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Would you say anything back if someone calls u a racist term?
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Posted 4/8/08 , edited 6/2/08
so yet again i got picked on last saturday when i walked pass a group of teenages, and one of the girls said the word chink when she saw me, and i stopped walking and said 'why did u have to be racist?' and another girl said 'my friend is sorry' (yeah as if she really was ), and i started to argue, so one of the lads tapped my showder and said 'just turn around and go' and i thought ok i'll leave it, but as soon as i turn my back they started to copied what i said 'why did you have to be racist' and 'ch*nky' 'ch*nky' so i turned back and said, 'why do you even have to be that racist', and a 14 year old girl poped up and said, 'we're not racist, YOU ARE', so i was thinking what the hell, and said 'no you are, you child', and she went 'i'm not a child' (btw i'm 19), and i went 'yes you are, you look like 12 to me' and she was really offended because i called her a 12 year old, and i'm not suppose to be offended when they are racist to me? wtf?!

so the passengers started to look at us and i tried not to cry and shouted the last words 'you ignorant people, and you will be spending your whole life time working in a tiny corner shop stocking up the shelfs because you are so racist and uneducated'and my tears pour off when i turn my back, and it just made my whole week miserable

so yeah if someone tried to make my day bad, i will make theirs bad too, so my questions is, would you guys be as bold(or stupid) as i am?[


REPIES:

thanks to all you guys here, you make me feel better, and yeah i guess i have to learn how to patients!

akkune: i'm in england too.. in yorkshire matie..

hugegnome: lol i wish we had that in here then we can call for help, all we can do is call the police if our house got damaged, but they couldnt do anything either

snow-chibi: thats nice, global village

anongigazz: yeah i know what you mean, i think stereotype type jokes is ok as long as it doesnt contain offensive words, like russell peters jokes, 'chinese people speaks as if they're chopping veggetables', its a stereotype, usually who's mother tongue is cantonese speaks like that, i speak like that sometimes, and thats a stereotype for cantonese speakers, but if someone say 'ding dong chink chong' then thats over the line

xxfangirlxx: exactly, its hard to hold it, and yeah sometimes racist people try to offend you by using wrong word, my friend whos a chinese girl but got a darker tone, got called a 'n*gger' before, WTH? *sorry if i offended anyone*

music190: lol

dotjaratillors: i think i should call them chinese wannabe next time ;p

midnightzorya: i couldnt agree more, kids (not just white kids, but kids in general) these days steals, cheeky as ever and spoiled so badly because most of their parents are *well, not poor* and think they can do anything, and i would really like to smack them but because i'm 'an adult' so i'll get arrested if i touch them, yip exactly this is how stupid it is, when someone physcally attacked me or our house, police dont really do anything, but if i do the same to THEIR kids, they'll make it so obvious that its my fault, and (about the anicent thing) my teacher (english) said the same thing too LOL but i think its ok for english to say it but not chinese because they'll think we're racist

toelovehan: good words, but the problem is it will take me ages to remember all these big words xd

katorulez93: lol thanks but your profile pic scared me =.=

ninabon: you go girl!

hokipokie: haha the problem is if i dont edit the post it will be ended up all my replying squeese in the whole 2 pages so i guess i'm better replying this way ;p
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I agree with you that they were being racist and for that I sympathize.

I might have gone up and confronted them initially for what the person said, but I wouldn't have bothered a 2nd time. I'll feel that I've made my point and just ignore it. Really, they're just kids and it's hard to explain the full impact of racism to them. It's like all the other things kids their age like to do, like unsafe sex, taking drugs and so on. Not that its right, but I wouldn't have bothered with them enough to do too much. They have too many of each other telling them its perfectly all right that what you said wouldn't have really mattered.

I wouldn't have argued after the person apologized for her friend. Not that I would believe her, but that I wouldn't have bothered. Don't let another person's ignorance get you down.

Another thing to say, however, is what you said to them wasn't exactly fair either. Don't stoop to their level just to get your point across.
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I really would not have done anything. They are just words after all. Besides, you'll show them when you become the one who signs their below-minimum wage paychecks.
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Chuncky? What is that supposed to mean? *puzzled*


Just ignore 'em, they are just jealous of you.


