I can't find the source now, but I remember reading long ago about a study done on differences in urban black culture and urban white culture.
Apparently, whites passing strangers on the street avoid eye contact. In fact, initiating eye contact without good cause is considered rude. For blacks, failing to keep eye contact is considered rude. This presents an interesting dilemma. Whites feel uncomfortable (or even afraid) around blacks, and blacks feel they are being looked down upon by whites. Could this simple cultural difference account for much of the animosity between these two groups? Might actual incidents of racism be much less frequent than we imagine?
The purpose of this entry is not to determine who is right in this case, or to determine what should be considered rude (I have my own thoughts about that). The purpose of this entry is to begin a conversation and foster understanding. I hope it works.
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