Stereotypes based on ignorance, bigotry

Stereotypes based on ignorance, bigotry

There are 77 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 2, 2008, titled Stereotypes based on ignorance, bigotry. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Smith's view, that Jews are miserly, that African-Americans love to feast on fried chicken and watermelon and are great dancers, that Muslims are radical anti-American terrorists, etc.

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MDR

Royal Oak, MI

#1 Dec 2, 2008
If you don't like being stereotyped, stop acting like yours!

'nuff said..........
mike p

United States

#2 Dec 2, 2008
MDR wrote:
If you don't like being stereotyped, stop acting like yours!
'nuff said..........
ditto
North Baltimore Resident

Baltimore, MD

#3 Dec 2, 2008
Of course you are right, but stereotypes are never killed by the rightous indignation that you just proposed, because that is also a stereotype.

Since: Nov 08

Ontario, Canada

#4 Dec 2, 2008
North Baltimore Resident wrote:
Of course you are right, but stereotypes are never killed by the rightous indignation that you just proposed, because that is also a stereotype.
u care to translate what you jus typed
Pelham

United States

#5 Dec 2, 2008
Stereotypes are not based on ignorance and bigotry. They are based on common behaviors of each particuliar ethnic group. I dont understand about what's so bad about liking Fried Chicken. Is it insulting to Italians to say their pasta, the irish like their potatoes? No, these groups are proud of this common characteristic. I'm sure if one is faced with the decision of buying a slice of pizza from either an Italian pizzeria or a polish one, the consumer would overwhelmingly choose the Italian owned business. As for the as the Jewish stereotype of being miserly,again, what's so bad about that? Many ethnic groups share this characteristic. The difference is the Jewish community feels offended by this. "Saving their pennies" has allowed the jewish community to own the media and is the most dominant force in politics. Whether Democratic or Republican, there's little chance of getting elected without promising to protects Israel's interests. Does anyone believe that Obama would've been elected if he said one "change" that he's going to bring to Washington is reducing the money we given to Israel. It's amazing what being "miserly" can do. Certainly, no other ethnic group can claim we do as much to protect their homeland as the jewish community. Perhaps if ALL ethnic groups could embrace their cultural commonalities, words such as bigotry would fade from our language. I gotta run now and go get my breakfast at Einstein brothers.They make the best bagels!! For lunch I'm going to Little Italy for some pasta. It's gonna be a great day..or am I guilty of being a bigot?
Jim C

Virginia Beach, VA

#6 Dec 2, 2008
I agree with this and see nothing bad about the stereotyping:
So, I guess that it's "more or less true," in Mr. Smith's view, that Jews are miserly, that African-Americans love to feast on fried chicken and watermelon and are great dancers, that Muslims are radical anti-American terrorists, etc.
You left out the part about African Americans being great athletes, eg: boxing.
Frank

Baltimore, MD

#7 Dec 2, 2008
Dear Paul,

I'm sorry, but you could not be more incorrect that stereotypes exist because of ignorance and bigotry. They are exaggerations of known behaviors, characteristics and years of behavioral development. Period.

What people choose to do with those stereotypes might constitute bigotry - but that does not make the "stereotype" incorrect.

Mutli-culturalism does not work. We can all live together - but we should not be put down for wanting to travel in groups that share the same values, beliefs and ideas.
USA

Glen Arm, MD

#8 Dec 2, 2008
Pelham wrote:
Stereotypes are not based on ignorance and bigotry. They are based on common behaviors of each particuliar ethnic group. I dont understand about what's so bad about liking Fried Chicken. Is it insulting to Italians to say their pasta, the irish like their potatoes? No, these groups are proud of this common characteristic. I'm sure if one is faced with the decision of buying a slice of pizza from either an Italian pizzeria or a polish one, the consumer would overwhelmingly choose the Italian owned business. As for the as the Jewish stereotype of being miserly,again, what's so bad about that? Many ethnic groups share this characteristic. The difference is the Jewish community feels offended by this. "Saving their pennies" has allowed the jewish community to own the media and is the most dominant force in politics. Whether Democratic or Republican, there's little chance of getting elected without promising to protects Israel's interests. Does anyone believe that Obama would've been elected if he said one "change" that he's going to bring to Washington is reducing the money we given to Israel. It's amazing what being "miserly" can do. Certainly, no other ethnic group can claim we do as much to protect their homeland as the jewish community. Perhaps if ALL ethnic groups could embrace their cultural commonalities, words such as bigotry would fade from our language. I gotta run now and go get my breakfast at Einstein brothers.They make the best bagels!! For lunch I'm going to Little Italy for some pasta. It's gonna be a great day..or am I guilty of being a bigot?
I think I love you!
Tom

Pasadena, MD

#9 Dec 2, 2008
Look at the top-10 most violent cities in America. Notice any similarity between them? All are majority black. No ifs, ands or buts - wherever blacks are predominant, crime, violence, dirt and noise follow. That's not a stereotype - it's reality.

ReallyohReally

“That's not CHOCOLATE, dummy!”

