Upsetting
Thursday, November 14, 2002
 
Erica called me a racist because I said the liquor store owner was nice for a Middle Eastern guy.

“You know what I mean,” I said. “I love everyone, it’s just that most Middle Eastern liquor store owners I’ve met have kinda been dicks. They’re combative.”

It’s a generalization, she said. Generalizations of any type are odious.

“It’s different than saying, ‘There aren’t many good, fat basketball players’?” I asked her.

Yes, Erica said. A person’s weight would be a condition that impacts their basketball ability.

“Then maybe owning liquor store would be a condition that causes Middle Eastern guys to be dicks?”

Nice try, she said.

“Or being a Middle Eastern man makes you a dick?” I joked.

You’re proving my point.

“I’m joking, but aren’t certain people predisposed to certain characteristics?”

They are, but it is the evolved person who realizes that predispositions and preconceptions are limiting and incomplete. Generalizations are based on samples – they’re not absolutely true, she said.
They feature exceptions, and by definition they don’t hold water.
 
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