Honda pays $24m to settle race discrimination claim

  • metta

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    Jul 15, 2015 6:56 PM GMT
    Honda pays $24m to settle race discrimination claim

    "US regulators found that the Japanese company charged African American and Hispanic owners higher interest rates on car loans"

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33527783
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    Jul 16, 2015 6:45 AM GMT
    Hmm...the silence here is deafening...another reason why the "american" culture is really poisonous scum...


    P.S...I don't even consider it a "culture"...just a group of people that survived massive genocide, gratuitous killings and other atrocities and the others that thrived on it and consider themselves "better" than the one that didn't do the same thing..

    YUCK!!
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    Jul 16, 2015 11:39 AM GMT
    Isn't that based on statistics though? If certain ethnic groups are more likely to fall behind on their payments there's nothing wrong with charging them more. These companies collect a wide range of data and everything from your address to your marital status gets taken into account when deciding how much they will charge you.

    The same way women pay less for car insurance than men because men are more likely to crash, drive more aggressively, be involved in road rage etc. Is that discrimination too? What about creditors charging more interest to loan money to Greece than they do to Germany?
  • ASHDOD

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    Jul 16, 2015 5:09 PM GMT


    there is a feeling that the Japanese have problems to hide their racism [or the opposite total admiration of something foreign] they know that in western eyes its wrong,and they try their best to act ''western'' but they don't really get it,that is only my impression [and yes I've been there] i love japan don't get me wrong, but they think different in so many ways.
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    Jul 16, 2015 5:36 PM GMT
    Ashdod said

    there is a feeling that the Japanese have problems to hide their racism [or the opposite total admiration of something foreign] they know that in western eyes its wrong,and they try their best to act ''western'' but they don't really get it,that is only my impression [and yes I've been there] i love japan don't get me wrong, but they think different in so many ways.


    + 1, this is not just Japan, but other Asian communities that does this to African American and other cultures - you have to remember that Japan and other cultures such as China and others- for the longest time they came to existence as a monolithic cultures and protected to be isolated from others -outside was seen an upfront to their culture and hence different was seen as a danger in colluding and polluting their race. I have a Japanese friend and he has told me many times how his own family views African Americans and others, if they are not Japanese or even how they see Chinese as well. To me its been interesting to learn how they perceive the 'Western World' in context with their culture. We tend to forget that although some of these countries (i.e Japan) have moved ahead technological ahead and in some instances much more modernize than the US in cities...their own intrinsic cultures are different to us and when we tend to compare to Western Culture..... we tend to measure they are still thinking in feudal terms. I am NOT advocating racism here I totally agree that this is NOT correct since I am also from a Hispanic heritage, but just the understanding where they are coming from and how it will take sometime for them to continue to evolve and change their culture mindset, if ever. Just because they are moving technological ahead does not necessarily mean their culture is moving at that same speed.
  • FRE0

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    Jul 16, 2015 6:08 PM GMT
    For 10 years, I worked for a Japanese company in San Diego. A Japanese employee who was fully bilingual in Japanese and English and who spoke English with no accent told me that in Japan, there is a tendency to see people from other countries as inferior. He said that when he visits Japan, he won't even speak Japanese and that he is disgusted with the racist aspect of Japanese culture. I've read that if a Japanese family lives here in the U.S. for a few years and their children grow up here, they are considered contaminated when they return to Japan and they experience discrimination.

    I had a female Japanese coworker who was married to a black American who had lived in Japan for a few years and speaks Japanese. She told me that the Japanese are especially prejudiced against black Americans. Of course there are fair minded people in Japan who eschew racist attitudes, but nevertheless racism is a serious problem in Japan.

    Obviously we have problems with racist attitudes here in the U.S., but there are racist attitudes in other countries too, including Japan.