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Old 02-02-2008, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Too far from the beach, NJ
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I dated a British guy when I was in school, and I have to say: he was a doormat!! Now his sister, being British as well, had a very strong personality. So, I'm thinking that it has nothing to do with where they came from.

Just my honest opinion, from my experience.
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Old 02-02-2008, 04:43 AM
 
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My response to this thread comes in two fold: one to the OP, one to everyone else.

OP: Any time you post in a public forum, you should take care to be "politically correct" if you can't stand the heat of easily offended people. Sweeping generalizations have never been true nor have they ever been well-received in intellectual circles. Now, there are still generalizations being made but those who make them come in two categories---1) they don't know what they're getting into or 2) They dont' give a hoot what others think.

Everyone else: It should be recognized that people from older generations tend to have a different outlook on life. Remember that our grandmothers and sometimes our mothers (depending on what era they lived through) have lived through times quite different from ours-----times that made sweeping generalizations about Jews, about Blacks, about Women, about Vietnamese...and it was accepted at the time. We should be a little more cognizant of these differences and not be so quick to jump down people's throats like a barbaric bunch of wolves. Even my own grandmother, sweet lady that she is and God rest her soul, once asked me, "Why Black people act the way they do? Its like they've gone to dig some coal every day and the way their kids act are like monkeys." Did she have mal intent? No. But being the little old lady that she was that just came to the United States, that was what she saw and she didn't see a reason not to put it the way she saw it.

Let's all get along now, shall we?
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:29 AM
 
Location: makin' bacon
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Good post SmerkyGrl
I think the OP was just posing a question and didn't mean to offend. I don't think it is really any different than an American wondering if people in France are rude, if those of us living in the Northeast are standoffish, if everyone in Utah is a Mormon, if every Texan owns a gun and so on...
I think that intelligent conversation is the first step to eliminating the sweeping generalizations.
My grandmother had a brother that was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor and until the day she died she referred to all Asians as those d*mn Japs. During her time people didn't have as many outlets such as this for discussing, and I think that as long as it is kept civil it is a good thing.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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My former dance partner was British and he always wanted the best for me. I am now back in CA and dancing with a different partner - for logistical reasons - and my British former partner STILL wishes me the best and wants me to dance well and win - even though I may run up against him and a new partner at some point in competition.
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