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Old Feb 12th 2012, 5:22 am
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is racial profiling the same as being a racist...

for example...americans are notorious for making jokes about the state of british teeth...is this racist?

if i make fun of...lets say arabs for being predominantly lazy...does that make me racist or observant?
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Old Feb 12th 2012, 5:26 am
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is racial profiling the same as being a racist...

for example...americans are notorious for making jokes about the state of british teeth...is this racist?

if i make fun of...lets say arabs for being predominantly lazy...does that make me racist or observant?
interesting, as not all Arabs are lazy, I would say you are generalising
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so you wouldn't consider it racist?
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so you wouldn't consider it racist?
no I don't think I would, it is no different than saying scousers are all tea leafs, it's a generalisation
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americans are notorious for making jokes about the state of british teeth
Really? I've not heard that before? whats wrong with our teeth?
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Really? I've not heard that before? whats wrong with our teeth?
Kittycat... its a staple of american humour to take the michael out of the general british public's state of dental hygiene...
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is racial profiling the same as being a racist...

for example...americans are notorious for making jokes about the state of british teeth...is this racist?

if i make fun of...lets say arabs for being predominantly lazy...does that make me racist or observant?
It depends....

Too lazy right now to explain things

Really? I've not heard that before? whats wrong with our teeth?
Yup Americans make fun of Brit's teeth all the time. All in good fun though, doesn't come across as vindictive. They also joke about the French and to a lesser extent continental Euros not being too concerned with personal hygiene.

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no I don't think I would, it is no different than saying scousers are all tea leafs, it's a generalisation
so if someone comments on all asian women in the middle east being 'pros' or all indians are stupid...does this cross the line? where is the line between generalisation

Note: i dont hold these views, trying to understand why people feel its okay to make comments like this and still not consider themselves racist...
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hmm- I thought that was the chinese... and as for the americans don't they all have ludicrously white teeth? those in glass houses.

Well the irish are thick, the scots are tight, the welsh shag sheep, the french- well they are just french.

Personally I think the world is far too international now to make these sweeping statements, although having said that every scottish man I've known has short arms and deep pockets
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so if someone comments on all asian women in the middle east being 'pros' or all indians are stupid...does this cross the line? where is the line between generalisation

Note: i dont hold these views, trying to understand why people feel its okay to make comments like this and still not consider themselves racist...
well then they would be stupid as we all know that all Asian women are not Pro's, and all Indian's are not stupid, so that is generalising. Do you consider some one as being racist for making these comments?
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Originally Posted by kittycat1 View Post
hmm- I thought that was the chinese... and as for the americans don't they all have ludicrously white teeth? those in glass houses.

Well the irish are thick, the scots are tight, the welsh shag sheep, the french- well they are just french.

Personally I think the world is far too international now to make these sweeping statements, although having said that every scottish man I've known has short arms and deep pockets
and the english?? interestingly enough you missed them out...
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and the english?? interestingly enough you missed them out...
The English are the sheep
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well then they would be stupid as we all know that all Asian women are not Pro's, and all Indian's are not stupid, so that is generalising. Do you consider some one as being racist for making these comments?
trawling through some of the comments littered throughout this board, i see a lot of 'generalisation'...the same people seem to be quick to defend themselves as not racist.

the dictionary defines racism as: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

so again (and im only asking, not excusing) do you think its racist to say arabs are lazy? or indians are stupid?
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trawling through some of the comments littered throughout this board, i see a lot of 'generalisation'...the same people seem to be quick to defend themselves as not racist.

the dictionary defines racism as: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

so again (and im only asking, not excusing) do you think its racist to say arabs are lazy? or indians are stupid?
and your point is?
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Originally Posted by Blue Cat View Post
and your point is?
thought i made my point pretty clear?? im wondering if you consider it to be racist to make a derogatory statement about a nationality of people?
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