I’m a bit nervous about posting this, but I’ve seen threads discussing racial stereotypes before without people crying “Racism!”, so here goes.
Disclaimer: I don’t actually believe either of these. They just struck me because I’d never heard of them before, but both were told to me with an “Everyone knows that!” attitude. I’m curious to just how widespread they are. I’m also curious to the origins of these, if any.
- Black people are loud in movie theaters.
This was said by a friend of a friend who said he avoids a certain movie theater because “a lot of black people go there”. At first I thought he was saying they talk on cell phones or have loud conversations with their friends, but he explained that they yell things at the screen depending on what’s going on in the movie. Like “Look out behind you!” or “You need to dump that asshole!” or “Shoot him! Shoot him!” (For the record, with the right kind of movie, I think this would actually be a lot of fun.) He seemed shocked and amazed that I didn’t know this, but couldn’t give me a explanation as to why this would be so.
- Bathrooms that are used by hispanics are filthy.
This one was from one of my husband’s coworkers. They’re in construction, and the coworker was ranting loudly about how he hates working at construction sites that employ a lot of “illegal immigrants” because they make the spot-a-pots all nasty. He was also shocked and amazed that I didn’t know this, but also didn’t have an explanation as to why this would be so.
Both of these seem kind of weird and random to me. So have any of you ever heard either of these? Also, does anyone know how either of these got started?