Pope Gaius Disaster (wu_chan) wrote in thequestionclub,
Pope Gaius Disaster

Do you ever notice people being too polite to minorities? I notice it with handicapped people a lot. People sometimes go really far out of their way to be nice to them.

A girl I go to school with referred to someone (I think it was a historical figure) as "the African-American gentleman" which just seems like overkill to me. I mean, I doubt she would refer to a white guy with that level of formality.

What do you think of this phenomenon? Does it count as racism/discrimination? Is it forgivable because their intentions are good? (I am talking about the cases where their intentions actually are good. Not the people who are trying to hide their overt prejudice, but the people who are genuinely just trying to be nice, and they just don't know any better.)

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