Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Attitudes toward foreign individuals

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I was on the bus the other day and a woman and her toddler were exiting the bus.  As they descended the stairs, a man brushed past the woman and her daughter, almost knocking the little girl down, and exited the bus first.  The mother was immediately very angry and said “Men, they don’t have any respect anymore, and I bet you he was foreign.  The man was a foreign UF student, and I was appalled to see him nearly knock that child down.  The mother associated her anger both with men and foreigners.  I can’t blame her for being angry at that ONE individual, but she really generalized her statement. I am inclined to believe that she may have a stigma towards all foreign men because of a bad encounter with one.


Written by Antoinette Lester

November 20, 2009 at 12:00 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I agree with you in that for some reason this lady really hates foreigners! It’s not a common stereotype that foreigners in general are disrespectful or violent, so it’s weird that she came up with that generalizaition and it could definitely be due to some bad personal experiences. Since she apparently hates men and foreigners…maybe she used to date one and he did something bad to her…


    November 21, 2009 at 1:20 am

  2. I feel for for the mother, but she clearly is prejudice toward foreign individuals. I’m assuming that if she was from Brazil, Cuba or Paris she would have not made such a racist remark because she then would be “foreign” in the U.S. It also leads me to the assumption that she has had problems with men in her life. It is not fair for her to form such racist/sexist opinions on an entire race/sex based on the actions of one individual. It’s not fair to raise assumptions of other strangers based on one encounter…we don’t know their life story or what they are going through. You might feel as though you have a tough life, but their life might be even worse. That’s why it’s important to be cordial to everyone and smile, because the impact of a smile is beyond words. 🙂


    November 21, 2009 at 2:28 am

  3. Unfortunately, most people tend to remember the bad things that happen to them more than the good. In the case of interaction with others, this is usually the case, which results in all the stereotypes and generalizations they extend toward strangers.


    November 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm

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