Originally posted by no1marauder
A person extrapolating his limited experiences with groups of people to
a guiding principle in his dealings with all members of that group is a "stereotypical belief".
I didn't say you did, but this is Debates and a thread you started so you should answer the question.
By definition, everyone has 'limited (meaning not infinite) experiences' with
members of various groups. At which point, however, can one make
generalizations (not universal claims with certainty) about these groups?
I note that 'scientific' political surveys in the USA have arrived at general
conclusions about all Americans even though they have questioned only an
extremely small proportion of Americans. At an informal 'unscientific' level,
people tend to make generalizations based upon even smaller sample sizes.
According to Steve Levine, Khalil Amine has had years of experience in working
with people of fairly diverse backgrounds, including white Americans,
Europeans, and Asians of various nationalities. After such experiences,
Khalil Amine has concluded that, in general, Chinese (from China) were his
hardest-working and most productive employees. I am not in a position to
doubt his professional judgment. Perhaps you (No1Marauder) would say
that it's premature and unfair to make such a generalization when Khalil
Amine should require a much larger sample size of diverse employees.
Not knowing all the facts, I cannot form a definite opinion about it.
Has Khalil Amine been influenced by traditional American 'stereotypical beliefs'?
Having grown up in Morocco, he seems to be less influenced by American racism.
A traditional American 'stereotypical belief' was that Chinese are 'racially
inferior' in intelligence to white Americans. (This belief was used in part to
justify racist American laws against the Chinese.) Even today, many right-wing
white Americans like to believe that Chinese scientists and engineers must
be incapable of doing any significant original work, and so the only way that
China supposedly can advance in technology is by copying (or 'stealing' )
the work done by the 'superior' white American scientists and engineers.
If Khalil Amine held the traditional 'stereotypical beliefs' common in the USA,
then he would prefer to hire (heavily Jewish) white Americans, not Chinese.
So it seems to me that Khalil Amine's preference for hiring Chinese is based on
his experience rather than on having absorbed a stereotype from American culture.
That said, I think that every qualified applicant should deserve at least a fair
hearing in a job interview with Khalil Amine. (I don't know how Khalil Amine
conducts his job interviews.) A white American deserves to have a chance
to convince Khalil Amine that he or she could work as hard as the Chinese
whom he now usually hires. A woman deserves a chance to convince him
that she's so dedicated to her career that she plans never to be distracted
by having children. If Khalil Amine's refusing to interview some qualified
applicants just because they don't fit his desired profile, he would be wrong.
Given that I am far from being the kind of employee (a Chinese man from China)
that he now favors, if I were qualified (Ph.D. in the field) to work for him,
I expect that I would face considerable resistance in a job interview with
Khalil Amine. I suspect that I would encounter some adverse discrimination.
Nonetheless, I don't know if I would necessarily take it personally because
it seems to me that Khalil Amine's obsessed with attempting to find the
best people to work for him (not necessarily for someone else) and producing
significant results. If Khalil Amine has been guilty of unlawful discrimination,
then why hasn't his boss done something to stop it and to discipline him?