>>While some people believe racial
and ethnic stereotypes are based on some
sort of unchangeable truth about how people really are, a lot of the stereotypes
we have today used to be the exact opposite. If there’s one thing
most people think of when it comes to Japan,
it’s efficiency and hard work. But in the early 1900s, most Westerners thought
of the Japanese as lazy.>>An American missionary
observed that “many Japanese
give an impression of being lazy and utterly indifferent
to the passage of time”.>>Really?
>>You know that the Japanese have a word for ‘working
themselves to death’, right?>>You guys, this is Japan.
This is them being lazy.>>The Japanese gave us
Playstation and Nintendo, two things to make us
lazy and indifferent to the passage of time. They flipped the script on us. That’s genius.>>“The British lion
and the Irish monkey.” Wow, this sounds like
a really racist Pixar movie.>>I personally think
that it’s really weird when white people are racist
to other white people.>>Man, why do black people
gotta get the hand-me-down stereotypes? We can’t get nothing original?
This is some bull$#!+, man.>>Was there some kind of racist
meeting where they were like, “Alright, what are we gonna call
these people we don’t like?” “Uh, monkeys!” “Okay great, what are we gonna call
THESE people we don’t like?” “Ah, monkeys!”>>Listen, racists,
okay you gotta get more creative.>>So why were the Irish
ever called apes? Because the insult has nothing to do with how someone looks
and has everything to do with dehumanizing them.
>>Here are some quotes:>>“It is long before a German can be brought to comprehend
the bearings of what is new. No wonder that they are not
distinguished by enterprise or activity.”>>“Not distinguished by enterprise
or activity” means they don’t know $#!+ and they don’t do $#!+.
They ain’t nothing.>>“Some will laugh all sorrows away, others will always indulge
in melancholy.”>>So this guy just called the Germans
a bunch of drama queens.>>So lemme get this straight: we used
to think they were dumb and emotional, and now we think Germans
are cold and logical. Both groupings kinda bull$#!+.>>Today people complain
that Mexicans are “taking our jobs”, but up until fairly recently,
Mexicans were thought of as lazy—>>—which is why you can buy
this little sleeping Mexican on Amazon! Look at this little snoozy buddy!>>These are two different products
ordered from two different places. It looks like they have
the same Mexican.>>You decide which stereotype
you want to go with: he’s tired because
he’s lazy or he’s tired because he stole all of your jobs.>>You have to build a wall
to keep him out of your dish? I don’t know.
>>Which is it, racists? Are they lazy, or are they taking
all of our jobs? I just have to know
and it can’t be both.>>While today many generalize Asian men as emasculated and almost nonsexual (we even did an episode about it), during the 1930s, Filipino men
were seen as dangerously hypersexual.>>To quote some newspapers
from the 1920s—>>—“The Filipinos
are hot little rabbits and many of these white women
like them for this reason.” That sounds great! Hot little rabbits? Hell yeah!>>“The love-making
of the Filipinos is primitive, even heathenish, more elaborate.”>>Is it just me or does this sound
like someone’s Tinder profile? “My love-making is primitive,
heathenish, elaborate.”>>So what we learned
is that stereotypes are bull$#!+. It’s not fair to say
all Asian people are hypersexual, even though I personally #*¢% like a hot little rabbit.>>So if you didn’t get it,
stereotypes are basically bull$#!+. Thanks so much for watching. We’ll see you next time,
right here on Decoded.