Obviously . . . but then, you seem to be attempting to weasel out of the process known as debate.
I really, really, really hate arguing. I really do...I'm no good with circular logic- I'm a very linear thinker- I start getting lost and can't remember who said what, etc. etc.
I assert once again that to claim that someone is responsible for racism or stereotypes of someone else who is a stranger to the first person is ludicrous. It certain does constitute blaming the victim, because racism victimizes, stereotypes victimize, and you are suggesting that the racist or he or she who cherishes a stereotype is not entirely responsible for their irrational attitude.
I'm sorry- but I really do believe that stereotypes and generalizations are founded in at least a germ of truth...maybe that's racist and stereotypical of me- but I do...
Like if someone said, "All girls who grew up in New Jersey at a certain time say, "OH MY GOD!!!" -yes, that's a stereotype - but ALOT OF THEM DO- including me....And then when/if I say it over and over again in front of someone who believes that- then it will be reinforced for that person.
As for your paranoia, you wrote:
Believe what you want to believe- I am NOT racist (at least not toward black people) and I do not stereotype - at least not consciously...
What sort of response would you expect to that? Nothing which i wrote stated, suggested or implied that i believe you to be racist.
However, as this site also functions as free entertainment, i have some other observations to make.
You're not racist toward black people--do you think racism only describes the attitudes of white boys toward black boys?
No- but I cringe to admit that I do sometimes have what I would describe as a racist stereotypical fear of people who look middle-eastern when I am on airplanes. I hate even saying that- and I apologize to anyone in advance who that offends- but that's what I was referring to. I, myself do not walk around fearing black men or believing negative stereotypes about black people. But I have to admit that I am not totally non-racist. And truth be told- I don't think very many people are.
(I had a devout Muslim in my class last year though and he an I became very good friends, had alot of interesting discussions about Muslim customs, beliefs, attitudes toward Americans and women (he was Kashmiri) and I learned alot .
I think that- along with the readiness to be honest enough to admit that maybe some education or learning needs to take place is the key.
Do you think it somehow exculpatory to hate other general categories of people based on superficial descriptions, so long as you don't hate blacks?
I don't hate anyone that I can think of because of their race. But I do have preconceived notions about certain groups of people.
Do you think that it were possible to consciously stereotype people?
Yes- I think often people perceive what they wish to perceive.
Does it not occur to you that as soon as one becomes conscious of stereotyping someone, they have begun to cease to do so?
No, there are all sorts of pressures (internal and external) that might cause someone to want to continue to believe what they have begun to know is wrong.
You're a barrel of laughs, Bubba.
I hear that all the time. I take it as a compliment -better that than little miss gloom and doom- so thanks...