People seem to remember us more which is no great surprise given we tend to stand out a mile.
Back in my consulting days I used to work a lot at Microsoft offices around the world. For some strange reason no matter which country I was in, the local staff used to assume I was there for a speaking gig!
But I'll never forget the time I went to Argentina -- the whole airport stopped as I got off the plane. I didn't go back there in a hurry...
Do "they ignore that 85% of the direct victims of terrorism ... are non-fundamentalist Muslims"? No, they don't.
People throwing around blanket statements while complaining about blanket statements.
> At the time, ideas of race in America were quite literally black and white.
Not so much America as specifically the south, where white vs. black was the dividing line, and anyone nonblack was "close enough" to white, at least for the purposes of politics and segregation. In the north, where the white-vs.-black line wasn't as front-and-center, dynamics were different, and there was a higher bar for just how white you had to be to really be white. During some parts of the 20th century, Arabs, Jews, Greeks, Italians, Indians, etc. wouldn't be allowed entry to "whites-only" establishments in New York, even though they were white enough for a "whites-only" restaurant in Atlanta.
edit: Although now that I think of it, this would probably be true for some things even in the north. For example the "no selling to negroes" deed restrictions in Chicago, as far as I can find, really meant you could sell to anyone except a black person, including some people with quite dark skin. Race is complex, I guess.
published in New York: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Negro_Motorist_Green_Book
I'm now in India and have dated a number of African girls here. I'm very tall, Africans are tall, Indians are short, hence I am the last man on earth. The reaction of Indians is interesting. If they look up at the girl (I.e. they are 5'8", she is 6'2"), they say I should marry her. If they look straight (she is 5'9") they say I should find a white girl.
That makes a perverse but common amount of sense: by being strict in their adherence to their original culture (where in the old country things are usually more fluid) they aim to show they haven't been swayed/corrupted by the one they're now living in.
The Christmas party was at a segregated establishment, and they had no idea what to do with him. I think that ultimately they decided that it was ok for "others" to attend, even though by skin color, he was definitely closer to the black end of the spectrum.
Must have been a fun party.
On the other hand, I had a summer internship during college, where one of the employees was a white guy and wore a turban. He told me that he got searched every time he crossed the border between the US and Canada, during the period before 9-11 when most people just got waved across.
I find in my day to day interactions that these days Blacks are less discriminated against than many others, but it seems it is now less about color and more about accent.
Likely what I am seeing is a bias against non-European immigrants.
Being a well spoken Black is fine to hire or hang out with. Someone who looks and sounds like Will I Am, or Quincy Jones, or Colin Powell all good choices. Flavor Flav likely not so much.
The same goes for 3rd generation Hispanic, but not 1st.
Those from India if they grew up in an affluent house hold and sound like they are from England, but those with a heavy accent no.
My home town has no non-white people. We had 2 half native American kids in school, and I think a 1/4 Hispanic girl. As odd as that sounds I think that helped with not being racist. There were no stereotypes because there was no history of seeing anyone of another race.
When I was in the Sudan, I told people I was Canadian, it was safer. That wasn't a Race thing either.
This may have rambled but I think today there is less racism and more Originism (I know that isn't a word) but I think where you come from matters to people more than the race. That's not better. Just different. It is still beyond your control.
I totally agree with you. I have experienced lot of stuff by myself that you mentioned.
I am living here in US from last 7.5 yrs. I still have very thick accent. I tried a lot to get rid of it. Even hired an accent trainer but due to lack of time could not practice. At the end, my trainer gave up. I have lost lot of opportunities due to my accent. It is not just my accent, my tone is also so rough that when I speak my voice becomes so rough and it sounds so unpleasant. I think I need throat surgery to speak properly.
I don't blame them who show me off faces. My only complain is they don't even try talking with me. I can see the change in their body language when they see me coming.
Not all are bad. Some people are still very welcoming. I wish there were more of them.
I have seen my European friends getting so warm welcome even though they speak more worst than me. I am not jealous about this. Just sharing how people treat others differently who are from different origins
It's not malice, it's not racism, it's just really uncomfortable.
Being "uncomfortable" is one kind of feelings racism stems from, being uncomfortable around people you don't really understand. Not saying your feelings are bad or you are bad, just that people are emotional rather than logical beings. There were definitely some subset of racists who were racists not because they logically analysed the science of race, concluded that their own race was "superior", but rather, they felt uncomfortable being around those they assume is from a particular race. There were establishments that were "whites-only", I assume it's because the owners were afraid its patrons would be uncomfortable eating with "blacks".
I get the same thing with my sometimes spotty grasp on the German language. While, for the most part, I can be understood just fine from Berlin to Munich, eventually people get frustrated and ask me to switch to English. Not because I'm American, but because I'm terrible at speaking German. It just takes too long for me to understand them or to make myself understood.
So I agree that racism sometimes stems from being uncomfortable around people who are different, but I wouldn't go as far as to say being uncomfortable around people who are different is necessarily similar to being racist.
About the Phone thing: When I get someone from South East Asia for customer support, I ask them to speak phonetically in the most courteous way possible, this was after yelling at a few reps who just didn't understand a word I was saying, nor I them. I felt there had to be a better way than to berate someone for just trying to do his job (somehow the women were easier to understand, probably just the luck of the draw). Anyway I highly recommend it to everyone who complains about bad customer rep phone calls, learn the Phonetic Alphabet (I have a copy taped to my wall for easy access) (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, etc). It may be a little slower but if they don't like it they'll just transfer you to their supervisor or to someone with a better grasp and no one feels bad at the end of the call.
As far as I know racism stems from one race thinking they're more human than the other, which occurs, I think, due to the perception of differences in intelligence when the perceived inferior race is trying to communicate, in a sub-optimal way, to the perceived superior race, and being constantly made fun off in the process.
I imagine a typical racist comment in 18th century America: "There's no point telling the slave, he's not gonna understand anyway.".
Hiring a reading trainer might help your career. Re-read the post you replied to more carefully.
And I didn't know Hacker News was a career for me. Jackass.