One thing that makes the United States unique is that it was a country forged by people from all over the world—and definitely not just England, either. Native Americans proved that this land was inhabitable and, for the most part, even fruitful. African slaves built and harvested the plantations responsible for so much wealth. Immigrants from Germany, Italy, Ireland, and Eastern Europe made big cities flourish. Today, Latin American immigrants are everywhere from farms to top research universities.
The U.S. is one big melting pot and who doesn’t love fondue?
Well, when you have hundreds of different races, ethnicities, and nationalities all rubbing shoulders, someone’s bound to get annoyed or even mean. That’s how racist stereotypes get started. Sometimes they come from a place of ignorance, other times they come out of something much darker. Either way, America has its fair share of racist stereotypes. That includes stereotypes involving cars. They may seem innocent, but, at best, they’re not nice and, at worst, they perpetuate ideas and practices that contribute to oppression. Maybe that’s a little heavier than you were thinking you’d read on a car blog, but it can’t be all fun and gear all the time.
Here are five car stereotypes that are actually racist and should therefore be avoided:
1. Asians are horrible drivers.
It’s a double whammy if the driver is an Asian woman and triple tick if she’s driving a Honda.
2. Old Chevy Camaros are only for rednecks.
Don’t forget that Confederate flag bumper sticker and the extra loud country music. ‘Merica!
3. Latinos drive white Toyota pickups.
There’s probably construction or lawn gear piled high in the back and Reggaetón blaring from the radio. Alternative: Latinos drive white vans.
4. The Prius is for yuppies.
And by ‘yuppie,’ of course the jab is directed at rich, white 20- and 30-somethings. So naturally there are yoga mats and Whole Food groceries in the back.
5. Black people love big cars with rims.
Say a Crown Vic or Lincoln Town Car. It’s jacked up for an extra high ride, too.