Reverse Racism?

Submitted by: fundumper 8 years ago Sports
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Report makes awkward ""white guy"" remark during this past weekend"s LA Marathon. The dead air afterward says it all.
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Female 66
I`m not sure it`s possible to be completely free of our prejudices and that inner-dialog that exposes those thoughts. People are so afraid of being seen as racist, that we can`t even have an honest conversation about it.

Personally, I think the dead air made it seem a lot worse that it probably was.

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Male 77
Everyone, support with me the newest addition to television! WET, White Entertainment Television! Oh wait nevermind, we can`t do that because it`s "racist". They have BET by the way and that`s not racist?

What about declaring a whole month to be White History Month. NO! It`s RACIST! They have Black History Month though, that`s not racist.

Sorry just thinking to myself on the topic of racism...

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Male 75
You know...im not racist BUUUT...
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Male 1,629
the thing that everyone always forgets it that its only racism if a white guy says it
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Male 686
White man running fast?
He`s a Witch!!
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Male 815
haha naaah not racist... just kinda

awwwwkkwwaaaard

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Male 1,275
And thats a fair statement.
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Male 1,275
Stupid. Not at all rascist
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Male 957
lots of marathons have fast runners from Kenya or Ethiopia and they are the front runners of marathons, oh wow a white guy is in the lead and it is a surprise. how "racist"

please its not racist at all. I`ve never seen an asian or hispanic win a marathon. its either been a black or white person. Hispanics should do well, they were fast enough at our southern border.

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Female 252
reverse racism would be tolerance wouldn`t it?
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Male 2,216
Racism works both ways, there`s no such damn thing as "reverse racism".
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Female 744
Whoa, "honky" isn`t censored! Racist! I am offended! =O

/sarcasm

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Female 744
Lookit the honky go! (I`m allowed to say that because I`m white)
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Male 136
pft! it wasnt racism, it was a joke. "White guy" was the punchline. Obviously no one got it, hence awkward silence.
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Male 11
how many times is someone going to say there`s no such thing as reverse racism?
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Male 161
saying "reverse racism" suggests that only white people can be racists.
saying nasty comments about white people is as racist as saying nasty comments about black people.
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Male 9,306
YOU HEARD THE CRICKETS! I HEARD THE FREAKING CRICKETS! OH MY GOD!
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Male 400
Theres nothing wrong with saying white guy. if a black guy called me bird crap i still wouldn`t take it seriously.
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Male 3,296
too funny holy crap

but i agree with him

i knew he had no chance

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Female 2,074
Oh man, I laughed out loud. I must be in a `giggly` mood, hee hee!
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Female 1,398
How is that considered `reverse racism`? Is all racism targeted towards blacks? I mean, a lot of it is, but not ALL of it.
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Male 1,347
this is kinda like ethnicism, i mean the guy just figures the Africans will pass him up...eh, whatev
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Female 45
Muser was right.. if it were `that black guy isn`t being taken seriously..` all hell would break loose. But hey, it`s only a white guy - let`s just forget about it.
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Female 121
Reverse racism is actually excessive affirmative action. For those who don`t know, affirmative action is "correcting past mistakes" by giving special privelages to certain groups. The most excluded group is the whtie male because they have had the most privilages throughout history. Our government is bending over backwards with affirmative action, resulting in `reverse racism,` mainly against white males. We`ve been talking about this in civics for weeks.
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Male 203
Yes, we should be able to tolerate other races, nationalities, genders, sexual preferences and what not.

But our genes, social and national background DOES make us different and many "stereotypes" are quite valid

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Male 313
so what?
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Male 101
I hate that label African-American. If you are a citizen of the United States of America you are an American. Otherwise I would be called an Irish, Swedish,German,English,Norwegian-American.
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Male 101
I think the white runner was being racist. He is the one who didn`t want to hang out with the guys from Africa.
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Male 2,781
LMAO!!! OMFG THAT WAS HILARIOUS!!!

POWERLEGS!!!

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Male 1,039
Meh, my brother in law is African American (I`m white) and we both love each other just like any other family member.

I do wonder sometimes though, if a lot of African Americans realize that "white/European" people weren`t necessarily responsible for the whole "racist/slavery" thing?

Africans have been enslaving their own people, and selling them for hundreds/thousand of years now..what happened in America is just a blink in the eye in comparison. There`s no excuse for it either way...it`s just amazing the number of people that think that this was a "white/american/european" thing ONLY. I`d be pissed/upset about my wrong doing ancestors along with those that participated...not just some single "race" of people.

Anyway, getting off subject. I wasn`t offended by that comment, but I see how some extremely sensitive uptight group could make a big fuss about it. Stupid really, and immature.

