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Post Reply Have you ever been racially stereotyped?
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Posted 1/12/13

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assuming that I don't know how to speak "proper English"and that I'm some ignorant thug gang banger simply because I choose to speak like everyone I was raised with.


Dude, I am white. And I do not think of african's like that. But, this is coming from someone who was born and raised in a rough neighborhood, what would I know :p


You're not part of the problem. People who love to live in their cultural/social bubbles are the problem.
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It's not so much the problem of have I been stereotyped. It is when, how badly and by who. Assuming that people don't or do something is the issue. This assumption people have of others, especially towards those who they've never met or have not enough background knowledge on, is stereotyping in whatever sense that they depict. This slanderous assumption aimed towards others as defined by one's thoughts on race is just specified and more easily noticeable.

For instance calling a girl a whore based on your opinion on her choice of clothing. Because you would never wear her clothing, assuming you're a girl in this case, due to your own beliefs or preferences you would go out of your way to try and defend your beliefs and desensitize the views of others. This action, more of a series of thoughts chained together but some of us like to speak what we think so I'm not limiting the example, is in a sense a stereotype namely because you would also associate other girls who dress like the one who sparked the assumptions. The finalization of this being a stereotype is when you pick other girls who would dress similarly to try and defend, or prove, your point.

Now instead of just picking out the way this girl, I'll just call her Girl A, dresses you also point out the color of her skin. Her race. This stereotype that you made earlier now branches off to claim that not only those who dress like that, but also the girls of her race in general. This singling out of color is what causes all the hullabaloo we know as racial stereotyping. Of course there are worse examples, "because he's black he must be a thug or delinquent.", "because hes brown he's stupid." or like " Because she's from Canada she must be a hick or an eskimo." These cases where one states such slanderous generalizations based off assumptions aren't so much painful as I view them as tedious, insensitive and rather child like.

I understand there's not much to "do", as in a sense of reaction, for it. But rather than take it to offense, although there are times when these trolls just get to me, I try to use these little sayings and accusations as fuel for the machine. The machine being the will to succeed and prove wrong the stereotypes. I mean, actions speak louder than words right? In this sense I feel that the stereotypes won't so much stop, as the ability to manipulate and transform opinions is rather unlikely, as much as it is they will change. Instead of something so demeaning and crude, they might change, hopefully, into ones of a more... tolerable nature.

So in short to answer the original question of have I, the answer would yes, be every now and then but I try not to take heed to the sayings or subliminal actions in the sense of making me mad. But it is such a little thing that it does not require too much attention, to me at least. It is as important as a fly hitting my windshield.
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On white privilege, The problem with that is very simple. If racism toward other races exists, then White privilege exists. White privilege is NOT stereotyping because is it not perceived. Stereotypes are factually untrue, factually unrealistic statements. But on the basics of white privilege the NUMBERS and facts hold true to the statements. But instead of calling it white privilege call it "Majority" privilege. And then no one would have a problem with it. Since the majority makes rules and laws to benefit itself, why is it white privilege is a stereotype? Lets look at it this way, College enrollment, jobs, income. Since the majority is still the majority in all these areas.... It is a part of the "Majority" Privilege. While the minority usually falls below the minority limitations. IE if 24% of the population is Black, 24% should be in the work force, 24% should be enrolled in college 24% should be in all income brackets. We learn quickly that this is not true. While Whites are 60% of the population.... they have higher than 60% of all those fields. Thus the majority bias goes beyond its bounds. Thus their must be some form of bias based on race. Thus the concept of White Privilege is assumed. Since all men are equal if given the same circumstances. White privilege refers to the better circumstance that one race gets over another. If we were in Iraq, it would be very different. Being white would NOT give you that privilege since you would not be the majority. And you would live with the persecution that other races in this country suffer from by being the minority.
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On white privilege, The problem with that is very simple. If racism toward other races exists, then White privilege exists. White privilege is NOT stereotyping because is it not perceived. Stereotypes are factually untrue, factually unrealistic statements. But on the basics of white privilege the NUMBERS and facts hold true to the statements. But instead of calling it white privilege call it "Majority" privilege. And then no one would have a problem with it. Since the majority makes rules and laws to benefit itself, why is it white privilege is a stereotype? Lets look at it this way, College enrollment, jobs, income. Since the majority is still the majority in all these areas.... It is a part of the "Majority" Privilege. While the minority usually falls below the minority limitations. IE if 24% of the population is Black, 24% should be in the work force, 24% should be enrolled in college 24% should be in all income brackets. We learn quickly that this is not true. While Whites are 60% of the population.... they have higher than 60% of all those fields. Thus the majority bias goes beyond its bounds. Thus their must be some form of bias based on race. Thus the concept of White Privilege is assumed. Since all men are equal if given the same circumstances. White privilege refers to the better circumstance that one race gets over another. If we were in Iraq, it would be very different. Being white would NOT give you that privilege since you would not be the majority. And you would live with the persecution that other races in this country suffer from by being the minority.


