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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    N*gga stole my bike. I'm racist now.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    I think people can become racist. I don't know if this counts for anything or if it makes me racist, but I feel very uncomfortable and scared around blacks, Mexicans, and white guys who dress like thugs and curse a lot. This is due to the fact that while at a Sonic drive in, two black guys dressed like thugs and wearing black and white checkered bandannas over their faces came over and just started shooting up the place. They went into the kitchen area and just started opening fire without saying a word. I myself was shaking and ran straight into my friend's car. We then went around 90mph down the road and ran red lights (the girl who was driving was terrified). I was the one to call the police and deal with that whole aspect of things. I have no problem at all around minorities around any race, but anyone that dresses like a thug/gangster or wears a bandanna I feel very uncomfortable around. I just don't feel safe, and my initial reaction is to get as far away from them as possible.
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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.

    To some degree it is a survival trait.

    A scorpion stung me; it hurt and I was sick for days. Therefore I will avoid or kill all scorpions, rather than assuming there are some good and some bad scorpions.

    It can, of course, be carried to counterproductive extremes.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    If you hate all hispanics because you think they are all stupid, slow, and inept, then maybe you are becoming racist, but I sincerely doubt this to be the case with you. As we grow older, most of us notice that different cultures and races have their own aptitudes, habits, and idiosyncracies. It's not racist to notice these things, but it is racist to hate them based on differences and actually desire or attempt to cause harm to them due to it.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    It's probably already been said, but I think you are taking frustrating circumstances and translating it into race generalizations.

    In my first year in China I went through a period where I hated the Chinese intensely. All of them. I would badmouth their society and got so annoyed... but that was because I went through culture shock, had to adjust to all of their different ways of doing things, and suffered extreme annoyance in the process. Right now I'm in Vancouver, and similar things can annoy me, but any given person - whether they are white, black, chinese, etc. - can be irritating.

    I think if you're surrounded by a lot of one particular race or culture that is different from you, you will start to attribute all of the bad things that happen to their race. That is just normal human thinking to want to categorize and label... but once you step into a different environment that is equally annoying but occupied by another race, the same thing can start to happen.

    After being in and out of China, and now that I am back in a multicultural zone, I have a much more balanced perspective on the Chinese.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    People are people. Blaming anything on how they look is silly. It's like blaming inanimate objects.

    That said, there are defining issues with the Chinese (I mean actual Chinese people, in China - not people with such ancestry) beyond having a certain ethnic look. They're communist slaves living under wretched oppression, without freedom of speech. While being Chinese doesn't make anyone a bad person, I imagine living under constant tyranny would and therefore your impressions could be entirely valid and yet not race based. Now that you are home, you feel guilty and want to make excuses for their government instilled cowardice, perhaps? Note again, I'm not refering to merely "Chinese people" but specifically "people living in China", the latter having nothing to do with 'race'.

    Culture and government (to a large extent) are choices and can be condemned by outsiders as well as insiders, ethically. Condemning a race is unethical. Culturally speaking, I don't buy into any of that "different but equal" crap. Some cultures and/or government systems suck.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Frankly, I really like all the orientals I have met and currently know. They generally are well-mannered, serious, and a pleasure to be around. They also generally have delightful children, and that's not something that I can say about most of the people I have known.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Frankly, I really like all the orientals I have met and currently know. They generally are well-mannered, serious, and a pleasure to be around. They also generally have delightful children, and that's not something that I can say about most of the people I have known.
    People can't be oriental. Only inanimate objects can be. For example: an oriental table, doll, or eating utensil; or subjects like oriental medicine, oriental gardening, etc. Similarly, stuff from our part of the world can be called oxidental... like oxidental technology, or oxidental science. But you would never call an American oxidental.

    Just had to clarify that. Most people don't know the difference.

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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    People can't be oriental. Only inanimate objects can be. For example: an oriental table, doll, or eating utensil; or subjects like oriental medicine, oriental gardening, etc. Similarly, stuff from our part of the world can be called oxidental... like oxidental technology, or oxidental science. But you would never call an American oxidental.

    Just had to clarify that. Most people don't know the difference.
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    Re: Can you "Become" Racist?

    I thought the orient was a sub-region of asia, the south/east land, and oriental is a subset of asian, the south/east asians.


    It wouldn't be the first time I was absurdly ignorant about something...
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