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Female 49
Diddie - if you say "my neighbour is Iranian, is he therefore a terrorist?" you are not being racist. The question is speculative - it does not mean that you will conclude that yes, his being Iranian necessarily means that he is a terrorist: you could as easily conclude that no, he is not necessarily a terrorist. Asking the question itself does not denote racism. How you formulate the answer to it based on your beliefs about ethnicity and behaviour will show whether you are racist or not.
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Male 227
ok, so wait, its only racism if its FROM a white person!?!?
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Female 56
Yay! Just because I was born white, that makes me: rich, athletic, smart, and racist!! yay! I`m so excited!
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Female 56
so when someone makes fun of a white guy, its called "reverse racism"??... so what you are saying is that only white people can racist! Dudde, that is racist! (((I have a lot more to say, but im gunna restrain myself on that one..)))
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Male 380
Why is it when we refer to someone by the color of their skin it`s racism, as long as you don`t mean any offence by it...then it would be sexism to refer to people by their gender, like saying, see that girl overthere....."akward pause"....
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Male 4,746
Groogle, any form of stereotyping or generalizing is wrong. Saying white men can`t jump is the same as saying black men rob. It`s just not true and it is a hurtful statement, meant to belittle a group.

When I was a kid, we lived in a world where it was ok to generalize about blacks, asians etc. but never white people (unless they were polish, Jewish etc. etc.). Now a days, white folks are the only target that are fair game. Everything else makes you a scummy person.

This is classic reverse racism and a perfect example of how far the pendulum can swing. Eventually, white folks will get tired of it, stand up and it will swing back the other way. (It`s already happening. Only this time, it won`t swing back as drastically as it did in the 70`s (with all the black jokes etc.).

I hate being on the receiving end, but it has to happen in order for the pendulum to settle. It`s the way things work.

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Male 1,837
STEREOTYPICAL, anyone?
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Male 2,172
Patchouly: (think "White Men Can`t Jump" etc.)
It`s not racisism if it,s the truth. I can`t jump, my family can`t jump, my white friends can`t jump... it`s a flaw with us white peoples.

We just compensate with other things... like owning the worlds or things like that.

=D

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Male 2,172
You can`t really be racist towards white peoples. We`re too cute for that.

=D

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Male 50
We need a white NAACP. Im outraged! Fire him! Boycott NBC!

Oh it was a joke? ok nvm

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Male 888
Holy poo. He said that ON AIR? He`d better lose his job over this.
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Female 1,572
XD Goodness
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Male 2,703
yeha, pendulum effect is a b*tch, but it doesn`t help other races in the long run, if anything they will just get more in return. racism probably won`t completely be extinguished one race decides to take it on the cheek and turn the other, or we blend into one hybrid of a race and nobody can trace back if they are mongoloid, caucasoid or negroid.

heh, what kinda upsets me as a white guy is that firefox spellchecker accepts mongoloid and negroid as lower case, but not caucasoid, that has to be uppercase...

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Female 920
This actually reminds me of something my boyfriend told me last night. He was having a discussion with his I think Indian teacher 2 days ago and the teacher didn`t want to see things from my boyfriends point of view and said he was a "spoiled middle class suburban kid" and that if he didn`t stop he would fail his class. My boyfriend then proceeded to say "f*ck you" and left the room in the middle of class...
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Male 833
its not racism in the US if u make fun of white people, cause were the land where the minority has the most power

its like if a black person wears a black power shirt, its ok.

a white person wears a white power shirt, then hes racist... nope not fair

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Female 427
It really wasn`t that racist. I think they were just cut off or trading mics, who knows.
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Male 1,003
yeah i dont get it. black people are racist too. you know? i almost never hear a black guy or girl say something nice about a white person. and white people do just so they dont look racist. =)
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Female 175
did he win????
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Male 217
Georgierose - On your logic me speculating my neighbours are terrorists because they`re from Iran is fine but if i beleive they are terrorists it then becomes racist..?
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Male 610
what a lengthy and awkward pause.
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Female 58
they dont know what is being said for them****
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Female 58
i just posted, and its gone... o_0

fair enough the commentator wasnt the racist one, but what he said was what he assumed the kenyans etc to be thinking, which means he`s making them seem racist towards the white guy, even though he doesnt even know its being said.

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Female 49
I dont think any racism is occuring here. As Baby_bear said, the commentator is speculating that the Kenyans and Ethiopians may be making an assumption as to the white guy`s athletic ability based on his ethnicity. He`s not saying that *is* what is happening, and the statement itself says nothing about his own position. The fact that he does speculate about this may reflect something of the commentator`s prejudices regarding Kenyans/Ethiopians, but since it was only speculation, which doesn`t necessarily reflect belief, it`s not enough to be racism in itself.
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Female 81
I think the other commenters fell silent because if they replied it would be putting words in the mouths of the Kenyan and Ethiopian runners mentioned, which is potentially worse than the reverse racism.

Also, crickets. Did anyone else hear crickets?

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Female 81
Reverse racism is something I should mention in conversation more often.

Now, there, done, I`m not allowed to delete this comment like I did the other three. There should not be a delete button fancylad. If there is a button I`m gonna keep on pressing it.

