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Racist night excursions

MannosukeMannosuke Posts: 12,761Member

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edited April 2012 in general discussion
So the other day my friend was walking down the street at night and he saw a black dude up ahead with a sleeveless vest, black bandanna, and bbq grills.
He immediately cautioned himself and was prepared for any confrontations with the dude.

Is my friend racist?
If it was a white guy I'm sure he wouldn't have reacted like that.
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  • KerrigantonKerriganton Posts: 1,855Member

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    edited April 2012
    Everyone stereotypes   

    No way around it unless they have some kind of mental condition.  So is he racist?

    As racist as a guy cowering when he sees a bear.
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  • MannosukeMannosuke Posts: 12,761Member

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    edited April 2012
    Stereotyping does not make you racist.
    Especially when you're up against a bear.

    It is racist when black is involved.
  • KerrigantonKerriganton Posts: 1,855Member

    ROOKIE

    edited April 2012
    Mannosuke wrote on 22 April 2012 - 12:16 PM:

    Stereotyping does not make you racist.
    Especially when you're up against a bear.

    It is racist when black is involved.


    You just answered you own question.
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  • MannosukeMannosuke Posts: 12,761Member

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    edited April 2012
    Kerriganton wrote on 22 April 2012 - 04:25 PM:

    You just answered you own question.


    So you're saying he was only stereotyping a black dude to be a violent murdering thug that's out to mug him of 3 dollars and 24 cents and not being a racist prick?
  • KerrigantonKerriganton Posts: 1,855Member

    ROOKIE

    edited April 2012
    Mannosuke wrote on 22 April 2012 - 12:59 PM:

    So you're saying he was only stereotyping a black dude to be a violent murdering thug that's out to mug him of 3 dollars and 24 cents and not being a racist prick?


    As racist as a guy cowering when he sees a bear. (Implying just because it is a bear, it is going to attack him)

    Is he racist sure depending on how you look at it. Heck I considered someone a racist if they ask what race someone is.  Everyone is racist and stereotypical.
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  • MannosukeMannosuke Posts: 12,761Member

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    Kerriganton wrote on 22 April 2012 - 05:05 PM:

    As racist as a guy cowering when he sees a bear. (Implying just because it is a bear, it is going to attack him)


    It is only racism when a human is involved.
    Because racism applies only to the human race.


    Everyone is racist and stereotypical.


    No, not everyone is racist.
    Please don't group everyone with yourself to justify your own racist thoughts.
  • KerrigantonKerriganton Posts: 1,855Member

    ROOKIE

    Mannosuke wrote on 22 April 2012 - 01:32 PM:

    It is only racism when a human is involved.
    Because racism applies only to the human race.



    No, not everyone is racist.
    Please don't group everyone with yourself to justify your own racist thoughts.


    1. lol ok. I am pretty sure I would be scared and go with extreme caution if I see someone up ahead with a gun.. I probably would be racist to Humans to.

    2. Everyone is a lil bit racist.. Just some more so than others.
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  • imsomessedupimsomessedup POOTIS Posts: 645Member

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    Mannosuke wrote on 22 April 2012 - 02:56 PM:

    So the other day my friend was walking down the street at night and he saw a black dude up ahead with a sleeveless vest, black bandanna, and bbq grills.
    He immediately cautioned himself and was prepared for any confrontations with the dude.

    Is my friend racist?
    If it was a white guy I'm sure he wouldn't have reacted like that.



    your friend is just dumb
    white people are scarier
    they're more likely to cause confrontations than blacks because they can get away with it
  • HERMITHERMIT Posts: 10,599Friend of Soompi

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    edited April 2012
    Mannosuke wrote on 22 April 2012 - 12:56 PM:

    So the other day my friend was walking down the street at night and he saw a black dude up ahead with a sleeveless vest, black bandanna, and bbq grills.
    He immediately cautioned himself and was prepared for any confrontations with the dude.

    Is my friend racist?
    If it was a white guy I'm sure he wouldn't have reacted like that.


    No, I don't think he's racist.  I think your friend was just being justifiably cautious.
    And I don't think race has anything to do with it anyway.
    I mean, look at the way he was dressed as you have described.

