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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:08 AM
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What are some positive racist stereotypes?
And do you get offended by them? I find it strange how we accept positive racism because it isn't nasty. If I were to say, "Japanese people are hard workers" few people would actually call me a racist, yet it IS a racist statement.

It's kind of strange.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:09 AM
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1. Same reason we can say someone is hot, but it's taboo to say they're not.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:10 AM
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2. Yeah, good analogy
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:29 AM
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3. the, er, size thing
yes INDEED
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:31 AM
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4. Estonian ears?
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:32 AM
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6. I DO have a big lanyard.
Mmm Hmm.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 02:27 AM
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10. I HAVE HUGE.........TRACTS OF LAND
yes INDEED :D
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 05:02 AM
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18. Welcome to Jamaica Mon. Have a nice day!
;)
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 05:18 AM
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20. SCHEDULING TOUCHDOWN FOR ASS-KICKING
FOR......FOR BEING AS BAD AS ME :o
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:31 AM
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5. When asked about positive racial stereotypes, I always think of Reggie White.
From his speech to the Wisconsin legislature:

"...When you look at the black race, black people are very gifted in what we call worship and celebration. A lot of us like to dance, and if you go to black churches, you see people jumping up and down, because they really get into it.

White people were blessed with the gift of structure and organization. You guys do a good job of building businesses and things of that nature and you know how to tap into money pretty much better than a lot of people do around the world.

Hispanics are gifted in family structure. You can see a Hispanic person and they can put 20 or 30 people in one home. They were gifted in the family structure.

When you look at the Asians, the Asian is very gifted in creation, creativity and inventions. If you go to Japan or any Asian country, they can turn a television into a watch. They're very creative. And you look at the Indians, they have been very gifted in the spirituality..."

The whole speech is here: http://www.holysmoke.org/sdhok/reggie.htm

I would argue that he had the best of intentions (except toward gay people). But it's still racist and I find this kind of thing offensive.

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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:32 AM
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7. Jesus, that's so dumb it's funny
It's like my grandpa wrote it.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:34 AM
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8. Yeah, definitely cringe-worthy.
You could tell he actually thought he was saying nice things!
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 03:12 AM
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15. Oh, that's some old fashioned crazy racism.
Damn.
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SwampG8r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 01:45 AM
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9. i enjoy the whole native thing
once you go red you stay in the bed
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 02:44 AM
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11. Are you sure you didn't mean racial/racialist rather than racist? n/t
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 02:45 AM
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12. I wasn't aware there was a difference
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 02:49 AM
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13. Fair enough. I didn't know the difference until someone pointed it out to me
Racialism is the basic epistemological position that not only do races exist, but also that there are significant differences between them. This is to be contrasted with racism, which also assumes that some races are superior to others; or, in an altered meaning, refers to discrimination based on the concept of race.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racialism

Racism is the belief that the genetic factors which constitute race are a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.<1> Racism's effects are called "racial discrimination." In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or receive preferential treatment.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 02:53 AM
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14. Well, that's interesting
I'm glad you live in the same time zone as me, otherwise I'd never of learned that.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 03:37 AM
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16. Happy to help out
Edited on Mon Oct-25-10 04:01 AM by Turborama
I think you must have noticed some differences, living in this time zone. The key word is "difference" and it's a really important skill to be able to adapt to those differences. Those who don't or can't adapt have a much more difficult life.

I have a problem with people who use "superior" or "inferior" in any context. It sounds very totalitarian.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 04:50 AM
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17. Yet we trace voting patterns by race and sex and age...all the taboos.
Funny how that works
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