Thing is, people will always be racists. No matter what you do, there is always someone who doesn't trust/like anyone different than themselves (kind of ironic, since everyone is unique). In my eyes, they are just being ignorant & fearful fools who might just be jealous at those they .. have negative feelings against.
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People in my area would not dare. Chinese people alone make up 30% of the local population. One time in High School someone was being racist against the Chinese and within a few hours he got sent to the hospital by one of the local Chinese gang.
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Even though I've never been treated like that since I live in a mostly-black area (and I'm black, of course), I don't think I would respond because people only say things like that to provoke others, and by responding I would be doing what they wanted me to do. Besides, they're just words. I'd probably only respond if they kept following me and harassing me.
Posted 4/8/08 , edited 4/21/08
I think it depends on the person . I don`t really care as much when I`m called ~*~* .
I haven`t encountered a situation where I blew up on someone because of it or
being called that actually . I`m not sure if it`ll happen . There are tons of Filipinos
in my school and more Asians . I don`t think it`s smart for other races to pick
a fight with either group . No one might even do that anyway . My school is proud of
its multiculturalism . At least I think it is . Our candy store is called " Global Village " .
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I'm Puerto Rican and Irish, a lil "cracka", a lil "spic". I'm fairly racist myself. Sorry, at least I'm being honest. I have epic lulz at racist/religious jokes, even when they're aimed at whites/puerto ricans/christians such as my self. Life is about having a sense of humor - It helps to laugh at EVERYTHING.

If someone was directing "spic" or "cracker" at me in hopes to piss me off and make me feel small, I'd just be like, "Hey. Fuck you, man. You don't know me and you shouldn't be serious about stereotyping whole groups of people based on your dislike for me. It makes you look dumb, and some people get very, very, very offended and violent when you say stuff like that." That's it.

I don't really give a shit if people are racist or not, but seriously, leave it at home. We don't give a shit about your personal beliefs and if you throw them out there, expect them to be torn apart by somebody and don't bitch when it happens. I'm not offended by the word nigger, I just think it's a dumb slang term - but I have heard people get torn apart in public by blacks that don't like it(I am not calling you african american unless you fuckin' migrated here. You didn't. Get over it.). When you put yourself out there, you leave yourself open for criticism.

OP, instead of remaining calm and explaining WHY this person was incorrect in calling you such a cruel name, you resorted to an ad hominem attack, calling them a twelve year old and shifting the conversation from what was important - why 'chink' is offensive and rude to seriously call someone - to 'you look like a kid, therefore your opinion means nothing'. I think you could've handled that better, because you gave her the opportunity to play the victim('oh, the big bad girl just called me wittle, I better turn up the heat and show my might!'). When you INSULT someone, instead of their ARGUEMENT, you are giving them permission to play the victim and their brains just shut off. I mean, if someone's talking to you and they call you a racial slur in seriousness, are you going to listen to any words that follow? No. Pissing people off ain't good for critical thought and discussions, you know?

EDIT: also, being racist NEVER equals uneducated. My brother is mildly racist and yet he's one of the smartest people I know. I'm not defending the idea of racism, just saying you can be very educated and still harbor personal prejeduice.

TL;DR don't do ad hominem attacks, I'd be offended if someone called me spic and calmly explain to them that racial slurs are dumb, and racist doesn't mean stupid. Also, have a sense of humor.
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lol there's no reason to cry. the world is full of idiots. you shouldn't let them get to you.

what does it mean when they say you are a "chink"? its really just a word, implying negativity about being chinese. however, theres nothing wrong with being chinese. what they are really saying when they call you a "chink" is "im an arrogant, racist asshole who hates life and therefore i will make others feel bad so i wont have to take a look at myself and realize what a bitch i am"

in most cases, just dont let their words get to you. ignore them, as they are stupid and unreasonable - whatever you tell them will only make things worse. you should just let it go next time. really, theres nothing to gain from starting a fight. it doesn't make you a coward to walk away in these situations. it took me a while to grow past my ego and learn to let things go, and each time i do i feel good in the end.
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Posted 4/8/08 , edited 4/21/08
I'd ignore it. Or walk away... you know, be the bigger person.

Better yet, if I did want to go down a level or two while still not being racist dumbbucks they are, I'd probably laugh, a real laugh, along "with them" (read: at them) and as I'm walking away (still chuckling) I'd be all "heheh...Their poor parents... raising pure idiots..."

