Wouldn't Assuming Things about a Certain Breed be Like Racism?

@Jshean20 (14367)
Canada
February 24, 2007 9:29pm CST
Well we all know that pitbulls have been given a bad name because of some of the severe attacks that have happened in the past (I'd like to add that it's the owners fault not theirs). Wouldn't such assumptions be like us assuming something about someone because of their race? Lets say white people were at the top of the list in terms of robberies commited and so we assumed that all whites were bad people. Wouldn't it be similar when we assume the worst from a dog breed? I'm interested in your honest views and ideas.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
The way I see it.... certain groups get a rep (good or bad) from doing those things over long periods of time again and again. Pit Bulls have a bad rep because they earned it. This is much like racism...if a certain group does something again and again for a long period of time, that is how they get the rep.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
But then that "rep" turns into racism when people assume things because of your color, right?
• United States
25 Feb 07
Yes it does. Racism is natural... not the hating of all of one race... but finding similarities between many people of the same race and thus assuming since the majority...yada yada yada...maybe I'm talking more about stereotypes.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
26 Feb 07
I think I see what you're trying to say though
@JashleyB (1441)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Great discussion topic! I agree with you and cxannot stand when people assume stuff about dogs. I think that's a very good way to look at it. It's so not cool to think stuff about a certain breed because of something a few dos have done that was most likely the owners fault to begin with!
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
Thanks I'm glad you liked the topic.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
I think a dog is born with certain levels of potential to harm people, but whether or not they act out on them depend on what they're taught and the conditions they're living in.
• United States
28 Feb 07
hmm...I think that it would, because I agree with you as far as it being the owners fault when dogs are misbehave. We have 2 dobermans and everyone is scared of them and assumes they are mean dogs when in reality they are wonderful! They have been great with my 15 month old son since day one and while they are very protective dogs, they won't hurt you unless you threaten their family. I think that Pit Bulls and Dobermans get a bad name that they shouldn't have.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
28 Feb 07
I don't really hear people talking negatively about dobermans anymore..I used to hear it a lot like 5 years ago.
• United States
25 Feb 07
I look at each person or animal and form my opinion of that individual/animal as a single entity not as a whole. Animals being the result of how their owner trained or encouraged them to be so is it with people influenced by their parents and teachers
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
I think that's smart thinking
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
25 Feb 07
well i would never assume that about a person regardless of race,because i am not a racist..I do know that pitbulls have a reputation and some of them are not treated right by their owners,but i am afraid i would not want one..I had a chow dog and I loved that dog,pampered that dog and was very good to him.I brushed him ,loved him as as he got bigger he got aggressive...One day a neighbor girl rode her bike up to my house and my Chow almost took her leg off...So I had to put him down because I did not want a dog that would attack...I do not necessarly agree with you that it is always the owners fault,i think it has to do with the breed..Some are very good dogs but i do not want to take a chance on having one that might turn..No I do not think that way about people because People know right from wrong and dogs don't always know that they are doing wrong,they only think they are protecting their owners,they cannot weigh options because they are dogs and do not have the ability that hummans do..I reallt hated putting my dog down but the vet told me that they can turn on you certain breeds...Now you may owna pitbull andhe mightbe a very good dog ,but my how turned for no reason and he knew this girl...Im just being honest.....
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
I appreciate your honesty, thanks.
• United States
25 Feb 07
that is a fantastic comparison! and believe me the next time i end up in one of those "discussions" i am going to use that! lol your perfectly correct of course!
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
Good to see that people like this topic, to be honest I was hesitant about posting it.