@cameron83: Hmmm, i guess many things contribute to perception of racism. I know blacks who hate to be stereotyped but believe in stereotypes about police. I know some who don't like to go to richer suburbs because they feel they won't be wanted.
But the MAIN THING that pisses me off is everyone screames racism if you say something negative or even non positive about another group of people. I hate that.
Question: is believing in stereotypes enough to call someone racist? Or is it only the negative stereotypes that matter? Ex: I believe black comedians are funnier then white ones. I also believe women comics are not as funny as males. Anything wrong with that?
Well, that's understandable. I mean, it's not really hard to see why some people may feel that way, but I can't talk for all,though.
Often times, when I walk into rich neighborhoods that are predominately white, some people may feel uncomfortable around me, and sometimes they are subtle, other times they are not. Of course, I haven't had such an experience with every predominately white region (many experiences were pleasant). I've also had that experience in minority regions,too, like hispanic communities. But I don't really care tbh, as long as they leave me alone.
I can completely understand where you are coming from. That's kinda why I don't follow certain movements. It's not that I don't think they have a good cause, it's just that if you say anything that doesn't align with their view, they label you a traitor and assume you are an enemy. Look at how many people reacted to what Kendrick Lamar said. He instantly went from being an idol to a pariah (some even called him an "idiot") because some people jumped to conclusions on what he meant, but that's another discussion....
For example, if you said, "I think that police brutality and profiling against black men is horrible and an injustice (something that cannot be denied), but I also think that we should stop ignoring the big threat of black on black crime." (which is a point similar to what Kendrick said in one of his songs), then some people would instantly think that you are devaluing the life of black males, when the exact opposite is true.
And no, believing in stereotypes isn't enough to call a person a racist. It depends in my opinion, though. I don't think that a person should adhere to stereotypes, lest they become like those people that become uncomfortable whenever I walk in their neighborhood (at the very least, it's not even like I walk/talk/dress in a way much different from them, either. I'm pretty much like Carlton from The Fresh Prince, except less corny).
But to be fair, those seem to be innocent generalizations which may be based off of observations. It doesn't seem the same as a stereotype to me (even though a stereotype is a type of generalization, but not every generalization is a stereotype). A stereotype sounds more like, "I don't trust black people around money because I don't want them to take it" or "The only thing a woman wants from a man is his money". But those are negative stereotypes, as there are ones that are positive, too ("women are more passionate and loving than men" or "Chinese kids are the smartest" ). So no, I don't think that there is anything wrong with those two statements (I mean, Martin Lawrence is my favorite anyway).