my view is that every culture are the summation of every individual person's values within a society and as a whole they are different to other societies. After all different historical background and different geography means the "average" values of the population will be different.
However like anything there is a bell curve and people fall outside the average and there is a saying that "there is no such thing as normal". The average person is the summation of every individual in a society but that average person doesn't actually exist and is simply a statistical representation because no one is normal with everything.
Really social science is based on making generalisation about the values or behaviours the population have based on statistics and then people try to influence it based on those statistic.
So my view is that people should be able to make generalisation out of observation of people from certain cultural backgrounds as well as from statistic. However every generalisation should be assumed that it doesn't apply to everyone or even majority of people within that society. (some cultural values, only minority of people believe it even if that minority is larger than other societies) I really don't believe that people have to preface every generalisation with "not everyone is like that" as it goes without saying.
I really have no problem with people having preconception based on cultural backgrounds as long as those preconceptions are flexible and aren't fix especially when contradicting evidence about the individual arrives.
Hell I met people who are surprised about my hobbies, beliefs and attitudes based on my race (including people from the same race as well) but I don't care because I know I am an outlier.
As I say, it's a bigot to think there are no exception but it's an idiot who believe everyone is an exception.
Sure some generalisations are wrong and incorrect and when people spread incorrect generalisation despite contradicting empirical evidence but the best way to combat is simply correcting it instead of shouting down those people.
: I disagree. A lot of the reasons people are
: attracted to "exotic minorities"
: is because they ARE different. The reason
: white guys may have a "thing for
: Asians" is because Asian culture is so
: radically different from white culture. The
: attraction comes from that exotic-ness.
: Don't confuse racism with a subtle truth.
: --Previous Message--
: Desirability of exotic minorities is often
: based on both racist and sexist
: preconceptions and is a good subject for
: satire. Devoting such a song to white women
: uncovers some of the attitudes behind the
: exotic minorities concept.
: --Previous Message--
: I know that you like the song but I find the
: description that it is racist a bit
: disturbing. It's certainly un-PC though.
: If we treat race and skin colour as merely a
: physical characteristic a person have.
: Well some people prefer tall people, some
: people prefer short people, some people
: prefer blonde hair, brunettes, people with
: certain eye colour, people with more muscle,
: people with big breast, etc
: There's absolutely no reason why someone
: shouldn't allow to have a preference of skin
: colour. It's not like the song is saying
: it's wrong to like people with different
: skin colour but merely stating it's
: preference for the white skin colour in
: terms of sexual attraction.
: I mean racism is wrong because you
: arbitrarily using people skin colour to
: dislike them or exclude them from occupation
: or at the most extreme commit violence etc.
: You don't defeat racism by arbitrarily
: elevating skin colour to the level of
: importance above every other physical
: features in your body and treating it as
: some sort of sacred cow. The solution is to
: simply treat it like any other physical
: characteric a person has.
: Like Jerry Seinfeld said "If I like
: their race, how can that be racist?"
: It's really politics and cultural and
: historical connotation which has nothing to
: do with basic principles of treating race as
: equals that it could be consider offensive.
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