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Social Racism

Boss Hog

TRIBE Member
it's because they want to hook you up with someone in their family.

At least that's what happens to me from time to time.
 

Stan

TRIBE Member
I hate going into a Chinese restaurant and having the serving people start talking to me in Chinese. And then when I don't understand what they're saying, they give me this look like I'm an idiot. And they do other subtle shit like offer me a fork instead of chopsticks. I've lived in Canada most of my life and I don't speak my mother-tongue. And even if I did, my mother-tongue isn't a common dialect of Chinese, like Cantonese and Mandarin and most people don't speak it anyway.
 
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WestsideWax

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How about socialist racism? The government assigns an ethnicity to each day of the week, and whatever day it is, everyone calls everyone else the epithets common to that ethnicity, regardless of their skin colour!
 

Stan

TRIBE Member
Rajio said:
Do you still get the special Chinese-only service (with the secret menu options) though?
Of course! You have to know the special handshake, though. The main difference is the Chinese-only food has a much higher concentration of MSG that would kill a normal human in minutes. For Chinese folks, it just gives a wicked buzz.
 
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Bacchus

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My family has been in canada for over 400 years now.

I'd be pretty satisfied telling anybody "i'm from canada, i'm canadian"

when people ask my herritage, and say "French" - out comes all the french jokes. People will either make a comment about me surrendering or being snobby. One specific time i asked the person who had made such a comment "why do you have such nice teeth? your of British ancestry - are you not?" ....that shut them up quick.
 

litespeed

Well-Known TRIBEr
Rajio said:
I've also noticed a lot of people finding it cool to be pretty racists amongst a group of friends/aquaintances. If they know your name, racism is cool apparently. I know one friend who receives comments all teh time about how dark their skin is. but its all a joke i'm told. har har. (my friend doesnt like it but lets it slide because 'their friends ... you know how it is) .


whats the deal here? am I being over sensitive, as i'm being told? is casual racism cool as long as it's amongst friends?



I'm like that with my friends... and they're like that with me... no holds barred.. no race.. no religion.. no sexual orientation.. no gender is safe.
 

judge wopner

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its like people who get upset when you ask what they do for a living, because they dont want to be defined by their job. its based on the presumption that people will define you by your job because everyone is stupid and incapable of dynamic thought.

i may be on the wrong thought process from where you started but ill give it a shot:

if you dont like your friends making racist jokes it could be that you suspect they actually are racist which makes your concerns legitimate- essentially they're verbally bullying you and expecting you to enjoy it.

on the other hand you may just not be able to handle their comments much the same way friends make fun of other aspects of eachother. thats an insecurity issue, and are avoiding looking inward by projecting your insecurity outward, blaming them or at least wondering outloud about their potential racism drawing attention toward them and away from your own mistrust of their intentions.

by disliking questions about your race or jokes from people whom you believe to be friends, you are subscribing to the same generality as others who judge people based these things. intention is the salient issue, asking if you are a chocolate brownie gives a bad impression, it implies some degree of racism, but asking if youre from trinidad doesnt. there may be racism coming down the road or bubbling under the person's breath but the question itself and the habit of our society to engage people about their ehtnic backgrounds shouldnt be a source of implied social racism without due cause.

as a precaution, im racist towards everyone i meet accept spanish people because they will cut you. ;)

J
 
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saskboy

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Ah, internecine racism, the meanest kind of racism.

Things I've learned living in Toronto:

Africans don't like blacks from the Caribbean or the States
Blacks (Caribbean or so called "African-Americans") are afraid of Africans
All blacks from the West Indies hate Jamaicans

CBCs and FOBs hate each other equally. I was talking to a CBC and told him I could tell the difference. He asked me how. I said FOBs have that flipflop shuffle thing going. It's all in the walk. Every CBC I have ever known has a tale of racism from a FOB. Honju.

All Asians hate the chinks. They aren't even subtle about it.
 

CiG

TRIBE Member
If you say "I'm Canadian", guess what, your nationality is not interesting because we all live here... If a person answers "I'm from Brazil" I start to imagine nice beaches, g-strings, and big name athletes, which is interesting and leads to more questions...

I can't imagine what it is like to not judge someone based on their answer...
 

Humanjava

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ha canada thinks social racism. Try living in Europe. THis place is nuts on pure out racism. Your not white it does not help here in Germany, and if your not euro that does not help either.

Racism though is how you let it hinder you also. Of course talking from a white boy.
 
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workdowntown

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I find often people ask these questions simply to attempt to relate to the other person. I get it a lot here when my accent is overheard.

"Oh are you Irish?"

"No i'm Scottish"

"Oh man, you guys sure love to drink...and do you wear the skirt thinger too?"

etc

I used to be annoyed by it but after some serious self-examination I found the source of my annoyance to be an insecurity about what they might be judging me on...do they think we're all drunk 24/7? do they think we all beat our wives and carry swords and eat haggis for every dinner?

Once I realised the problem was my insecurity, I saw the questions for what they were; simple curiosity/shooting the shit/smalltalk, and stopped overreacting soon afterwards.
 

Bass-Invader

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workdowntown said:
Once I realised the problem was my insecurity, I saw the questions for what they were; simple curiosity/shooting the shit/smalltalk, and stopped overreacting soon afterwards.
my reaction was somewhat similar, except i would also hurl whisky bottles at them, and chop them in half with my sword.
 

Hawk Eye

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I get 'where are you from' all the time..and it's bc i have a tiny bit of an accent that's kind of different..My mother is scottish and I used to go to Scotland for the summer's when I was a kid. It's not a full fledged Scottish accent, it's when I say certain words..so it's there but it's very subtle. When i moved to peterborough for school every new person who talked to me the first weekend would ask me that question and bc it was the first weekend of being there, I got asked every 5 seconds..it was so freaking annoying. I sometimes get 'are you Australian' I got that on the plane home.. I had a friend once ask me that as well.. i'm like 'omg how long have you known me! i'm not from Australia!'. My brother's friend would ask 'how come your sister has an accent and you don't'. [/rant] I think the reason why Scottish have bad teeth is a) their dentists aren't very good..they fucked up my mother's teeth and b) They love their sweets and pop..my family was over awhile ago and we tried to get my cousins to drink anything but pop and they wouldn't.
 
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workdowntown

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LOL Australian? I haven't had that yet I must admit.

I did once have a fellow Glaswegian ask if I was from the Borders region though which was odd...apparently I'm very well spoken for a weegie.
 
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