Inspired by thisthread.
I don´t live in the US, but I have heard many of the same stereotypes regarding blacks, asians, arabs, jews etc.
I live in the Dominican Republic, which has its own fair share of racism and sterotypes. Our particular problem is that Dominicans (as the stereotype goes) hate Haitians. They take our jobs, flood our streets, etc.
I want to make myself clear here, I DO NOT accept or encourage any behaviour deemed offensive or violent. I´m merely curious to find out others perspective on these complex issues.
Stereotypes are based on a general observation that, given enough time, earns a certain group of people a (usually) bad reputation.
There are many exceptions, yes. But, for example, most of the thefts in the US are caused by African Americans.
The Quoran, for example, at its core, is quite a violent book, much like The Bible.
Certain cultures are not justified, in my opinion, to pratice the things they do just because of tradition.
**My point in stating all these generalizations is to ask the question to you, fellow Doper: can racism, “cultur-ism” or stereotypes be justified?
Why is it taken as a given that any of the above mentioned issues, are, at its core bad or ignorant?
What say you about these issues in general?**
(feel free to question me if any of the things I mentioned are not clear or seem out-right offensive. If it did sound offensive, it was not my intent)