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Coming second in the human race
Horrified to discover that on a newsgroup full of apparently-intelligent people, it's apparently deemed quite okay for people to casually say "All Americans are thick" and "the French are all arrogant" -- and not even in the context of a joke, but apparently just stating facts. And it can't be xenophobic, because everybody says it! It's a national tradition!

Next up: "It's racist to call a black person a racist". Argh.

I didn't expect to have to have these debates with adults. Am I just hopelessly naïve?
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oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: July 2nd, 2004 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
In partic, IRL Huge rather likes America and (many) Americans. iirc.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 2nd, 2004 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
So? Huge was being rude about the French. "Oh, yeah, I think the Germans are all bastards, but that's okay, because I like the Welsh."
oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: July 2nd, 2004 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, was he? I wasn't paying much attention.
beingjdc From: beingjdc Date: July 1st, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah but come on, it's fair comment about the French. I mean, take me for instance. And don't say I'm wrong, because I'm not, I'm GREAT.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 1st, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I mean, take me

What, again?
beingjdc From: beingjdc Date: July 2nd, 2004 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
You wish.
k425 From: k425 Date: July 1st, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps they casually say things like that because they know it'll wind people up. It's uk.misc.

Well, most of them do it for that reason, anyway. Alex, however, often doesn't think and then he gets pulled up for it by some.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 1st, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, except that when Alex gets "pulled up" for anything by anyone other than Juggs, they get accused of vicious bullying and deliberately attacking the disabled.
k425 From: k425 Date: July 2nd, 2004 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
That's as may be, but it doesn't necessarily stop me.
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