'Subliminal racism' - am I guilty?

kev By kev, 1st May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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An asian guy accuses me of being 'subliminaly racist'. Why and was he right?
(Names have been changed to protect the innocent).

What happened.

While browsing a local social events magazine at my gym recently, I found photos of a Diwali event. Being in a curious an sociable mood, pointing to the photos, I asked Sandeep if he knew anyone in them. 'You're being subliminally racist' he said. 'But you are of the Diwali race?' I said. 'Yes'. 'Well if I've offended you I apologise'. 'I'm not offended' he said. But I was.
I continued browsing. On the next page were photos of a Sportmens' Charity Dinner. 'Andy'. I said to the gym instructor. 'You're European aren't you?' 'Yes'. 'Do you know anyone in these photos?' 'No'. I returned to my seat.

Was I being racist?

Was Sandeep right? I think not but my wife saw Sandeep's 'point' whatever that may have been. What do you think?


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I'll try not to make my writing too cathartic but it does you good to get things off your chest. I was lucky enough to retire early. I like preservation railways & books.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd May 2011 (#)

Its almost like when I say I am from Michigan and people say "Oh I have a cousin in Chicago.. do you know them"?

I think racism is more if you apply a negative, or positive tone in association with the race.

i dunno

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
3rd May 2011 (#)

It's a very delicate subject to judge!

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author avatar Sanford
5th May 2011 (#)

A litttle odd question for an adult to ask. Curious questions kids tend to ask.

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author avatar Miranda Dean
27th May 2011 (#)

Well, the term "Diwali race" is not necessarily racist, but definitely ignorant. Diwali is a Hindu celebration. Hinduism is a religion, not a race. It's not limited to any country or continent, so even though your friend is Asian (and, I'm guessing, Indian specifically), that doesn't mean he's a Hindu. Also, it just seems sort of weird that you'd assume anyone would know someone just because they come from the same continent. So while you're probably not racist, you do need to brush up a little on your foreign knowledge.

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