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Originally posted by Thescripter
Personally, my first impression of someone is how they dress. Let me explain - If I walk into a gas station and there is a group of people of any color with their pants sagging down and a sideways hat, I automatically make assumptions about them, it's just natural for me to do so. If that same group were dressed with proper fitting clothes I would have an entirely different feeling about them. Generally from my experience my first impression of people seems to be spot on. If I hear people shouting at each other across a store as a standard way of communication for them, I can usually assume how they dress and act and most of the time it is correct. As a matter of fact I have some new neighbors on my street that were placed here from government housing that are all white, none of the 7 of them have jobs and they dress with their pants down right above their knees, play gangsta rap out of a old crappy car in their driveway as loud as they can at all hours of the night and are constantly walking up and down the street on cell phones making drug deals loudly, and are out in the street all night yelling and screaming. The traffic in and out of the house is constant. Now what would you think of this? Would that be stereotyping or common sense? I know I have went off topic here, but I would like a few opinions on this.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
"Human" is a Species (Homo Sapiens)
"Human Race" is a made up term.
"Race" is a physical classification of bone structure (not skin color). It's a biological term that defines genetic classification within a specific species (there are different races of flowers for instance, or most honey bees are actually different races and not different species.
In Humans it's defined by hone structure, or Phenotype Characteristic (observable). There is very, very little genetic differences between races, it's simply physical makeup. But all Humans can be classified into three distinct physical families, Caucasian, African and Asian.
Then you have subraces called Ethnicity that through isolated human interbreeding create distinct physical characteristics (though they all share familiarity with their "race")
Now.... if you want to say "race doesn't matter" and "there's really no difference between the races" that's all fine and dandy. But you cannot say that race doesn't exist .. because it does.
Celebrate our differences. Don't stick your head in the sand and pretend we're all shades of grey.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by blueorder
What I would find with a 6 month stay in Compton, most likely, is that the denizens of Compton are very racist. I would be singled out as a white person that didn't belong. Nothing in my behavior is of a "black culture", and I would not fit in at all. I would suspect that bullying would eventually end up happening.
If i lived in Malibu, as I am now, nothing would happen. I have spent the last several years working around some folks with money, and understand the silly and shallow viewpoints they have. I would blend in far, far better. However, were I to be your regular Compton resident, and then move over to Malibu, i would expect the same thing as above: the racism of the people living in that neighborhood would likely make it very uncomfortable for me. I would expect the Malibu folks would, instead of using direct physical threats, instead use the police as a tool to bully me with.
People tend to segregate themselves. When you choose to go live "with your own kind", that is something that could be racist. Eschewing another race simply because of skin color is called "prejudice".
BTW, prejudice comes from "prejudge". Yes, prejudice is reality based most often, but all too often it is not.
Originally posted by deepankarm
I am a racist.
I don't treat people equally.
Discrimination comes naturally to me.
I am not a Saint, i am a human.
Everyone should be free to like or dislike someone for whatever reasons.
Racist:a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
I would hope that's all it is.
Dicrimination isn't inherently bad, it's simply the word we use to dicern differences among each other. And yes those differences exist, but you should not use them to judge a person's merit as a human being.
This is fundementally why in my mind, race does not exist, because you can't effectively use it to judge anybody, on any level that makes sense.