Why is it that white people aren’t stereotyped when a white person does something stupid?

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Every day I come on here, there’s some poster who has an experience with a person of a particular race, and then feels the need to ask why everyone of that race does X.

“My Indian colleague was very aggressive to me. Why are Indians so aggressive?”

“I had a Chinese interviewer ask me weird questions. Why do Chinese people do this?”

Just off the top of my head, and just last week, I had a white coworker come 30 minutes late into our team’s most important monthly meeting without telling anyone, and also had another white coworker come into work smelling strongly of weed. I, like most reasonable people, didn’t automatically assume that their ethnicity had something to do with those actions.

Why is it then that people regularly and consistently do this when it comes to non whites?

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  • Autodesk DouP01
    That’s their privilege of being the dominant race.
    Mar 142
    • Google hooli.xyz
      +1

      I am white and I admit I will never really understand the day-to-day struggles of minorities because people automatically treat me (6’3” man of German/Danish descent with blue-grey eyes) well without knowing anything else about me.
      Mar 14
    • Qualcomm FindingN
      There are good looking people in every race. White people have comparatively more. That's about it. Do you think anyone here will like a redneck ? Don't think so.
      Mar 14
  • Oracle droned
    I’ll help you.
    Why do white gals like pumpkin spice lattes? Why can’t white guys jump?
    Mar 143
    • Sirius XM PaHwlm56
      Why do white middle aged moms drive minivans and always ask to speak to retail managers?
      Why are white middle aged dads usually portrayed as clueless and lame in commercials?
      Why do 50-something white guys always drive Corvettes?
      Why are white people always racist?
      Mar 14
    • General Motors Jon.Snow
      White people can’t dance
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / EngKHCr70
      Why do women named 'Karen' always ask to speak to the manager?
      Mar 15
  • Wells Fargo qft
    I don’t think it’s true that people don’t do this for whites. The stereotypes though tend to be more regional rather than race related. From the quirks of accents in the south or California to things like level of politeness or manner of communicating in the north. To the stereotype of redneck in smaller communities. Plenty of generalizations for everyone I think. I’m sure for some it’s motivated by inherent racism but I the base notion noticing patterns of behavior or ascribing incorrect patterns to groups is a human being thing.
    Mar 142
    • Facebook / Eng
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      Regional stereotypes are simply not even remotely comparable to racial stereotypes. Racial stereotypes get conjured up the moment you look at someone, whereas this is not the case for regional ones.
      Mar 14
    • Wells Fargo qft
      They’re comparable insofar as they’re stereotypes. And ones that are applied to white people. There are plenty of examples of other insidious stereotypes that aren’t based on race, religion to name one. From my reading a summary of your argument is that it’s bad we don’t stereotype white people in a more hurtful and vile way. I don’t see why anyone should care as long as we all work towards taking the measure of individuals as they are without judging them on the basis of their ethnicity, race or another group affiliation. I feel that most people wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment.
      Mar 14
  • New
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    You’re suggesting that white people get a free pass from being labeled.

    And, since when was it ok to objectify someone’s skin color as a single flat color? What is “white” race anyway? All people “not-black” or anyone who you can identify as “your oppressor” is white?

    Those are two very screwed up stereotypes white people have to put up with right there. All the time too.
    Mar 142
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      I mean it’s true as a matter of fact. There’s not a whole bunch of stereotypes one thinks of the moment they see someone white
      Mar 14
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      That white people are somehow immune to stereotypes is perhaps one of the worst stereotypes of all.

      I invite you to search for the term “white genocide” and see if you don’t agree.
      Mar 14
  • New / EngTC++
    Not true. Blacks say things like "crackers are all nerds, they can't dance and play basketball"
    Mar 140
  • Qualcomm FindingN
    Not true. One of my friend cheated on his wife and they got a divorce. I was telling this to another common friend who happened to be white. He briefly paused and asked, 'Do you think white people marriages have more infidelity than any other race'. I said 'No, it happens in every race kinda politically correct explaination', even though at that moment I thought may be what hes saying is true. Stereotype. #NotProud.
    Mar 140
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    Listen to Linda Sarsour and you’ll hear all non-Muslims be stereotyped as “unjust”:

    “If you are still paying interest than Sharia Law hasn’t taken over.”

    The suggestion being that people who rebuke sharia law are unjust and somehow not lawful.
    Mar 140
  • Microsoft TrumpWins
    Ignorant thread. Listen to any podcast or YouTube channel deep in the black community and you’ll hear them bashing whites all day
    Mar 140
  • Google engg1
    Same reason for why black americans are called African American, while white Americans are not called European Americans.
    Also same reason as why eating sheep, cows, pigs, goats is fine while dogs, cats and horses is not.
    It's because dominant group defines the culture and set the terms for what is right/wrong.
    Mar 140
  • Facebook jdsvfwsh
    they just made minority races to hate each other.
    Mar 140
  • Indeed noonsense
    People who have not lived around the race in question tend to group them all together, unless they’ve learned to not do so. White people are subject to it as well if they go to someplace that doesn’t have many white people.
    Mar 140

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