Racism is a form of prejudice, which is always wrong because it both pre-judges a person based on limited information, and presumes things to be true whether they are or not.
However, STEREOTYPES are a valuable tool for quickly forming a frame of reference. There is nothing wrong with stereotyping as long as you do not let it become a prejudice. There's a difference.
However, the term 'Racism' has been so bastardized and dilluted by both sides of the political spectrum that the term no longer holds any meaning. Like the Little Boy Who Cried Wolf - people scream racism so often for such trivialities and minutea that it has become so much background static. Which is really a shame, because it makes instances of real racism and actual prejudice all that much harder to take seriously.
I'm racist as hell. I'm also a minority. But I don't hate anyone over their race, and I certainly don't act different towards people based on color. But I will admit that if someone acts a certain way, I can say "it's because they're (race here)". It's really just an informal, shorthand version of me recognizing who someone is without going into the specifics and detail. It's a cultural, psychological, educational thing that makes people who they are, and it just so happens that often times people who have the same cultural, psychological, and educational experiences tend to be of the same color. Because most people of the same color stick around in the same environments, and thus they experience relatively the same thing. It's common sense, not racist. Racism is misunderstood, but I've given up on trying to get that idea across, so I'll just agree that sure, I'm racist.
Cuz iirc is only really used by the Crips gang? Saying it randomly could get you into a lot of shit as (once again working from a vague memory) it's used to identify other gangbangers, so saying it is like making yourself a target.
To be honest, everybody has a little bit of racism hidden in them. I don't believe that there's a single person out there who has never said (even when the other person wasn't listening) or thought of anything racist in his/her entire life. Anyway, Its not a big deal unless you make it a big deal. However, if you run around calling people stuff or if for example you choose to fire or not hire a guy/girl just because he/she is different than you are, well then yeah it is a big deal and you are an asshole.
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Let's also not confuse racism with statistics and biological facts. People of different races are biologically different. Japanese people have longer digestive tracts for example. Some races are more prone to certain diseases and conditions than others. We are in fact different. The thing is we need to look at each individual and judge them as an individual person based on who they are not on what the statistics or your previous limited experience may say.
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Prejudice is unavoidable from what I have seen as most races are good at sticking towards their stereotypes thus legitimizing prejudice towards them. Prejudice does not have to be negative or positive. It is just prejudging people based on their race which I am sure most people do.
nothing but empty space here bro. move along now.
It's unfortunate when a community is stricken by poverty, which often leads to poor education and higher drug use, and also predominantly one race. While I do tend to associate MY TOWN and race - I don't carry it around to other places and people I meet. This, I believe, is the difference between just knowing the town and people around you, and racism.