    Certainly a guy walking around late at night without even so much as a pair of pants, underwear, and shoes (to go with the vest, bandana, and grills) would have to merit some kind of scrutiny.
    I know I'd certainly do a double take - much like the one in my signature.

  • itrayyaitrayya latchkey princess. California.Posts: 7,221Friend of Soompi

    IDOL

    ^ agree.

    i think everyone has the right to fear for their safety.
    in general when you're walking down the street at night, you should be aware.
  • NPB-XKNPB-XK Thread Hijacker Area-Sexy-One - MontrPosts: 5,222Member

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    edited April 2012
    If everyone is racist, does that count those who were born deaf and blind? Or would you accuse them of... "potentially racists"?
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  • paintyourxtargetpaintyourxtarget Posts: 211Member
    edited April 2012
    As a female, I would definitely be scared walking at night by myself where the only other person around was wearing grills--regardless of race. I stereotype the hell out of anyone who wears baggy-Richard Simmons clothes, bandanas, grills, has a certain swagger, etc.

    I'm sure your friend would have had a different response if the same guy was clean-cut with school books listening to his ipod.
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  • Heart.netHeart.net Posts: 170Member
    Wait...he could see him? (Now that's racist.)

    Your friend is just cautious and rightly so.
  • ailuiailui Posts: 69Member
    edited April 2012
    i too believe it was more a problem of attire than that of colour
  • monkeyinabarrelmonkeyinabarrel Posts: 1,371Member

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    Mannosuke wrote on 22 April 2012 - 03:56 PM:

    So the other day my friend was walking down the street at night and he saw a black dude up ahead with a sleeveless vest, black bandanna, and bbq grills.
    He immediately cautioned himself and was prepared for any confrontations with the dude.

    Is my friend racist?
    If it was a white guy I'm sure he wouldn't have reacted like that.

    nah it's not racist
    I mean lets be serious here if a white guy wore that attire he's a wannabe black (aka wigger)
    Wigger_bling.jpg does this look scary to you?
    compared to this photo of tupac thug-life-tupac.jpg

    not to be bad talking wiggers here but the wigger in the photo looks a whole lot physically fit than one I know
  • AnthonyKkoKkoAnthonyKkoKko Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,991Member

    IDOL

    Well, if I was walking down the street at night and I saw a shady looking character, I'd be scared regardless of race.

    As long as we are different, there will be stereotypes... In a perfect world, nobody would be judgemental or have preconceived bias about how a person will act or behave based on a physical or mental trait... But in this world, because of what countries have done in history, because of what our parents have told us growing up, because of our friends and because of the media that dominates almost every aspect of our lives, we're so exposed to stereotypes that most of us succumb to them... I think it takes a person with strong morals and values to stand up against them.

    Going back to your story, even if it was a fellow Asian in a bandana and vest approaching me at night in the city, you bet I'd have my hand ready to dial 911 LOL :D
  • hot.cocoahot.cocoa Posts: 43Member
    monkeyinabarrel wrote on 28 April 2012 - 04:52 PM:

    nah it's not racist
    I mean lets be serious here if a white guy wore that attire he's a wannabe black (aka wigger)
    *quoted image* does this look scary to you?
    compared to this photo of tupac *quoted image*

    not to be bad talking wiggers here but the wigger in the photo looks a whole lot physically fit than one I know


    i don't think this is really a fair comparison.. tupac is a lot more built than the white guy.. 
  • Dara-chanDara-chan Posts: 185Member
    Racism is when someone discriminates another because of their race. Your friend wasn't rascist since he was discriminating the other party. (i.e. calling him insulting names, saying things like he can't walk on the street because he's black, etc.) Basically, your friend was stereotyping. He saw how the man dressed and assumed that he was a threat just based on his attire, not his race. If he was basing this on race, then he would be scared every time he saw a black person. -_-  

  • HERMITHERMIT Posts: 10,599Friend of Soompi

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    hot.cocoa wrote on 28 April 2012 - 08:59 PM:

    i don't think this is really a fair comparison.. tupac is a lot more built than the white guy.. 

    Not to mention, Tupac is dead.  If you saw him, then that would mean he's come back as a zombie - and that's way more scary at a much different level.

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