reply to post by AnIntellectualRedneck
I have a penchant for making points through the telling of personal experiences or stories, so please bear with me:
I once had the opportunity to work for a veterinarian who was a licensed wildlife rehabber. We saw many wild animals such as owls, hawks, eagles,
raccoons, crows, opossums, turtles, etc. I noticed some very interesting behaviors while doing this work, especially among the more intelligent
creatures such as the owls, crows, and raccoons. When exposed to a human who was not trying to harm them, they seemed to become confused and reacted
in odd ways. We were often able to handle large owls, eagles, and hawks which, after a time, remained calm and non-aggressive. Doc explained to me
that this is because their survival instincts - and their early life lessons - teach them to sort living things into two categories - predator or
prey. Although we have "eyes forward" and may have initially been identified as predators, repeated interactions in which we did not make any
attempt to harm them but were obviously too large (and controlling no doubt
) to be prey left them puzzled and confused as to how to react to us.
Fight or Flight failed them.
Although we distance ourselves from the "lower" animals, we, too, have these instincts which are augmented by our own life lessons and the lessons
we learn from our parents and teachers. Although we do not live in an "eat or be eaten" world, our success - and sometimes our survival - still
depends at least partially on being able to identify other humans as "predator" or "prey". Yes, we have many other categories and many choices on
how to interact with strangers and other people we encounter, but the initial assessment of a human we don't know often includes, whether consciously
or subconsciously, a determination on whether or not they are a potential threat.
Such assessments are frequently aided by an evaluation of how the person is dressed, body language, "markings" such as piercings, tattoos, gang
colors, and hairstyles. And we all know
this - we grow up with it. If you see a woman on a street corner wearing shiny high heels, fishnet
stockings, a miniskirt, and a plunging neckline, what do you think? Of course you do, and most of us would probably say that if she doesn't want us
to form that opinion of her, she shouldn't dress like that. If you see a man in Florida wearing a sun hat, sunglasses, white pasty stuff on his nose,
a loud Hawaiian shirt, bermudas, sandals, and a camera hanging around his neck, would you feel guilty for immediately assessing him as a "tourist!"?
Of course not, and if someone tried to make you feel bad for it, you'd probably say that if the man doesn't want to be identified as a tourist, he
shouldn't dress like that!
So why is it that we think we should feel guilty, or are made to think that we should feel guilty, for basing initial assessments of people on things
like dreadlocks, piercings, shiny jackets 3 sizes too big, exposed underwear, pants crotches at knees, gang tats, gang colors, unlaced shoes, muscle
shirts, hats on backward, mohawks, spiked hair, and so on and so forth? Hey - if you don't want us to think you might be a "gangsta," a thug, or a
threat, then don't dress like that!
But modern political correctness and "racism" try to tell us that we shouldn't judge people based on how they look, and try to make us feel guilty
or bad if we do. And it's BS, because our basic instincts and our experiences tell us that, in order to survive or avoid trouble, we must
able to assess people for the potential of being a threat, and quickly, when we see them. Walking through the world in rose-colored glasses thinking
that everyone around you is a wonderful, kind, loving person who would never want to hurt you is how you become prey.
So fine - call me a racist if you want. I'm still crossing the street when I see you all decked out like a gang banging thug with your boxers
showing, and what's more I refuse to feel bad about it. If you don't want me to avoid you or be a little afraid of you, then don't dress like