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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    You are being conditioned to associate an obvious trait with negative behavior. For example, many people get pissed about Indian accents because they associate them with the frustration of having a broken computer and dealing with tech support. The feedback loop effect makes it even worse, you are more likely to notice and remember every incident where you have a crappy Hispanic clerk because of your attitude, continuing into a downward spiral. My advice is to break the pattern. Find the Hispanic guy who doesn't fit the mold and notice the contrast. Or to make it even easier, find the idiotic store employee who isn't Hispanic and make note of what they look like. People may complain too much about how TV portrays a certain ethnicity or Gender, but you can alter someones perception by controlling their environment. Reinforce a stereotype enough and it can seem like the truth.
    I don't associate indian accents with crappy tech support as much as I associate it with a lot of needless haggling chatter followed by a frivolous lawsuit.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    I don't think you are becoming racist, I think you are just feed up with a barrier that could be removed with just a little effort.

    As far as a person become racist? Absolutely as I have seen it happen to a few people. I have also seen the reverse happen. It's like anything else, we are the sum of our experiences.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    -- In short, you are not racist against Hispanics, but more at incompetent Hispanics --
    I agree.
    Zyphlin what I think you have to remember is that those you are annoyed and angry at would arouse the exact same feelings if they were white / the same colour as you.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    In answer to the poll question: Yes, someone can become a racist. It's a learned behavior/concept, and people can learn things at any time in their life. People aren't born racist.

    I do believe, however, that people are born with a certain natural inclination towards being anti-outsider. Stems from our days as hunters and gatherers and seeing another pack meant competition for food. Territoriality and all that. It's instinctual.

    If you were in certain parts of Chicago, it wouldn't be Hispanics that bother you, it would be the Polish.

    Same situations, different group. (The reason why I realize nothing has changed in the way immigrants assimilate, etc overall is because I encounter so many immigrant groups that aren't Hispanic which do the same things that everyone claims that only Hispanics do. It's a universal thing across immigrant cultures, with the only real exceptions being those that already spoke English as their primary language prior to immigrating, which means the Irish for the most part, but their papist beliefs were the big issue for them instead of language. The difference is that being in Chicago, I encounter non-Hispanic immigrants far more than most people in the country do. My neighborhood is practically a suburb of Warsaw)

    So what you are experiencing isn't racism. It's a distaste for outsiders. Unless you start to extrapolate your natural inclination towards disliking outsiders and apply that to the race, including non-outsiders of that race, it won't ever become racism.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    I dont think a person can become racist, but when one encounters a lot of certain behaviours from members of a particular group, one can forget or not realise that all members of the group are not like that.

    I lived in an area of Dublin, which was close to one of the roughest sections of social welfare houses in the city. After my house was broken into once and I had 3 cars stolen from outside my house and burnt in a nearby street, and had to walk past syringes, condoms... on the street regularly as I walked to work, I started to refer to the people in the social welfare houses as 'them' and apply unflattering characteristics to them, because of the sheer frustration of encountering so much crime done by some of 'them'. I literally would forget that they were not all like that. In fact, there were lots of friendly ones that I used to chat with when I was out shopping, or in the local cafes, just going about their ordinary everyday activities such as shopping, picking their kids up from school... There were also a lot of them in the hospital where my daughter was born, who were simply just mothers doing the best they knew how for their kids, and not involved in any crime at all.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    I'm canceling your vote.

    Dude, I speak a reasonable amount of Spanish. Enough to get by anyway. But still, a nation needs a fracking common language! If too many people can't even fracking TALK to each other, national unity is going down the flusher.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Yes you can. Basically it only takes a negative experience with said group whichever it may be and is reinforced with a social stereotype. People with a greater strength over their emotion via personal intellectual discourse, can over ride this by understanding that it was possible to happen with equivalent racial variety and it is mainly the stereotype that reinforces the racist sentiment. It is something that has to be kept in check regularly because the first thing that people see are obvious matters such as skin color etc.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    I agree.
    Zyphlin what I think you have to remember is that those you are annoyed and angry at would arouse the exact same feelings if they were white / the same colour as you.
    Yes, but you wouldn't be inclined to generalize that negativity to everyone who is white/the same color as you. It is stereotyping that supports racism.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Yes, but you wouldn't be inclined to generalize that negativity to everyone who is white/the same color as you. It is stereotyping that supports racism.
    True.

    Both are a natural human trait.

    It is natural for humans to stereotype other humans (and animals, for that matter).

    Thus it would seem to follow that racism, as a byproduct of stereotyping, is a natural human trait.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    True.

    Both are a natural human trait.

    It is natural for humans to stereotype other humans (and animals, for that matter).

    Thus it would seem to follow that racism, as a byproduct of stereotyping, is a natural human trait.
    Yes, it would, wouldn't it?
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