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We were having a discussion about unemployment rates in the UK.

I mentioned that 20% of Pakistani women are unemployed compared to 4% of White British women. I also mentioned that every other ethnic group has more unemployment compared to white british. and the whole class totally flipped out. I knew the statistics because of citizenship classes a couple years ago.

This is the source http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=462

Do you guys think i was racist?
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No.
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for stating fact ?
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How were you racist? :confused: You were stating statistics...
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If they were actualy statistics how on EARTH could you be racist?
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It depends in what context you were making this point.
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No.

What did the Headteacher say? :p:
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Racist just for stating a fact?. WTF......thats not racist at all.
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depends on the context and the way you said it but from the info here no. although that isnt much help really.
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*sigh*

i'd have gone freaking crazy in that situation.

aslong as you were 'careful' with your vocabulary. you did nothing wrong. people just have a habit of getting up in arms about anything to do with race.
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definately not if you can name the source either on the spot or find it again in a few days
damage already done though I'm afraid
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Nope, in no way is the racist.
Not many people know what actually constitutes racism.
The intent to cause harm, distress or aggresion or doing so is racist.
Saying certain words as a joke, repeating words, jokes, stating facts is not.
Stereotyping is not racist also.
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Not racist unless there was something else that happened that you didn't tell us about.

I.e. saying something like "paki women are lazy, look at the unemployment stats"
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You are not racist! Your class are a bunch of idiots!
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Depends how you said it. If there was some arrogance or hatred behind the words then it could be deemed racist. If you said it respectably (whatever that is), then you did nothing wrong.
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(Original post by Lampshade)
Not racist unless there was something else that happened that you didn't tell us about.

I.e. saying something like "paki women are lazy, look at the unemployment stats"
Ditto.

Or if the debate was about say the levels of education relating to unemployment/families or something, and you randomly chipped in something to do with race.
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nope not racist, unless the way you phrased it came across as so.

To be honest though, if you were pretty much quoting stats, i cant see how it would be racist...

then again, there's a heightened-sense of 'oh-my-thats-racist' in most schools now.
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No..

Depends how you said it though :rolleyes:
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(Original post by Lampshade)
Not racist unless there was something else that happened that you didn't tell us about.

I.e. saying something like "paki women are lazy, look at the unemployment stats"
This. ^^

(good example)
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If it's true that you got sent to the headteacher I feel sick. That's bloody disgusting. Jesus what is the world coming to?
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