DonkSlayer, on Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 3:23 PM, said:
Fair enough. I love muslims, I have muslim friends...just kidding. I honestly believe there are statisitics, but they are problematic and I know why you want to avoid mass stereotyping and generality-making.Ever notice that when you break down academically our societal taboos, such as "racism", "discrimination", etc....they seem less "bad"? I wonder if it's because the words are used too often and too harshly, or that the connotation is just much worse than an academic term used to describe a way of reasoning that may be erroneous.
myenemy, on Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 3:35 PM, said:
It is the very statement of cause in which one has concluded a "sterotype" that is seen as racist. The cause comes under a microscope and so the round-robin of the blame game of racism begins. For instance, where you to say that 75% of the US prison population is gray then I must conclude that 75% of crimes are committed by gray folks. So my stereotype or biased would be based on cause, right? Of course here's where the issue become muddled, and leads to questions of why 75% are gray...PS. My figures are completely made up, I in fact, have no idea what percent of the US prison pop. is gray.
both well said. myenemy said what i was trying to get across, but much more eloquently.donslayer, i agree as well. i think that is because most often racism or such taboos are usually done with maliciousness, and so the actual definition does not matter. only in situations like this, where any racism is either subliminal or unintended do we even have to analyze it. and for these situations, since no maliciousness is intended, we find that it really wasn't that bad.
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