Fire Brns wrote:Regardless, when you present a stereotype as true you fabricate evidence for racism when the people believing it don't know the evidence is false. The only reason racism is wrong in the first place is because there is no evidence supporting it.
I am not sure you and felltir are using the same definition of racism. I certainly hope not, because otherwise what you are saying here...well. Racism is not merely racial stereotyping, although that is a thing that falls under the wide umbrella of racism. Stereotypes sometimes reflect a portion of certain realities, although typically in a surface way. That is not really a justification for either judging those folk who happen to match parts of them, or for holding blanket prejudices about the group in question. Noting the differences between groups nonjudgmentally is not racism.
ETA: I missed the specific context of this post in replying. I agree that such behavior could reinforce somebody's racist attitudes. And that is a shitty way to behave. I don't believe it legitimizes racism, however.