It’s not the same though. It depends where someone is raised, what value systems inform them, if they’re worldly or provincial, etc. For example, an Asian raised in the USA that goes to US public schools has no excuse for racism just as a white person that goes to US public schools has no excuse because the surrounding culture informs them.

It’s not the same though. It depends where someone is raised, what value systems inform them, if they’re worldly or provincial, etc.

For example, an Asian raised in the USA that goes to US public schools has no excuse for racism just as a white person that goes to US public schools has no excuse because the surrounding culture informs them.

City next to where I grew up had a lot of ethnic gangs. Just how it was. I got along with most people but it’s not hard to find yourself in a situation when you’re a goofy white suburban kid.

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oh shit I had that thrown at me by some puerto rican teenagers when I was a kid. Almost pissed myself. [one did a knife flash to scare me. It worked. Stayed off THAT street after that]

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I don’t remember any black gangs – they were independents just like me and great to hang around. [which is why I never understood racism against blacks]. But I remember the various hispanic gangs… and Italian.. and Portuguese… so yeah. It was multicultural but most folks are good folks.

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It’s how it’s used. Just as I don’t represent all Americans, maybe you don’t represent all Mexicans. Tone of voice does amazing changes to meaning.

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Hey, is racist a slur word or innocent description?
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  I don’t like that US folks call ourselves “Americans” either – and a pushback is right.I also believe you that in Mexico and Latin America, gringo is neutral.But I _also_ know one of its other uses by Mexican teenagers to a suburban white boy in New Jersey USA. They probably saw the same crappy movies I did which had gringo as a Mexican-American slur and used it too, and I knew it.
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  Where it’s said, who it’s said to ad why it’s said makes a difference, that’s all I’m saying.
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I was in the wrong neighborhood so I learned.
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  That city (Elizabeth NJ USA) was split up into ethnic-American streets. I was from a nearby suburb. There was a lot of territorial stuff at the time. Gangs were a thing (1980s).Just how it was then. I’m sure things have improved and I’m working off of old, personal faulty experience data not reflected by any Mexican American uses of the word gringo whatsoever.
 Teens like to scare kids worldwide. I’m sure that was most of it tbh.
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 Mexican-American teenagers in 1980s in a gang situation *might* be different than your upbringing. There was mixing of cultures too and Puerto Rican American gangs in the 80s were king at the time.
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  I don’t think there’s any gangs to speak of any more in the US that are worth talking about.But in the 1980s, there was a LOT.
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  Part of what I hate about Donald Trump’s rhetoric is that it’s straight out of the 1980s. It’s all BS.
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  I’ll concede to on gringo. While in 1980s New Jersey USA, gringo was most definitely a slur used against (me as a kid) by Mexican-American teenagers in a gang, since there’s no real Mexican American gangs to speak of in the USA anymore in 2018 as there was then, gringo is *probably* no longer a slur and is exclusively an innocent term now.I’m not a kid anymore and don’t live there and my evidence is from a different era.

Gringo is sanitized now and I’ll leave my mini hill.

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  I knew it was innocent from my Spanish high school teacher but even she knew of its American usage. She had an experience from when SHE used “negra” in US high school, just off the plane. In Spain it was “beautiful black woman”. But she quickly learned it’s not innocent in USA.
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