What bit is hot air? My interaction with other human beings that have formed the basis for my thoughts? Do you need my passport? Should I do a Captcha? And as far as theory goes, well… yes? It’s all theoretical, as is everything you’re saying, regardless of whether you throw a ‘I have a friend who…’ at the start of the sentence.
I feel like this is splitting hairs. As far as I’m concerned, racism is a form of prejudice. I wouldn’t silo it away from other forms of discrimination, and I don’t think there’s any reason to do so here. You said you think it’s easy (in a minute or less! Tell your friends!) to tell whether someone is racist, and make an ethical commercial decision. My concern, which you don’t approve of, or you think I don’t really believe somehow, is that you don’t appear to consider that you might get things wrong, and that one could adopt that attitude and never find out if they were wrong, thus caution might be advisable when making sure determinations
Also, a quick side-note thank you for explaining racism to me, and doing so in a context that I could understand, with Chinese examples.
I’m not asking you to read minds. And while concentrating entirely on the words coming out of people’s mouths and nothing else sounds very forthwright and sensible, it’s also rubbish. You parse the words, then interpret them. If you’re reading on the internet, you’re probably also getting a filter on top of your own filter. Unless you do literally live in a world where all the people you determine are racists say “Hello! I am a big ol’ racist.”, or use one of the examples you provided to me earlier (though, unless you’re Chinese, you might not get them, I dunno), then the content of dialogue or text is one thing to consider.
And yes, those words and actions, of course, might be enough to get you over the line to your decision, but they also might not be. You might, if you’re at all interested in getting as close to the truth as one ever can in these things, want to utilise some of those skills you claim you don’t use (but do) - subtext, context, inference, background, motivation, did you have a nice breakfast that morning.
Because that’s the value of the additional effort, and what I think we sort of lose sight of sometimes. I’m going to employ a theory here, so apologies for that, but racism, prejudice, sterotyping, etc is usually a kind of lazy thinking - the quickest path to an easy determination for people who want quick solutions to complex problems. I get the appeal, but I think adopting what feels like the same approach on the other side; what I lose out of that is more than I’m willing to concede.
After all, even in this conversation, I feel compelled to consider that I might be wrong, that I might be misjudging you, or that I’m being unfair (hint: probably). You’ll just have to trust me (or not), that I’m thinking about it. However, I feel were I to adopt your proposed approach, I would then be free to forget all that, decide that you have not passed the test, immediately block you from any further interaction with me and then wait for the validation to hit me. But where would that leave us in the grand scheme of things? Not somewhere I particularly want to be.
Anyway, I’m sorry, I’m probably boring everyone to tears with this, and I’ve said my piece, so I think I’ll leave it at that for now.