Since: Jul 08

...Classic!

#10 Dec 2, 2008
Jim C wrote:
I agree with this and see nothing bad about the stereotyping:
So, I guess that it's "more or less true," in Mr. Smith's view, that Jews are miserly, that African-Americans love to feast on fried chicken and watermelon and are great dancers, that Muslims are radical anti-American terrorists, etc.
You left out the part about African Americans being great athletes, eg: boxing.
The whole article is cherry picked and ignorant.
The stereotypes mentioned about all ECXEPT blacks are highly inflamatory.
But they mention chicken and dancing about blacks.
What about the black steretypes of being prone to CRIME....of being LAZY at work, of being irresponsible about their offspring?

Oh..NOOO!!! Lets not MENTION anything that would rile them up!.
They might get VIOLENT about it.

I think the whole thing is a big JOKE the way its written.

Since: Nov 08

United States of America

#11 Dec 2, 2008
Jim C wrote:
I agree with this and see nothing bad about the stereotyping:
So, I guess that it's "more or less true," in Mr. Smith's view, that Jews are miserly, that African-Americans love to feast on fried chicken and watermelon and are great dancers, that Muslims are radical anti-American terrorists, etc.
You left out the part about African Americans being great athletes, eg: boxing.
Well, tell me this, I don't eat fried chicken, I like it baked, don't eat watermelon, and can't dance at all. Do I fall under the stereotype of most african americans? Am I still, just one of the lazy, uneducated, black people that we are made out to be?
Wallace

Washington, DC

#12 Dec 2, 2008
Bravo!
Wallace

Washington, DC

#13 Dec 2, 2008
So far as you Tom...How about it is more than race, it is class and income.

I used to be a police officer for a major city. I know how suburban, white cities, reclassify crimes, so that their property values and insurance rates aren't affected. Instead of burglaries, they reclassify those crimes that little "Tommy" committed, to vandalism, or the likes.

When you warehouse poor and uneducated people, you will have higher crime. So you can sock your Nixon and Reagan race baiting (ghetto, Caddy driving, welfare queens)...this last election just proved that people are seeing through people like you, and even I wouldn't just assume that you are stupid because you type stupid posts! You're just ignorant of the facts!
Richard K

Lutherville Timonium, MD

#14 Dec 2, 2008
I didn't know we were "warehousing poor and uneducated people" in the city of Baltimore. So who's forcing that life choice and paying for that? Is there a wall around the city that I don't know of?

ReallyohReally

“That's not CHOCOLATE, dummy!”

Since: Jul 08

...Classic!

#15 Dec 2, 2008
Yes We Did wrote:
<quoted text>Well, tell me this, I don't eat fried chicken, I like it baked, don't eat watermelon, and can't dance at all. Do I fall under the stereotype of most african americans? Am I still, just one of the lazy, uneducated, black people that we are made out to be?
Maybe. Maybe not.
But you DEFINITELY fit the genetically IGNORANT stereotype, because stereotypes are common behaviors share widely amomg a group, not by EVERY SINGLE indiviual.
MDR

Hanover, MD

#16 Dec 2, 2008
"Well, tell me this, I don't eat fried chicken, I like it baked, don't eat watermelon, and can't dance at all. Do I fall under the stereotype of most african americans? Am I still, just one of the lazy, uneducated, black people that we are made out to be?:"

Mr. President-elect, so glad you could join us.........

Since: Nov 08

United States of America

#17 Dec 2, 2008
ReallyohReally wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe. Maybe not.
But you DEFINITELY fit the genetically IGNORANT stereotype, because stereotypes are common behaviors share widely amomg a group, not by EVERY SINGLE indiviual.
I'm glad that's your opinion and that I know better. When you learn better, you will not judge others.

Since: Nov 08

United States of America

#18 Dec 2, 2008
ReallyohReally wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe. Maybe not.
But you DEFINITELY fit the genetically IGNORANT stereotype, because stereotypes are common behaviors share widely amomg a group, not by EVERY SINGLE indiviual.
By the way, spell check before you submit, you are the intelligent species, right?

Since: Nov 08

United States of America

#19 Dec 2, 2008
MDR wrote:
"Well, tell me this, I don't eat fried chicken, I like it baked, don't eat watermelon, and can't dance at all. Do I fall under the stereotype of most african americans? Am I still, just one of the lazy, uneducated, black people that we are made out to be?:"
Mr. President-elect, so glad you could join us.........
Yes, we did. Thanks.
One Party State

Childs, MD

#20 Dec 2, 2008
Yes We Did wrote:
<quoted text>Well, tell me this, I don't eat fried chicken, I like it baked, don't eat watermelon, and can't dance at all. Do I fall under the stereotype of most african americans? Am I still, just one of the lazy, uneducated, black people that we are made out to be?
Okay so certain people called a particular supreme court judge an 'Uncle Tom' because he didn't fit into a certain sterotype. That he dared to use the opportunities available to succeed. Not sure why this was never said about Obama. Maybe we all have made some progress after all.

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