[quote]Originally posted by pfflam:
<strong>It might seem that way but it was obviouse in this situation . . . it was about her having to return to the kitchen for rich black people . . . it was obviouse to me... it was obviouse to her coworkers all of whom were amazedand apologetic to eveybody . . .and there was no boss in sight because had there been she would have acted differently.
Perhaps also she was having a bad day, but my perceptions, in this case, are not a product of whatever political bias you would want me to have . . . when I say it was obviouse... trust me.
I know not all white men are racists and I'm not worried or stressed about that . . . that doesn't change this one woman from having acted the way she did . . . practically spitting at these people for nothing.
I have witnessed racism many times in my life.... sometimes more bluntly than others . . . in Portland Or, I watched a black man who was walking on the sidewalk get attacked by a bare chested gargantuan who ran out of his house and threw trash cans at him and yelled repeatedly "get out of my nieghborhood N*****!!" Was he maybe having a bad day . . . yes that too.
Did my seeing it stem from some guilty conscience? no. though it did make me sick.
Granted the motivation was obviouse in that case because the man said as much . . . but in the case I mentioned her motivation wasn't verbal but she said as much with how she acted.</strong><hr></blockquote>
I´ll take your word for it
I just think people should be careful with assuming racism. It´s bad enough that we have certain organisations and "activists" calling us racist for the slightest little thing, we don´t need to start doing it ourselves. I realise I´m using the words "us" and "we" here as if "we", the white race, are a different group but let´s face it, in racism there are always two "sides".
I´ve been discriminated against myself when I first moved to Ireland, not in a very pleasant way. It is also happening to me now in Bilbao and I might add that I´m white. Being a foreigner is enough for some people. However, that doesn´t mean I go around calling every Irishman or Basque a racist as soon as they don´t do what I want or react fiercely to something I say.