What has the world come to?
by under_fire · 6 comments 9 weeks ago
under_fire · 9 weeks ago
I'm operating on one hour of sleep, and maybe I'm delusional, but I came across this article: https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/restaurant-apologizes-after-patron-complains-of-incredibly-racist-message-on-receipt
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Basically, this lady thinks that a restaurant is racist because they used the word "asians" on the receipt to distinguish their party at a busy time of day. Let's examine this, shall we?
First,
racism
/ˈrāˌsizəm/
noun
prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.
The restaurant showed no sign of discrimination or antagonism, in fact they were trying their best to serve their customers in a timely manner.
Second, is it racist to distinguish a group of people based on their physical features? If I were to describe my friend to another person as "black" am I being racist? Or is it common knowledge (albeit colloquial) that people from 'asia' (including but not limited to china...
under_fire · 9 weeks ago
...Japan, korea, etc) have certain physical features that are evolutionary traits and make them different from a person with evolutionary traits that allowed people to live and survive in say, Norway? Come on. People need to spend their time better.
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Anyways, like I said I'm extremely tired and a little pissed at humanity. Can someone explain to me if I'm wrong? Much appreciated.
-underfire (i hope not)
xvarnah · 9 weeks ago
I feel this definition might help:
"Special snowflake:
-Someone so sensitive and delicate that you can't say certain things(most things actually) to them without them being offended."
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Even if they chose to find "Asians" offensive it is definitely not "INCREDIBLY racist."
xvarnah · 9 weeks ago
Maybe this is just because I'm white but if I went into a restaurant and they identified me on the receipt as "white" it literally wouldn't bother me. If they identified me as albino, it wouldn't bother me. Similarly if they identified me as Irish or German it wouldn't bother me, despite never having been to either of those countries. If they identified me as Asian I'd be a little confused but whatever gets them through the day. The terminology was not used in a derogatory manner, is not even a derogatory term, and as long as the service was good and the food correct I think the person would be much happier in their life if they just moved on. But that's just my opinion
guest_ · 9 weeks ago
I dunnoh. One of the most common and time honored racial stereotypes for “Asians” is that they all look the same. Given the history and even current state of race relations I can understand someone being sensitive to being referenced as “Asians.” The real question to me is: how do they identify their other patrons? The fact they called the table “Asians” as @under_fire says could be a quick way to identify them in a crowded place. That implies the fact they are Asian is fairly unique- you wouldn’t call a table “Asians” if 20,30,50,80% of your customers at that moment were Asian of some sort. So- how do they identify other tables? Do their receipts say: “Irish” “Jews” “Arabs,” “The table with the large guy,” “The Blondes...” Generalizations on appearances happen. They aren’t always racist and can be a quack way to point a person out- especially when they are easily distinguished by appearance. However- if you had a cafe full of “Asians,” or a cafe full of “Whites” how would you...
guest_ · 9 weeks ago
... tell them apart on their tabs? Whatever that is- use that instead. We can often feel others are being very sensitive about “little” things- but living with a thing your whole life and dealing with that constantly can make a person sensitive. I know plenty of Asian people who wouldn’t be offended by this, plenty of many races who would just say it was fine. I also know people who would t be ok with it. The fact some are doesn’t mean all are or should be. How you identify people in your head is your business and maybe doesn’t mean your racist- but how you identify people openly should account for the known fact that some people are very sensitive about race and similar issues.