Someone I work with is pretty racist. Without realizing it, I think (but isn't that most racists). She'll say something every now and then and I try not to call her out on it, but to show her that she's wrong without saying outright that she's making an assumption. Usually I'll give a counter example and that seems to placate her for a while.
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Join Date: Jul 2011
Don't know anyone that's really racist, we joke sometimes but that's it. If I'd know someone who was then I wouldn't care if they weren't close to me anyway, I don't understand why others bother with people like that if they aren't even important to them.
90% of the residents of where I live are old white Christians who spent their lives harshly judging others because it was what society encouraged them to do as they grew up
aaand they're not nearly as bad as the Jerky McJerkfaces who I call my "friends". We have a group chat going on Facebook and about half an hour ago they were discussing the pros and cons of working at various fast food locations based on the racial compositions of the communities around these locations. That's the nicest way I can say "They agreed that they don't want to work at the McDonalds near (2 of) them because too many black people go there".
I'm not gonna lie, I hate 2 of my closest friends a lot because they're walking, breathing examples of why people hate the South. They're racist, homophobic, gun-loving, woman-hating pieces of crap and I hate talking about anything other than video games with them.
Sadly a lot of my family members over in Europe are pretty racist. Granted, they live in a society where pretty much everyone is white, but I don't think that should give anyone a reason to look down on others because of their race.
And down here in the south there happen to be some racists that come to my school, but fortunately I think it's a pretty small group.
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Join Date: Feb 2011
My parents are really racist lol. They're always judging people on the streets wearing garb from other cultures and shouting at the TV about immigrants and how they as taxpayers have to support them. It sickens me a little bit, but I'm not gonna cause a fuss about it. They've never said anythingracist to anybody of a different race, so as long as they keep it between themselves I don't really care. I don't really wanna hear it, but I don't care enough to make it into a big deal.
You have to be careful with what is "racist" and what is not. Some people for example think I'm racist for using the term "black" as opposed to "African American" (which I don't use because they may not be African in decent or American in current nationality), for example. Some people at work thought it was racist when I felt bad for black families who came in to take photos on the Christmas background a few months ago, only to show off so dark that it's difficult to make out their faces. I don't get some people.
If there is an obvious hating intent, I don't have anything to do with those kinds of people. Period. But I think that what counts as "obvious hating intent" or "violation of political correctness" are two totally different things though.
A related example, it's like my best friend is a blind guy. I make jokes about it all the time - ranging from him shooting lasers out of his twitching eyes, killing everyone, to dumb drivers running him over. People stare at me and act like I'm an ******* but he's laughing with me, and I'm there for him when he needs help from me for whatever reason, and honestly isn't that the kind of **** friends do? It's our way of playing around with each other and it makes us both feel natural with each other. Political correctness is lame.
It's the same thing really with racism. I will bet you that much of the time when people are being "racist" it's more like they're violating political correctness and don't genuinely hate a certain race or whatever.
Not many of the people I know are racist. Most people I know are pretty accepting - even the elderly. New York is quite liberal. Even most of our Republicans are pretty tolerant.
I usually use "African-American" to refer to people whose ancestors most likely came here on the slave ships - as opposed to immigrants from the West Indies or Africa. But mostly I say black.
I despise political correctness. One website I used to go to actually complained about the word "actress" because it's a word with a feminine suffix. Yet no one seems to have a problem with words like goddess or priestess. Maybe it's the image - "priestess" gives a very different image than "priest" (the male form would remind one of a Catholic priest, whereas the female form would probably conjure something more along the lines of paganism).
I prefer the term judgmental. I think racist is a pretty harsh word. Anyways, whenever someone's judging something/someone, I keep my mouth shut. I don't really say anything, because I respect other people's opinions, no matter how harsh it may be.
Everyone's a little bit racist, even if they don't think they are. Some of the stereotypes about certain groups of people are true, but we shouldn't judge them based off of them until they display those characteristics. But yeah, some people I know are judgmental, but I don't really know many racist people.