I agree with the majority of what you've said, except for the last bit--referring to Dubai specifically.
My Economics professor once applied to a job as a financial consultant. He is a white-American and had received his education from a state university. Meanwhile, an Indian man of the same qualifications, except from one of the top-schools in India and presumably more experience, applied for the same job. My professor was offered salary X, whilst the Indian man was offered half of that. He had seen this situation countless time as in Asia, there is a social-stigma that considers the west to be more intellectually superior. It's almost a form of institutionalized discrimination. Although obviously, in most cases where equally impressive qualifications exist, the work-force in Dubai would prefer locals, there is still a form of Economical privilege towards the West.
I do acknowledge however that this is not necessarily the case all the time (Medicine, for example), but in the Business/Social-science field, the west still seems to be globally favored.
Even in a country like the Middle East, westerners (white, preferably) are still generally favored in industrialized areas.
In most cases, though, yes, the privilege lies with the majority.
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The problem here is that white people believe that "calling something racist is racist within itself". No; Ignoring the elephant in the room will not make it go away.
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Yoromeku wrote:

On white privilege, The problem with that is very simple. If racism toward other races exists, then White privilege exists. White privilege is NOT stereotyping because is it not perceived. Stereotypes are factually untrue, factually unrealistic statements. But on the basics of white privilege the NUMBERS and facts hold true to the statements. But instead of calling it white privilege call it "Majority" privilege. And then no one would have a problem with it. Since the majority makes rules and laws to benefit itself, why is it white privilege is a stereotype? Lets look at it this way, College enrollment, jobs, income. Since the majority is still the majority in all these areas.... It is a part of the "Majority" Privilege. While the minority usually falls below the minority limitations. IE if 24% of the population is Black, 24% should be in the work force, 24% should be enrolled in college 24% should be in all income brackets. We learn quickly that this is not true. While Whites are 60% of the population.... they have higher than 60% of all those fields. Thus the majority bias goes beyond its bounds. Thus their must be some form of bias based on race. Thus the concept of White Privilege is assumed. Since all men are equal if given the same circumstances. White privilege refers to the better circumstance that one race gets over another. If we were in Iraq, it would be very different. Being white would NOT give you that privilege since you would not be the majority. And you would live with the persecution that other races in this country suffer from by being the minority.


I agree with the majority of what you've said, except for the last bit--referring to Dubai specifically.
My Economics professor once applied to a job as a financial consultant. He is a white-American and had received his education from a state university. Meanwhile, an Indian man of the same qualifications, except from one of the top-schools in India and presumably more experience, applied for the same job. My professor was offered salary X, whilst the Indian man was offered half of that. He had seen this situation countless time as in Asia, there is a social-stigma that considers the west to be more intellectually superior. It's almost a form of institutionalized discrimination. Although obviously, in most cases where equally impressive qualifications exist, the work-force in Dubai would prefer locals, there is still a form of Economical privilege towards the West.
I do acknowledge however that this is not necessarily the case all the time (Medicine, for example), but in the Business/Social-science field, the west still seems to be globally favored.
Even in a country like the Middle East, westerners (white, preferably) are still generally favored in industrialized areas.
In most cases, though, yes, the privilege lies with the majority.


Interesting. If this problem exists in the U.S., then as a Latino, I should expect more barriers in getting a job after getting my bachelor's despite being a student in one of the best universities. Feel free to correct if I'm wrong, 'cause this is intriguing.
*heavy sigh* As if getting a local part-time job isn't hard enough where I live. Although, I have "better" chances of working at the more international areas/firms (Disney, for example) in Florida. Many times I've been asked if I'm interested in working part-time in such places, but long distances and high gas prices are in the way.
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I'm not sure if this counts, but one time in high school, one of my people commented that I "don't act Puerto Rican". She was younger than me at that time so she probably didn't know any better. I corrected her by replying, "I am FROM the island, like you. You mean to say that I don't act or talk gangsta enough, which is not all that we are". What really gave her away to give me that comment was 2 things:

-My rock music clothes (and there are plenty rock listeners in San Juan and Ponce).
-Not acting or looking "gangsta" or "ghetto". I can't tell you how insulted I felt.

Again she was younger than me.

Later in college, a Venezuelan girl asked me why I don't dance or listen to any type of Latin music (a common stereotype among my fellow Latino brethren). The problem isn't the question, but her tone as if something's wrong with me. I replied, "as nice as it sounds, it doesn't call out to me as much as loud guitars, do."

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Well I'm Asian. Enough said.
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Girl: Hey, are you Chinese?
Me: No...
Girl: Are you Japanese?
Me: No...
Girl: Are you Hong Kong
Me: (wtf o.O) ...no
Girl: Are you Asian?
Me: ...Yeaa
Girl: I knew it!!

Does this girl know what Asian means lmao
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Everyday of my life. It's hard being a white male. Sometimes I think my life is a lie.....
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I laugh at this too. Being a history major, always like to point that most white people in America did not own slaves & that more people in africa owned slaves & that the East African Slave trade lasted for about 300 years more than the West afirca trade (where a about 250k went to North America & the several million went to South America). .
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My dad is 100% Mexican and my mom is 100% Puerto Rican. To people, I don't "look hispanic". People always look really surprised when I speak spanish. In high school I was so used to hearing "What! You're spanish? You're lying." No. I'm pretty sure I'm hispanic. And yeah, I know I "look white". But it hasn't bothered me in a while.
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I'm asian, but my pops is Irish-German-White and my mum is indonesian. so im automatically refered to as a for some reason, which is ironic because i hate mexican food
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Posted 1/14/13 , edited 1/14/13

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Everyday of my life. It's hard being a white male. Sometimes I think my life is a lie.....


Lmao looks like some one wants attention.
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Technically white people are the most stereotyped race on the planet

Aaaand we kinda deserve it.
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