If my attacks were baseless you might have a point. If one person is calling you an asshole it's probably a baseless personal attack. When one out of ten people you meet are calling you an asshole, you might be an asshole.
Probably. What I resent, however, is ad hominem attacks in a debate.
Very well, and would you care to explain to me how the "more commonly used slang" has nothing to do with race?
Its difficult to define a lot of slang down to a specific definition as its use changes depending on the situation and the person using it. "ghetto" as a slang word, in the context used in that other conversation, probably means low quality, poor (not saying both are mutually inclusive, as not everybody/thing poor is of low quality). Things and places can be called "ghetto" too ("man that pizza joint is ghetto"). One doesnt have to be a minority to be referred to as ghetto, any low class sleazebucket will do (whether they be white, black, vietnamese, or whatever). Again it depends on the person using it and what its referring to, its slang so its not a static term.
What you fail to see is the fact that stereotypes are made by the observer, not the observed. The generalized first impression that is made of someone based on their membership to a race, class, religion, social faction, gender, whatever comes from the person who is having he first impression. There are as many stereotypes as there are people who have them, it is a device used by our nervous system so that we don't expend the energy to evaluate every individual we come across.
That is not something I have failed to observe, of course stereotypes are made by the observer. That is the very nature of a stereotype, or any other quality for that matter. One can ever stereotype themselves by viewing themselves in the third person perspective. For example, someone pointed me to http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/
and I thought to myself "wow that site really nailed me!" The very nature of a "quality" or "characteristic" is a construct invented by the human mind. Because it is a device used by the mind to qualify behavior in others, it is also used to adapt to the people around oneself over time. The mind's plasticity develops a person's characteristics based on their observations of other people's characteristics that person is surrounded by during their lifespan. Its why we have different cultures and subcultures, and why differences are almost always regional based.
Stereotypes exist for a reason. That reason is that over (at minimum) 50% of the people it targets falls under these stereotypes in one way or another. Its a rare case that a stereotype just popped up out of thin air with no overall cultural pattern to back it up.
You are exposing an inherently racist point of view. You've taken the stereotype, which exists in the head of the observer, and placed it as a reality upon the observed.
I'm not going to argue again how that statement wasn't referring to race at all, but I'll go where you want to go and argue that point.
If you define a "racist" as someone who, through their own observation, categorizes a broad set of shared similarities between race-based groups of people, then yes I am a racist. I think its dishonest to think otherwise. People of the same race have grown up with other members of the same race for generations, therefore they adopt shared characteristics with other members of that culture. I guess its more accurate to say I'm a "culturalist", because there can be distinctly different cultures to the same general "race" of people. For instance, all of the Nigerian americans I have met share absolutely zero characteristics in common with black people "native" to the U.S. (not native but you know, come from a long line of multiple generations living here). However, there are certain characteristics that are shared by the Nigerian americans themselves. Its the same with ANY group of people that grow up or spend significant amounts of time with other members of that particular group. Sometimes that includes race, sometimes it doesnt. Of course individuals stand out as unique but we're talking about broad characteristics of multiple people here, so overall patterns one observes with continued exposure to different members of that group. Everybody's mind works like that, I think if you say your mind doesnt form broad categories of characteristics to particular groups of people one encounters I'd call you a liar.
The very ACKNOWLEDGMENT that there are different races for one to be racist towards is racist in and of itself. If you acknowledge that black people have black skin, you are being racist. You are forming a stereotype characteristic shared by a broad group of individuals.