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

CLarose wrote:


neumaus wrote:

Don't judge Arabs wrongly now, it's just that many of them (mostly the ones born and raised outside the U.S.) like to call people that don't 'look' Arab... American. It's weird. Seriously.


So they assume that you're American because you were born and raised in America, you're only half Arab and don't have Arab features? I don't see how that's stereotyping... People born and raised in America are Americans.


You misunderstood. If you paid any attention, you'd know that in Arab terms, "American" means NON-ARAB NON-MUSLIM, therefore, it's a stereotype. They're not saying I was born and raised here, they're saying I'm not of Arab origin and not born into Islam. It's a stereotype. Don't argue over something you don't even understand.

Once again, anyone NOT looking Arab gets labeled "American," even if they are, in fact, Arab. That's stereotyping based on appearance.
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Posted 12/12/12
I think almost everyone has been racially stereotyped at least one point in their lives. Since I'm part Asian & part black, I get the usually crap about me being good at math and science because I'm Asian and good at sports (especially basketball) since I'm black...and pretty tall. There were some other things and situations as well. I remember a couple of instances when people asked me "are you mixed with some kind of Chinese?" I sometimes can't believe people like that still exist in the world but meh. Its pretty annoying but I've learned to shrug it off.
Posted 12/12/12
Yes. It happen all the time.. Some people thinks I'm Chinese and speak ridiculously. It's stupid. But some they like my skin complexion
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Posted 12/13/12 , edited 12/13/12

CLarose wrote:
As far as sagging jeans or wearing skinny jeans that show your underwear, who really cares? People can wear what they want to wear. That doesn't tell you anything about them but what kind of style they identify with. Hitler wore suits and so did Al Capone, John Dillenger, and George Barnes (Machine gun Kelly) so are we to assume that anyone that wears nice suits is a gangster, thug or a murderous zealot? Hmmm... I think people need to re-prioritize. I also find it funny how gangsters from the 30's and 40's are now glorified in movies but the gangsters of today behave similarly and they are looked at as disgusting criminals. So many people love movies like the godfather and scarface but they hate the current criminals and drug dealers of today. What's that all about?


I agree. All criminals, past and present, suck and should never be glorified. I also agree with the thing about clothes not telling you much about a person. I don't ever draw conclusions about people based on what they wear aside from their age, and fashion sense or lack of. Honestly, I rarely notice what others are wearing unless I really like it, or I see a freaking butt crack. Then I'm like, 'Gah, I didn't want to see that. Show some common courtesy and keep your crack and muffin top to yourself.' It doesn't bring any other negative thoughts to my mind about the person beyond that, and I'm not familiar with any negative stereotypes associated with people who wear skinny jeans other than that they're like plumbers, always accidentally mooning everyone. I just wish the fashion police would straighten 'em out. Same with sagging. That's never been gangster or criminal to me, just childish. I guess because I rarely see grown men doing it. So it's never been anything to me but a sign of immaturity. It certainly doesn't indicate anything to me on an ethnic or cultural level. When it comes to suits, Hitler and Al Capone were not the first or the only folks to wear them. They're generally pretty inoffensive when it comes to the whole unflattering wardrobe malfunction issue. I think that's why there isn't any real negativity linked to them besides things like being stuffy, boring, pretentious since the majority of the people who wear them regularly are people who tend to be stereotyped that way.




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Posted 12/13/12 , edited 12/13/12

CLarose wrote:

As far as sagging jeans or wearing skinny jeans that show your underwear, who really cares? People can wear what they want to wear. That doesn't tell you anything about them but what kind of style they identify with. Hitler wore suits and so did Al Capone, John Dillenger, and George Barnes (Machine gun Kelly) so are we to assume that anyone that wears nice suits is a gangster, thug or a murderous zealot? Hmmm... I think people need to re-prioritize. I also find it funny how gangsters from the 30's and 40's are now glorified in movies but the gangsters of today behave similarly and they are looked at as disgusting criminals. So many people love movies like the godfather and scarface but they hate the current criminals and drug dealers of today. What's that all about?


