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Is this racism? OPINIONS PLEASE!

My friends and I had an argument today about something that may or may not be racism.

For example, if you were at a house party and you were trying to describe to your friend a guy or girl who had been chatting you up, and this person was the only guy or girl in the entire place who was black, is is bad to describe them as "the black guy/girl" or is it more polite to describe their clothing, height, etc etc? I personally think it would be inadvertently racist to purposely ignore the most obvious fact? Opinions please :)

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The issue is not with description. Racism is always about attitude. Racism is always about feelings. Was your attitude negative toward the person you described based on how you felt about the person's race? If you don't feel like a racist, chances are, you are not.
Racists always know who they are and racism is always about assumptions as well. Describing a person based on a quality the person possesses is not racism, nor is it discrimination unless the comment is hurtful.

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I personally don't think that it would be racist either way. You are just describing their appearance. When you describe someone you are more likely to include the facts that stood out to you the most. Leaving out the color of their skin is not inadvertently racist, but instead just shows that the person talking to them didn't really care what color their skin was.

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dross1958

Pointing out an obvious physical characteristic, including skin color is not racism. It is a statement of fact.

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LetMeAnswer

No it is not racism.... Why one would think otherwise beats me....

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I agree with you. Stating "the black guy..." is no different to me than if you said something like, "the blond girl...".

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