||[Nov. 7th, 2005|09:12 pm]
The Question Club
What's your opinion on this statement-|
"Okay so this one time I was leaving the mall, and this black/hispanic/korean/whatever guy comes up to me, and..."
I've noticed that quite a few times in this community, someone will tell a story of what has happened to them, and in the description of the story, include the race(s) of the non-white people involved. This doesn't bother me, but it seems to bother some people. I've seen others berate people for including the race of the person involved, asking things like "why did you feel you had to add that?" and "why does that matter to the story?" and generally, well, being a butt about things.
IMHO, when I read a story that includes the races of the people involved, I don't think anything of it. If I were to write a story in which I include that, it would only be to give everyone a picture of what's going on.
I think it's normal that we include these things in our daily speech because we (well, most of us here) live in a white-dominated society, and when we see others of another race, something clicks in our heads- "oh, there goes a black person", and so on. I think that it's racist in the smallest of ways, but I think that when people here write it, there is definetly no ill meaning intended.
Do you feel the need to call people out on this when you see it? Why?
Any other thoughts?