Originally Posted by Theoretica
OP are you referring to the webkinz thread? I'm just wondering because it sounds like the game on there with Pancho and the pinatas?
Anyways, I guess for our MCF we just point it out and let it go. My kids are biracial and we just notice that stuff and say well, that must be a happy pinata loving puppy. Not that it means anything per se.
I guess to me there's a difference between generalization and stereotype. To me, a stereotype means that people are using a generalization to paint a negative picture. A generalization is more of just a commonality. Now...if the pinata loving puppy was depicted as LAZY or IGNORANT....now THAT would tick me the heck off. Same for Asian themed stuff. If it's just a generalization that's fine, but a prejudicial stereotype...that's offensive.
Just my two cents...
The webkinz game was only one of the recent games that I've noticed. There have been a few others that use the same stereotypes. And they are stereotypes. The thing that pushed that one into the truly offensive zone was the accent. What if it was a little Asian guy, running around trying to spear eggrolls with his chopsticks, with an exaggerated stereotypical Asian accent? Or a Black character chasing fried chicken and chitlins, talking in dialect?
I know this particular game seems harmless and I know my observation on that thread pissed off some people because it disrupted their fluff, but you really don't know how much your child has absorbed, often until it comes out at the wrong time, around the wrong people.
We seem to have a much higher tolerance level of ignorance and bigotry when it is related to Mexicans. I think that comes from the level of accepted, blatant bigotry toward Mexicans and other Latinos here in the US--some of which has seeped into state and local laws.
Being truly anti-racist means being aware of bigotry wherever it appears and saying something about it, even if it's inconvenient or seemingly harmless. Sometimes the measure of harm comes too late.
Originally Posted by wednesday2004
I'll speak up if it appears to me that the person doesn't realize they're stereotyping (it happens, usually people who've had a sheltered life). People who I think should know better though I ignore and then avoid. I'm not going to waste my time trying to educate them on something they're not interested in. They're not being ignorant they're just being hateful. Some people seem to need a group of people to badmouth and look down on in order for themselves to appear better. Somewhere inside I'm pretty sure they already know what they say is not true but they don't care. Their blathering on seems to be their attempt to convince themselves 'those' people are really that bad. I've found it's a waste of my energy to even start with them.
I would agree with you unless others were around to hear it as well. Especially children.