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Male 217
There`s a fair bit of stereotyping going on there.. The commentator is generalising that the `white guy` isn`t being taken seriously because of his ethnicity rather than his sporting ability. Like if I said `The asian kids weren`t worried about the white kids in the maths test` I`d be doing the same thing.
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Female 1,395
Saying that isnt racist >.< the kenyans who dont take a white runner seriously could be considered racist but not the commentator. Even tho people ethnically from that part of the world are considered biologically better suited to running long distances, they still get beaten by people of other ethnicities, so its not like a for gone conclusion ...and `pride` as they say `comes before a fall` so best to keep your mouth shut to avoid looking stupid.
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Male 2,859
BTW I`m a white guy and if I`m amongst black friends being called the `white guy` is no insult, just a quick differentiator.
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Male 2,859
I didn`t see any racism there at all - just fair comment - if you watch a lot of mid-long distance races you`ll know the Kenyans and Ethiopians dominate heavily.
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Female 48
White guy.
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Male 335
to be honest, I don`t take white guys seriously either.
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Female 1,492
you know what it was? the white guy drank power thirst and the kenyan`s didn`t know it. they are now pissed because they`re getting deported back to kenya.
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Male 4,746
Reverse racism is the term given to the "pendulum swing" that occurs when an oppressed group is "freed" of it`s oppression and "returns the favour".

Generally, the swing is quite drastic at first and the initial counter attack is quite severe (think "White Men Can`t Jump" etc.). Then there is often a swing back. As the "Pendulum" swings from one side to the other, it eventually settles. Or we at least hope it will...

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Male 1,162
didnt seem that racist to me. but whatever lol
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Male 54
Its not really racist at all. Its just that if it was "that black guy" then it would have been taken offensively.
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Male 13
The long pause was necessary
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Male 5
lol.
yeah racism is racism and all that..
calling a dude white isn`t being racist though..
i guess when it`s used in a way to put someone down it is (as pabasa said)..

i can describe a dude as black or asian or white, and that`s ok, unless it`s like `i hate asians` or `you sure you wanna get with her? she`s black` type thing..

saw the title and reminded me of the reverse racism jokes in `The Animal` when they treat a black guy real nice cause they don`t wanna be called racist :P

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Male 322
as a white guy who use to live in detroit let me tell you about racism. I had to move. I was the only white guy on my block. car was broken into and spray painted same with my house more then once. Rocks and crap tossed through my windows. anyone here it on the news? no? because when I would report it I was almost laughed at. Black people have their kids grow up to hate white people the same as if not more the white people. its time to get real.
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Female 58
Noone takes him seriously because black guys are moar awesome than white guys at running?

Yeah obviously thats why he`s doing so well, they underestimated him, its not that he`s good at running or anything.

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Female 583
Yeah, benjbenj beat me to it. The title Reverse Rascism is sort of redudant. Rascism isn`t only applied to African Americans...rascism is rascism...there is no such thing as `reverse rascism`.
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Male 213
^^ Tolerance
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Male 274
its descriptional...and kinda true to be fair. they prob didnt take him too seriously. its not racist, we are all different. thats cool.
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Male 916
"Reverse racism"? What a stupid title. What the hell is "reverse racism"?
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Male 133
I took it as technical difficulties...Reporters usually respond, even to remarks like that. The length of the silence made me believe that they were just cut off from e/o. But, I could be wrong.
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Female 311
If you replace `white` with `black` or `asian` the racism becomes more apparent but as a white girl, i`ll get over it. :D
It is racism, not reverse racism. Racism can occur to any race not just to black people.
But ne`er mind...I certainly won`t be losing any sleep over this. :)
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Male 656
oooooooooh

ok gotcha
well ive been growing up in a family thats so super racist that his dint seem bad at all

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Male 60
Yeh i see where people were coming from with the whole racism thing.

But thats happened to me before to, I`m just talking and accidently say something awkward when one of my African friends are around and theres an awkward silence, its not fair :(

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Female 136
yeah, racism is racism
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Male 4,012
No, it was just a small bit of racism, very unintentional.

He said that the Kenyans and Ethiopians didn`t take him seriously because he was white. It appears the guy was catching up to them or something, at least that`s the impression I`m getting.

Quite funny, though the silence afterwards clinched it. "aaaaaaaaawwwwkwaaaaaaaaaaardddd"

Oh, and there`s no `reverse` racism, racism is still racism regardless of who gets it. Though in this case it`s quite lollable.

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Female 108
everyone like "...not cool man, not cool"
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Female 109
Awk-ward
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Male 656
soooooooooooooooo

basically some reporter said a white guy

and its considered rascist?

am i missing the point here?

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Male 2,576
I don`t See how... what?
Wait, what?
How?
What?
no -
What?

I don`t get it.

I don`t get his train of thought or how he arrived to that conclusion / joke.

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Male 27
Ehhhh, not with a ten foot pole.
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Male 551
If we say anything or comment anything on this video....are we gonna be racist too?.......But mooom!!!! I don`t wanna be a racist!!!...
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Male 188
hahhahahahha
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Male 200
Link: Reverse Racism? [Rate Link] - Report makes awkward ``white guy`` remark during this past weekend`s LA Marathon. The dead air afterward says it all.
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