Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Big Rims and Stereotypes

with 5 comments

When some people see cars sitting on big rims such as 22’s or bigger they automatically think the owner of the car is a drug dealer. That’s not always the case. Everywhere I look someone has rims on their car. But every car with rims on it doesn’t mean they have to slang dope to get that car and those rims.

I met my auntie one weekend at the movies. She drives a silver Monte Carlo with 22’s on it. My car is an impala with 22’s on it. Someone made a comment, “What yall do sell drugs?” However, when I use to stay in Jennings Hall I saw this white girl who attended UF with a silver Dodge Charger with 22’s on it. I’m sure that’s not what come to mind when people see her car. Is it because she is white? I don’t know.

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Written by misssandib

February 4, 2010 at 6:32 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Society and people have a certain image of the ‘typical black person’ in their mind. Usually it is that of having flashy things such as big rims, big chains, grills. But I feel like the media is playing a huge role in this. They portray blacks as being gangsters and thugs in movies and tv shows so this is what forms people images of the blacks. Its really sad that if a black person has rims or a nice car that they think there are drug dealers but its a sad reality.

    rphilp88

    February 4, 2010 at 11:21 pm

  2. there are a lot of white people on campus that have the typical car that people would assume black people have and they blast there music just as loud, trick there cars out just as much, etc. but we never say anything about these people. I never understood that. how come when we see these white people we don’t make assumptions about them??

    alyssa1965

    February 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm

  3. This is kind of linked to the idea that the blacks and the whites can do the same thing, but the difference is the whites did it in a positive manner and the blacks didn’t. It will always come to that where the blacks will always view by society as the inferior type and every bit of success that they accomplished has a lot of negatives to it.

    jobyjob

    February 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm

  4. I think the media plays a major role in the way society perceives blacks. In movies, tv shows, and music videos blacks are typically portrayed as flashy drug dealers. Because that is the way it is portrayed on tv society usually associates it with reality. Seeing a white person driving a car with big rims or dressing a certain way and even speaking a certain way they are usually said to be “trying to be black.” Once again blacks are the one’s with the negative connotation, it is rarely if ever said that the white person is selling drugs.

    tayokam

    February 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

  5. i think this stems from societies views on blacks as flashy people. Most Americans are going to always naturally have their own stereotypes even though it isn’t right. If someone of the opposite race is seen doing things that other races normally do such as a white person talking in slang they are viewed as trying to be that race. In actuality that may just be how that person was raised.

    bmcdaniel91

    February 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm


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