Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Black, White or Otherwise …

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A few years ago, I was sitting at a bus stop off of Newberry Road around 6:30pm when five black males walked over to me and began heckling me. These males made the assumption that just because I am white that I must be a racist. One of these males looked at me and said, “does it make you scared to be alone with five black men?” I looked at the kid who must have been about 15 years old and said to him, “actually, quite the opposite, I would have an issue with five males; black, white or otherwise; walking up to me, alone at a bus stop.” It saddened me to think that I was lumped into that category of people, that these kids automatically assumed that since I was a white that I must be racist. Where does this come from? Their families? Their experiences? The media? Maybe it is a combination of all of them.

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Written by bsmail

September 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This is proof that prejudice exists in all people and all races. The black males assumed that you were racist, much like many whites in your position would have assumed that they were troublemakers, maybe not even because of their color. But prejudice extends far beyond race. People create stereotypes and make assumptions in order to prepare themselves for how to treat each person they encounter in a social situation. It is human nature to judge and when all you have to base your judgments on are appearances, they are more likely to be inaccurate.

    larosa29

    September 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm

  2. I think everyone is to an extent prejudice. People tend to hold stereotypes about different groups and how they should act based on what we see in the media and from our own experiences. For this reason many times minorities judge whites to be racist just because they have seen so many instances where they were discriminated against. As a result, they form the opinion that all whites must be racist. It is just as bad to think that all whites consider themselves superior, as it is for whites to think that all minorities are inferior.

    brecal

    September 13, 2009 at 6:53 pm

  3. This shows that everyone holds certain stereotypes and ideas that go against the nature of the individual and instead lump everyone into categories, or schemas, so that they can easier categorize and “understand” everyone before they even meet them. This is in its very nature wrong, but it is what kept our ancestors alive back in ancient times. It also keeps some people alive today in dangerous situations. However, we do need to learn to base these assessments not on skin color, race, or ethnicity, but other tiny details in the way that people act, not the way they look.

    victorianelson

    September 14, 2009 at 1:33 am


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