So I’m probably going to get a bunch of negative responses to this post but I just wanted to open my big mouth and throw out my opinion after hearing about the Donnely Night Club incident.
My response? Yes, I can see how if this happened to my friends/ anyone I know, I would be just as outraged. Racism! Ethnic profiling! However, as it seems to always be the case, I can also see the other side.
People. Can we blame the night club industry for wanting to watch their backs? It’s bad for business. A guy with a sleeve full of tattoos is standing by the bar, a group of twenty year old south asian men stand behind you in line at Venue… in either of these situations, people (some of them at least) begin to feel uneasy. Why? Because we’ve all heard it in the news and we’ve seen it in the media. Yes these are “stereotypes” and “generalizations”; however is it realistic to expect that we’re going to give everyone in his world enough time to truly get to know the inividual well enough before we create an opinion? It’s sad but true- we judge on first impressions.
If you choose to get a tattoo sleeve, if you’re a teenaged asian girl and
you choose to dye your hair blonde (been there, done that)- you have to understand that you are willingly being typecast. You might not be a jackass or a dumb superficial bimbo but you’re going to have to work a little harder to prove he stereotype wrong.
It’s unfortunate when we start to talk about ethnic stereotypes because you can’t really choose your ethnicity. Nevertheless, in this case, the plentiful amount of south asian indviduals who cry out “Racist! Ethnic Profiling!” need to take a step back and re-evaluate: What are you doing to stop the stereotype? Are you lobbying for changes in your neighbourhood to allow for affordable, healthier alternatives for young boys? (Ex. playing sports instead of hanging around pizza storefronts meeting “the wrong crowd”.) Are you living up to the stereotype?
Before you freak out, don’t think that I’m not subjected to stereotypes myself. As a member of a sorority, there are certainly sitations where I do not want to admit my membership for fear that the peson I’m talking to will see only this when they think of me:
Remember a time when being Greek meant pledging yourself to lifelong values of leadership, loyalty, friendship, service, and learning? Being Greek doesn’t and shouldn’t mean needing alcohol to socialize. It means holding yourself to a higher standard.
Stereotypes are everywhere. It’s all about what you do to overcome it. How about we all stop playing the victim and start by being the better person and working to change these stereotypes.