Well, the answer, I think, is obvious, Gangsters like the Bank Robbers of the Midwest were glorified not for who they are, but of who their victims were. Especially given the time.
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Posted 12/29/12

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I had dreadlocks at one point, and even though I'm Filipino, people thought I was Jamaican and smoked weed. That's as racially stereotypical as I can remember


There have been many cultures who grew locked hair.
Greeks, native Americans, various African and Asian cultures.
Hindus have a deity who wears locked hair that was written about thousands of years ago.
It is sad that Jamaica is all that pops into many people's heads.
Posted 12/29/12
3 pages of reading and i see CLarose murk some guys
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Posted 1/5/13
i grew up as a white kid in a town of all white people so no.
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Don't really recall anything special. Been around folks all all different races and was taught by my parents that we are all human and that we shouldn't just assume things based on a person's race, religion, etc. From my experiences, every race has their form of "trash" Certain people who don't want to contribute at all to society, who feel that society owes that for whatever reason. I have found there are good people everywhere who don't just jump to conclusions.
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Posted 1/5/13

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I guess this could be considered backwards racism. This is my story:

Picture the Holidays, three years ago. JetBlue was having major renovations at this departing airport. Everyone was packed in this place like a can of sardines. It smelled, etc etc. To make things worse, there were storms and a lot of cancellations. I was already there for three hours, but there was nothing I could do, so why get agitated? I will leave when I can.

I went in line to find out what my possible next flight could be. I found myself behind a young black male who started to raise his voice at the tan skinned JetBlue representative. "Why does she get to go on this flight?! Is it because she is white!?" Really now? She was a mother of an infant standing next to the terminal ready to board. The representive said as calmly as he could, "Sir, her flight was before your flight. If you-"

"THAT IS UTTER BULLSHIT get me on that flight Habib!" After hearing that I went from a nice calm 0 to 10 in 0.00000001 sec.

I opened my mouth now, "First of all, get your stereotypes right. He is Hispanic or Latin American. Second, if you want anyone to take care of you properly, stop and treat people like they are human. His day hasn't been any better than yours." [BTW I found out later, he was Puerto Rican].

He spun around, "What would a white chick like you get? Your great-grandparents enslaved-" I shut him up, "Wrong card to play. My great grandparents came over in a boat from Ireland escaping a famine, the other side were on reservations. Not every white person owned slaves, and not every Arabic person is a terrorist. If you want equality, stop playing the racial card. Granted we still have racial issues, but the last time I checked, we had a black president." There was a black woman behind me who added, "Now sit your black ass down." I admit, I did laugh at that. The woman behind me and I found out we were going to the same destination, enjoyed each other company for the 11 hours we were stuck there.

I apologize if any of this offends you. I am just stating what had occurred. Maybe it was not my place, but I can not stand there and let this random hatred bombard a man who is just doing his job.

Granted everyone is a little racist (like I for one like Chinese food to be from people who are actually Chinese, Italian food from Italians not Mexicans). In the end, just treat everyone as a human being.

Have safe travels.


wow im impressed! good on you this made my night haha
Posted 1/5/13
Yes. All the time at work. I get asked all the time if I speak spanish and I don't. I mean I am mexican, but I know alot of mexican people who don't know how to speak spanish.

And I absolutely love it when they just start speaking it super fast, ASSUMING I will know what the hell they are talking about and I have to tell them, "sorry, I dont understand."

ಠ_ಠ

Im SO done.
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Posted 1/5/13
Yes.. u.u
Since I'm Asian and I get good grades, all the upperclassmen just look at me and say, "No wonder she's smart--she's Asian."
And sometimes people say "Ching chong wing wong".

LIEKPLZGUIIZ. (╯°Д°)╯︵ /(.□ . \)
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Posted 1/5/13
i'm an african american girl, then this mexican girl ask me do u like fried chicken and sauce. Couldn't believe she just ask hat i told her that i like fried chicken but i do not eat hot sauce at all!!! then she ask me do you listen to rap music too! I said not really i like rock music and some R&B songs. I like to listen to instrumentals. so she wouldn't expect that from an african american girl. Then after i said all that she was like " well that's new"
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Posted 1/5/13 , edited 1/5/13
Most people just stay away from me, but when they do you can get some real gems. The closest to a racial stereotype I've come to was someone pointing out a fat white guy and ask me if I'm related to him. I respond with are you related to someone on that short bus that just passed us? You MUST know at least one of them, they were waving at us and I know it's not for me.

It doesn't even occur to me to ask such stupid questions or comments that are obviously insulting or be-meaning. I only do the comments if provoked.
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Posted 1/5/13
I've been getting racially stereotyped almost my whole life. I remember when I was in elementary school the black kids wouldn't 'allow' me in their circle and make fun of me because I didn't look black(I'm mixed)and because I talked like a white person which i still don't understand how you can talk like a race.

In middle school all the black kids would still make fun of me and call me a Oreo because I talked like a white person,dressed like a white person and i listened to white music.

And well in high school I was stopped caring what they said about me.
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