Seriously, don't let them rain on your parade.. You know they're bigots, so if anything feel sorry for them for embracing it. You'll always be the bigger person no matter what.
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Hmm . . I would probably confront them. I would really want to be the better person by just walking away, but I really cannot tolerate racism. Well, we all are the human race, so I guess it would be more correct to say that I cannot tolerate it when people discriminate against ethnic groups.

I get called "chink" all the time, which is odd, because I am not Chinese. I cannot believe that people are that ignorant to throw out such words. I understand that everyone is a little racist, but people who openly say horrible things about another's ethnicity is just asking to get their butts kicked. I dislike those obnoxious people.

When I was younger, I remember I encountered these kinds of things a lot. Especially in high school. I was shy and kept quiet and it wasn't until I hit college that I started realizing that I don't need to take their crap. I remember people used to openly come up to me, mocking me and thinking that I couldn't speak a word of
English (even though I was born in America). So nowadays, when I encounter the same problem, I just voice my opinion and tell them what I think.
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Posted 4/8/08 , edited 4/21/08
I'd just tell them to suck it

Making a big deal out of it would just want them to throw another insult at you

It's not your fault they're dumb
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ANonGigazz wrote:

I'm Puerto Rican and Irish, a lil "cracka", a lil "spic". I'm fairly racist myself. Sorry, at least I'm being honest. I have epic lulz at racist/religious jokes, even when they're aimed at whites/puerto ricans/christians such as my self. Life is about having a sense of humor - It helps to laugh at EVERYTHING.

If someone was directing "spic" or "cracker" at me in hopes to piss me off and make me feel small, I'd just be like, "Hey. Fuck you, man. You don't know me and you shouldn't be serious about stereotyping whole groups of people based on your dislike for me. It makes you look dumb, and some people get very, very, very offended and violent when you say stuff like that." That's it.

I don't really give a shit if people are racist or not, but seriously, leave it at home. We don't give a shit about your personal beliefs and if you throw them out there, expect them to be torn apart by somebody and don't bitch when it happens. I'm not offended by the word nigger, I just think it's a dumb slang term - but I have heard people get torn apart in public by blacks that don't like it(I am not calling you african american unless you fuckin' migrated here. You didn't. Get over it.). When you put yourself out there, you leave yourself open for criticism.

OP, instead of remaining calm and explaining WHY this person was incorrect in calling you such a cruel name, you resorted to an ad hominem attack, calling them a twelve year old and shifting the conversation from what was important - why 'chink' is offensive and rude to seriously call someone - to 'you look like a kid, therefore your opinion means nothing'. I think you could've handled that better, because you gave her the opportunity to play the victim('oh, the big bad girl just called me wittle, I better turn up the heat and show my might!'). When you INSULT someone, instead of their ARGUEMENT, you are giving them permission to play the victim and their brains just shut off. I mean, if someone's talking to you and they call you a racial slur in seriousness, are you going to listen to any words that follow? No. Pissing people off ain't good for critical thought and discussions, you know?

EDIT: also, being racist NEVER equals uneducated. My brother is mildly racist and yet he's one of the smartest people I know. I'm not defending the idea of racism, just saying you can be very educated and still harbor personal prejeduice.

TL;DR don't do ad hominem attacks, I'd be offended if someone called me spic and calmly explain to them that racial slurs are dumb, and racist doesn't mean stupid. Also, have a sense of humor.


There's a difference between being really racist or making a racist joke. The latter is rather harmless and done by many people. However for someone to truly believe in someone of a different ethnic origin to be inferior at birth is truly ignorant and uneducated.

I agree with you that arguing with those idiots is a pointless endeavor, since I believe the people the OP is talking about belongs to a group of people known as "wannabe tough guys." They make racist comments at people walking by to show how tough they are, while they are in groups. If they were alone, without their friends, they would probably never dare make that remark out loud. So the better option would be to ignore them, since attention is what they really want.

Oh btw, it's easier to laugh at racism when you're not part of the identifiable ethnic minority. Just because someone migrated to another does not subject them to verbal or physical abuse. You wouldn't be laughing if you were constantly getting harassed and physically abused on a daily basis because of the fact that you're racially different from the majority of the people in your area.

edit: noticed a typo almost 24 hours later -.-
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Posted 4/8/08 , edited 4/21/08
I've been called worse things than "Cracker" or "Flower-boy"
So I yell at them back.
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i usually dont say things if theres a large group of people or they're like 4 years older than me but if that person was my size and stuff i'd cuss them out.
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