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Old 13.07.2006, 10:22
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Re: Are the swiss racist?

I'd just like to point out that, in this widely cosmopolitan land, they're actually quite xenophobic in certain areas and certain media elements fuel the "dislike" of foreigners from certain demographic areas (Serbs etc. "racing" on the highway is an often-reported offence, for instance).

So if you're obviously "not Swiss-looking", certain people might not behave in what we consider normal and acceptible. Obviously skin colour and outward indicators of ethnicity means that some members of society may behave in certain ways towards you.

As Gav pointed out, statistically in the US, the black population are more likely to: live in run-down areas, become involved in crime, receive a substandard education, be murdered. That too needs addressing - but of course, the "200 years since slavery, white man owes us" attitude means that many people expect their salvation to be delivered on a silver platter with no effort from their side. Errrrrm....

And of course you have to summarise - not all Swissies are racist, not all black people are muggers, rapist, thieves - not all Italians are in the mob - and most importantly (for me) .... not all fierce-looking dogs will attack and maul you