A black North American man, in his 20's, writes the following:
I have to admit, I can be a racist sometimes, but not in the way you'd think. I get along better with most white people than I do black people. When I grew up, most all of my friends were white. A lot of the time, I think the “black man” (me lol) is the least successful race in history. That, and most black dudes can’t play ice hockey to save their lives. I dunno, I’ve always vibed better with white people than I have with black people.I like the culture, I love the humor, the music, etc. I’m not an “Uncle Tom” by any stretch of the imagination, but I do feel comfortable around white people. I’ve attended a wedding before with 400+ people where I was THE minority. The only black dude there. It didn’t really seem weird to me either.
If it does seem racist, or just plain disturbing to you, why? Perhaps we're dealing with a tremendous double standard here?Would the above paragraph (sans the part about the "black man" being the writer or the writer being an "uncle Tom") be any more or less "racist" if the writer were white?Daniel played it real
safe with this one, but was "racist" nonetheless. Unfortunately in our society today it is perfectly acceptable to deride white people (to wit: them being referred to as "evil" in the original), afterall, they are the majority. Conversely, it is 100% acceptable to praise other races for their "good" stereotypical traits while at the same time absolutely abhorrent to even mention that a negative stereotype exists.IMO all
stereotypes are a bad thing and all
generalizations made about entire races of people are equally "racist" and should be equally unacceptable. This is true regardless of the speaker's race and regardless of the race he is making generalizations about. Furthermore, it shouldn't even matter if the statements are positive or negative! Why is saying that Black people are great cooks any more or less racist than calling them lazy? Why is saying that you prefer the company of black people any more or less racist than saying you prefer the company of white people? Does the relative level of "racistness" change if the above things are said by a black or white person? It shouldn't. If total equality is truly a goal of society then we need to eliminate stereotypes and double standards, not feed into them.