Race Vs. Racism

@ParaTed2k (21916)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
April 4, 2007 7:21pm CST
When I was a paramedic, my partner and I were doing medic support at a local racetrack. Both of us are people watchers, so we were looking at the crowd and talking about whatever stood out to us. I noticed a few women walking along a roadway and said something about one of them. My partner asked me which one I meant... "The Black one" I answered. He told me that I shouldn't use race as a description because that is offensive. Then he went on to point out what features I could have used instead of the color of her skin. How on earth is race offensive? Are Black people offended by the color of their skin? I don't think so. Have we become so mindless in our interactions with people that noticing the race of someone is now somehow "racist"?
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• Argentina
5 Apr 07
By taking ofence on the remark you are showing racism. If you would of said ...the blond one...Im sure he would have not said anything. Ive lived in several countries and lived with people of diferent races. All people are racist, but saxon racism is the most virulent and violent, followed by the chinese. Chinese opinion in private of americans would make a KKK blush. That has been my personal experience
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@ParaTed2k (21916)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
5 Apr 07
True, all cultures have their brand of racism.
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@Lavera1 (897)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I don't know why people are so offensive about the skin color. But I have a next door neighbor. Or I have some neighbors, (four men in the house). Three are dark skinned and one is fair skinned.Whenever I'd talk about him to my kids I'd say the curly haired one. So My kids would say mom do you have a problem with saying the man's skin color or something. I just didn't want to call them by their skin color so I'd say the curly haired one. I fiqured that they'd reconize him by his hair type. And that was that. If I'd known his name then I'd have said his name.
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@ParaTed2k (21916)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
5 Apr 07
Glad to hear your kids aren't uptight about silly things.
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I don't get how it is racist either. I would never get upset if someone said "The white girl" about me when they came into my work and were pointing me out. I usually work with a Korean, and a Mexican (she prefers the name Mexican to other "politically correct" terms). Neither of them would be offended if they were picked out based on their race either. I don't get how it's offensive to be called by your race. As long as you weren't saying anything bad about her just because she was black, there's nothing wrong with it in my opinion.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I don't care what your race is, you will notice someone of a different race, especially if there is a difference of skin color. That does not make a person racist in any way. Disparaging remarks and bad treatment based on race does. Too much is being made of things that have no racist intent, and I believe it is done to promote racism. Without racism, certain groups become unnecessary, and I believe that those groups promote the idea that racism is rampant merely to ensure their existence. To my knowledge I have never met a black person that was offended by their own skin color. When I worked Corrections, we used the most notable feature to quickly identify a particular inmate that was in a crowd. It didn't matter if that was skin color, shoe color or whatever. all that mattered was if it was obvious, easily recognizable and accurate. Racism had absolutely nothing to do with it, and to say someone was black was a mere statement of fact, and just another descriptor and tool to be used for identification in a hurry.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I am begining to beleive that the only people who are racist are those of a minority group. No matter what you say some one will accuse you of being racist. Several years ago my daughter attened a confrence of youth and they had people assigned to make sure people did not use racist remarks. In one session the speaker refered the "Black Members" and was quickly told to use "African Americans". The next session a person refered to "African Americans" and they were told to use the term "Black Americans". Using the term "Black Americans" they people were corrected and told to use "People of Color". By the end of the confrence most of the people felt that they were racist because they used "racist" names, when no one could agree how you should address minorities. You are racist if you say anything that a minority does not like. However, a minority person can never be racist. While visiting Las Vegas during the NBA All Star weekend I over heard two minority men talking and one told the other to go down the street and get some cards from the "ni*****" there. Refering to another minority.
• United States
12 Apr 07
I have to agree, referring to a person's color of skin is the same as referring to their color of hair. They ARE a certain color. Those that love to pick on "my skin's not BLACK, it's coffee" or "I'm not WHITE, I'm peach" are just looking for something to bring to an issue. I've always felt that referring to one's race is perfectly acceptable as long as you don't use derrogatory words (which are pretty obvious). It's these types of comments that actually create racism in our country if you ask me.
@ParaTed2k (21916)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
12 Apr 07
Exactly! Skin color isn't something to be ashamed of, it simply is.
• United States
16 May 07
"I am colorblind, I don't see race, people tell me I'm white so I believe them" -Stephen Colbert
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@4ftfingers (1313)
6 Apr 07
Haha no way! If the police are identifying a suspect they will use black male etc... asian... white mate.. etc. I am white and I have a black friend, when she meets a guy she likes she will say 'well.. he's back', or 'he's white...' and so on. It is something to mention, just as eye colour and hair colour is. A white friend wouldn't say it because it is assumed, but if they are black it would be mentioned only for, like in your case, identification. I have thought about it before but I don't think we do ourselves any favours by tip-toing around the subject of race. It's only racist when what we are doing or saying will have an intentional offensive effect.
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