Wow this was a racist comment
Err how so?
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 01:02 AM
also a lot of you assholes need to realize how idiotic it looks when you're accusing someone of blatant racism. why in fresh hell do you think this is an effective tactic? few people actually think they're racist (the ones that do are unabashedly so and will usually take a break from posting on stormfront and let you know to your face.)
truth is everyone has hidden prejudices that often go unexposed for years (or for a lifetime.) this isn't black and white (no pun intended) as an issue. there are a lot of shades of gray. it is not possible to be a racist without being prejudiced, but it is possible to have unconscious prejudices without being a conscious racist.
instead of the cockslapping maybe we should be discussing this in terms of degrees rather than blocky absolutes.
Racial prejudice, for instance, typically arises from race-based stereotypes. People of influence who prejudge others set the stage for institutional racism to occur. How does this happen? This overview of what racial prejudice is, why it’s dangerous, and how to combat prejudice explains in detail.
Likely because of his skin color, English professor and writer Moustafa Bayoumi says that strangers often ask him, “Where are you from?” When he answers that he was born in Switzerland, grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, he raises eyebrows. Why? Because the people doing the questioning have a preconceived idea about what Westerners generally and Americans particularly look like. They’re operating under the (erroneous) assumption that natives of the United States don’t have brown skin, black hair or names that aren’t English in origin. Bayoumi acknowledges that the people suspicious of him typically don’t “have any real malice in mind.” Still, they allow prejudice to guide them. While Bayoumi, a successful author, has taken the questions about his identity in stride, others deeply resent being told that their ancestral origins make them less American than others. Prejudice of this nature may not only lead to psychological trauma but also to racial discrimination. Arguably no group demonstrates this more than Japanese Americans.
Prejudice Begets Institutional Racism
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. public viewed Americans of Japanese descent suspiciously. Although many Japanese Americans had never stepped foot in Japan and knew only of the country from their parents and grandparents, the notion spread that the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) were more loyal to the Japanese empire than to their birthplace—the United States. Acting with this idea in mind, the federal government decided to round up more than 110,000 Japanese Americans and place them in internment camps for fear that they would team up with Japan to plot additional attacks against the United States. No evidence suggested that Japanese Americans would commit treason against the U.S. and join forces with Japan. Without trial or due process, the Nisei were stripped of their civil liberties and forced into detention camps. The case of Japanese-American internment is one of the most egregious cases of racial prejudice leading to institutional racism. In 1988, the U.S. government issued a formal apology to Japanese Americans for this shameful chapter in history.
The Link Between Racial Prejudice and Stereotypes
Prejudice and race-based stereotypes work hand in hand. Due to the pervasive stereotype that an all-American person is blonde and blue-eyed (or at the very least white), those who don’t fit the bill—such as Moustafa Bayoumi—are prejudged to be foreign or “other.” Never mind that this characterization of an all-American more aptly describes the Nordic population than individuals who are indigenous to the Americas or the diverse groups that make up the United States today.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:24 PM
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