Sep 29, 2010 12:01 AM GMT
Racism? From the TV show What Would You Do? Man Stealing Bike In Park! (Different Reactions When They Changed Race From White to Black)
sxydrkhair saidSparkycat saidWell, my impression is that many blacks assume whites are racist, which is a seriously racist attitude.
I agree with you... Two black ladies was talking about it in the video. It seem like a black actor did really good job or better than a white actor. White actor doesn't seem like he was suspicious.
jperfit saidMost whites react based on race, it is something that is locked within the subconcious.
MunchingZombie saidI grew up in an almost all white suburb. The only black people I saw were the criminals featured in the news. I would like to think that I am not racist, but there has been so much cultural influence that it is difficult to escape its influence.
I think the important thing is to try and be aware of one's own bias and work through it. I know a lot of people with a similar upbringing believe that they are beyond out culture's racism and are well intentioned, but it is impossible to exorcise these demons without self-examination.
MagillaNectar saidjperfit saidMost whites react based on race, it is something that is locked within the subconcious.
Subtle but clever joke.
Everyone is racist. Through logic and reason people can get around it but everyone has that inside of them. It's when people refuse to admit this that it becomes a social problem. There isn't a race or religion or person out there who isn't racist. Like the guy I quoted above. That comment itself is really racist and if he was being serious it'd only prove my point. The moment you can safely say, I am racist is when you can also choose to not make decisions based on it.
Also, I have a theory racism is a biological defense mechanism in every person. Before civilization, people stuck with their families or clans or whatever (they still do) so it'd made it easier to not trust someone who looks different because they're clearly not part of your family/clan.
Guy101 said...The white guy was there for several hours with all manners of tools....Enter the black guy. Similarly dressed and with the same tools as the white guy. Within minutes he is meet with hostility and force from several people...Hopefully it gets better
Ricovelas saidI'm not going to watch the OP video as its from World Star HipHop which like this thread uses race-baiting ploys to maintain the division we (this site caters mainly to a urban/african american audience) have as people (especially in the US) where is a "us" vs "them" constantly.
You all should know well off from a high school class (civics/interpersonal communications) that we prejudge, it's a given characteristic of being a human being. Some people may do it less than others but in other world we all make presumptions on people based on appearances more often than not. Changing the though process is what is ultimately needed.
I have my own presumptions about people, but it's not because they are white/black/asian or whatever, I really could care less. I care more about what comes out the persons mouth and how they talk. Could be bad or worse, but it's a better factor to base a person off of than skin color.
GHew saidI say just get the f*ck over it. If someone's hackin' at a bike chain with a saw, then yeah, you ask what the hell they're doin'. It ain't bein' tamperin' or nosey and it sure as hell ain't racist. It's just usin' some sense and givin' a damn. It's gettin' old as sin, all of the "black people" this, and "white people" that. The dinosaurs in that video who made it all possible with their rather laughable reactions will eventually pass. In the future all that we'll need be concerned with is being so unbiased and unassuming that we won't feel a need to question anything. Use common sense, noone hackin' at a bike chain in a park with a saw should be passed by with indifference. I'm hopin' that one day this shit will be over, and that some "know it all" young adult like myself is preachin' about a reaction like mine to somethin' entirely different from this as a result of so much change and evolution that I fall into some future, crazy category of bigot that don't make a damn bit of sense either.