How is this racist?
Racist People! Watch
- 26-12-2010 13:29
(Original post by niall c)
- 26-12-2010 14:15
No provocation was noted by the OP. The OP is giving an account of events that they have interpreted as being due to racism; other details, that may explain the men's reaction for a host of other reasonable or unreasonable causes, will thus have been excluded. This is how human storytelling works.
Nevertheless, despite the fact that the account is based on the assumption that it was racist, it provides no evidence whatsoever for racism on the men's part beyond the fact that they were white and s/he was Asian. Given they claim to have had a five minute conversation with the people, one would have thought that something indicating racism or the reason for their harassment would be available.
In short, we have an incomplete account that provides no evidence whatsoever as to why the men acted as they did. Perhaps they find it funny to wind up every passing car (have you people not seen The Inbetweeners?!), whoever the driver is. Perhaps the OP, whose account sounds as if written by a female (explicit reference to 'white male' by them) is a girl, in which case they may have been sexist. Perhaps the unsubstantiated assumption that they followed the OP is wrong, and they just happened to be going the same way as him/her.
Given this, it is racist to assume that merely because they are white and the OP Asian, racism is the most likely cause. This is especially true when no evidence is provided of a racist motive, and when to do so is to make assumptions about white men - that they are more racist than sexist on average, for instance - that have no evidential basis.
Depending on your interpretation, the men's actions could be a joke or could be unpleasant harassment. However, be careful with using the word 'racist' as if that automatically makes it worse when, as a matter of fact, your assumptions are based on racial stereotypes. That does not make your assumptions wrong, or immoral; however, there is no room for double standards here. I would suggest that the persecution of vulnerable minorities might, perhaps, be a more suitable concept to condemn as evil.
- 26-12-2010 14:48
xxLast edited by Bakerzoid; 10-03-2012 at 05:54.
- 26-12-2010 23:00
- 27-12-2010 01:05
Were you wearing clothes that made the seatbelt blend in?
Alternatively they were just being dicks :/
- 27-12-2010 03:11
- 27-12-2010 03:24
If he was asian and you were White would it still be racism?
Racism is awful, but in this situation, I highly doubt it's actual racism or if the guy was just being an idiot.
- 29-12-2010 02:39
Isn't it obvious, they wanted you to take your belt off so they could crash into you
- Thread Starter
- 29-12-2010 03:01
Close thread please!!