So we left off talking about how positive stereotypes still subtly serve to denigrate people based on their race. A lot of good points were brought up:
A key point brought up by Kodi, Dando, Thorstan, and co. is that racial stereotyping is harmful, regardless of any good intentions. No matter how much of a compliment it may sound like, typecasting people based on their appearance propagates racist thoughts. In particular, I think Dando mentioned that you cannot just cherry pick the good stereotypes and get upset when people use negative stereotypes against you.
Kodi mentioned that by saying that one race is superior at something, we are implying that other races must be inferior. It is logical for example to say that you cannot believe that black people have the biggest dicks without also believing that everyone else must have small penises.
Alright, so back to the topic of stereotypes. I’ve always believed that stereotypes serve a useful purpose and more often than not, they tend to be accurate. You guys already know by now that I’m long winded and love using examples, so here are a few below. Sorry, these are strongly rooted in American culture so maybe less applicable/understandable for you European and Chinese guys.
1) If I find myself in a black part of town, I need to be careful.
2) White teenagers in trench coats, old guys riding Harleys and sporting big beards and black leather, and skinheads are also not safe to be around.
3) Asian kids are good at math and usually grow up to be doctors/engineers/accountants… they are the “model minorities.”
I would argue for the most part that these are generally true statements.
For example #1, I’ve had my car’s stereo equipment jacked several times, apartment was broken into, and a shop I worked in actually saw a few guys break through the fucking brick walls outside to steal the inventory inside. Every police report showed that witnesses reported a “young black man/men” commit these crimes.
Example #2 is pretty self explanatory. Actually I have several friends who are old Harley riders, but in general, a 20 yr old skinhead is more likely to be an Aryan than fashionably bald or a cancer patient.
As for Example #3, I also find this to be generally true. A much higher percentage of my Asian-American friends are in white collar professions than my white and black friends.