Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Law & Order

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I was watching Law&Order: Special Victims Unit last night and there was a segment in which they discovered that the rapist was a black man raised by an Asian women, in an all-Asian community.  They concluded a form of social neurosis that he raped Asian women based on the fact that he was raised in an Asian community and not accepted by the women of his known culture (i.e. He was used to being around Asian women all his life including his own mother, but they weren’t interested in him because he was black so therefore he only took out his anger (rape) on Asian women in their 20’s).  The psychologist (who happens to be Asian as well) in the show mentioned that this community was brought up to be very inclusive: “The women of this particular generation don’t date black men because they’ve always been taught they shouldn’t, if my sister had brought home a black men…let’s just say my parents would have been less than approving” While I was watching the show, it made me think about all the unspoken social norms among different racial groups that we’ve been talking about lately and I couldn’t help but wonder: was it really just that generation? probably not. I think many of these succinct “rules” we live by are still in place whether we want to admit to them or not…I don’t believe acceptance is a new-age way of thinking; I think we’d like to believe it is but as depressing as it may be, we haven’t changed much at all.


Written by cgator19

February 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

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  1. It’s funny you bring that up, I actually went to middle school with an Japanese girl who was “dating” (if you can call it that in middle school) my friend David, who was black. I’ll probably never forget him telling me that they couldn’t go out to the movies together unless someone else’s parents took a group of friends because they didn’t want her parents offering to drive…if they did, they would find out that she was dating a black guy. What kills me, is looking back on it now, these were KIDS. This girl was so afraid of her parents finding out that she liked a black boy that she hadn’t even told them she had a “boyfriend”….what kind of society is it when a 13 year old girl doesn’t even feel comfortable talking about race and boyfriends with her own parents?


    February 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

  2. I agree that even though we would like to think that our society has changed tremendously, it hasn’t really at all. Maybe people now are just a little bit more cautious as to what they saw around certain people but there is still such a great prevalence of people who do not believe in mixing races. It is such a sad and unfortunate truth.


    February 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

  3. I agree with the fact that we haven’t changed much at all as far as interracial couples go. One of my best friends is a black male at UF who is dating a white girl. They’ve been dating for over a year now and they have been getting looks from people everywhere they go since their first date. Even at UF, a culturally diverse school, the looks still persist. I think as a couple they’ve handled the disrespect exceptionally well, and I respect their strength, but even though I’m sure it has helped them grow as a couple nobody should have to tolerate this type of disapproval based on “social norms.”


    February 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

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