimes it seems better not to start feeling too chummy with people from other cultures. You start treating them just like you'd treat anyone else, but there still is a cultural gulf in the other person's eyes that can rear it's ugly head, with misunderstandings like this.

    I don't even know the stereotypes of Filipinos actually. The ones I've met seem hardworking and similar to other people.

    Throwing out the Race card is highly inflammatory, I must say. Accusing someone of racism should not be done lightly or on the spur of the moment.
    Last edited by MyOwnDrum; 05-19-10 at 03:50 PM. Reason: left out a word

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    Re: Is this racism?

    The guy in question has no history of making racist remarks and is pretty easy going and friendly. The remark was entirely off the cuff.

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