Ok, so I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.....
IMO, some <insert race>'s use their race as an excuse for what they see as mistreatment by others when it isn't that way at all. If they choose to perpetuate racism in this way then there isn't much you can do about it. If you try to say anything it will probably just make a bigger problem because they don't want to listen; just treat everybody the same regardless of color.
I totally agree with Downy.I am a black indivdual myself an yes racism still exist and i do not think there is any way in which it will be eradicated, as indviduals still have a messed up view of what is just and what is not and how different cultures/race are just and not. No i do not fink you are racise in fact ur not, the guy who approached you was trying to use that simple concept of racism to preharps start up an argument which may later progress into an undesirable result. From what i have been seeing and hearing i truely fink that people are using racism as an excusese to relaiate to somthing which could be simply solved when they desire it to escalte into somthing bigger.if there is one thing, i am satisfied with the way you dealt with the situation. simply top put it some people need help and need to stop using excusses which will preharps cause somthing big...they need to stop being president bush and Tony blair
IMO, some <insert race>'s use their race as an excuse for what they see as mistreatment by others when it isn't that way at all. If they choose to perpetuate racism in this way then there isn't much you can do about it. If you try to say anything it will probably just make a bigger problem because they don't want to listen; just treat everybody the same regardless of color.edit: i'm not saying that there isn't racism at all, just that it can be an easy excuse.
Ok, so I'd like to hear your thoughts on this..Every weekend or so I like to walk over to the local video store and rent a movie. I don't live in a very affluent area, so there are usually at least two homeless people over there in front of the store, and there are always people in the parking lot selling things.So, this past friday I went over there with my girl, and she was a couple steps in front of me. This guy starts walking toward her and he says "Hey! I want to ask you somethin'"I immediately turn to the guy, he sees me, and I just frankly (and politely) tell him "NO, we are not interested." He was a cleanly-dressed, african american guy in his 30's.Then, the guy tells me "You think that just because I look like a homeless person means that I am asking your for money!" I said, "No, sir, it is just that whenever I come here there are always people out here approaching me for money or trying to sell me something." He says, "Whatever man, you just think that because I'm black I am automatically trying to sell you something. You're making up all of this stuff up about homeless people out here."At that point, a homeless guy (an old white man) comes up to us and asks us for money. The man who had just finished berating me becomes visibly embarrassed and says, "Whatever man, I was just wondering how to get to the Main Street." My girl and I immediately pointed him in the correct direction, but he just walked off.I was really bothered by the fact that he thought I was a racist. I mean, it didn't even register to me that he was an african american and therefore selling me something. In fact, there are never any african americans out there asking for money. The people are either latino or white (mostly). If someone approaches me in that parking lot and doesn't immediately say "I need directions", but instead, "Hey! I want to ask you something", then I'm going to register that they want money.I never carry money over there anyway because I have a debit card with my picture on it and it is much easier to pay and show my ID that way.Why did this guy think that I was a racist? What if I were black and told him the same thing? Just because I am white, am I automatically a racist because I refused to acknowledge him? I'm just wondering how and why a person would think that way about me. Everyone faces rejection, but if someone told me when I was young that the reason I face rejection is because of the color of my skin the I wonder how I would look at life from that point on. As I faced the same sort of rejection that others faced, but interpreted it differently as race-based rejection, then I think that I might begin to live a very angry and pessimistic life. I began to think that common rejection being interpreted as racist can be a very dangerous perspective since it will inevitably lead to a perpetuation on the part of URMs that racism is still alive and well when in fact it could very well be dying away.