Is it really racism if it is true

Hamster

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Suppose we have a statement like "All purple people are thieves" and have official stats to back it up (e.g. there is a 90% chance of a purple person stealing at least once in his life).

Is it racist?
 

MEIOT

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The statement ""All purple people are thieves" and stats showing only 90% of purple people are thieves does not reconcile well.

So the answer would be Yes - a statement like that would be construed as racist as it doesn't meet the objective of being true.
 

Hellhound105

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Majority of men cant live without their sports on TV - Not sexism if its true

Same with watered down topics like racism
 

CamiKaze

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What you are actually describing is that it is somewhat true that a specific race are kleptomaniacs, and therefore, you are classifying them as that.
We all classify to a certain extent, whether human or not. Human nature.
 
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Bobbin

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You have to learn to state things differently, and directly/honestly.

You can't say 90% of purple people steal, conclusively - because you cannot possibly know the validity of the stats presented to you. And you can't say all purple people are thieves because a study shows that 90% of them will steal in their lifetime.

All you can say with honesty is that study X, or according to stats X with source, that 90% of purple people steal.
You can then express your opinion that all purple people steal - if you wish - but you must then qualify your statement with "I think" or "In my opinion", hopefully with some justification or logic.

No one - not even a judge in court - can refute your statement then, they can only refute the detail from reference itself in which case you point them to its authors - they can go debate with them. No one can refute your opinion as something that exists or not, only challenge what it entails in a discussion.

But if you make a bold statement like "All purple people steal" from a reference or opinion you are just being dishonest with yourself and are easily open to attack.
 
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envo

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statistics is a funny thing. if you were in a society where purple people were in the majority. ie, several times over more than green people, then yes, statistics to "back up" the statement that purple people are thieves, will be in your favor.

however, if green people were in the majority and the roles reversed, you'll see statistics "proving" that green people are thieves.

statistics is a fickle thing and doesn't always tell the real story
 

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If you take action that makes the individual responsible for the collective, then that's racist.

If there's a 90% chance of a purple person stealing, then it's inaccurate to say that "all purple people are thieves". You should take the time to establish if you're dealing with someone in the 10%. You may be dealing with that purple person who has an even better grasp of ethics than most green people.
 
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