[ExI] words

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Thu May 21 20:00:16 UTC 2015

On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 10:07 AM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com
> wrote:

> On Wed, May 20, 2015 at 9:34 PM, Rafal Smigrodzki <
> rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, May 20, 2015 at 6:56 PM, William Flynn Wallace <
>> foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Spike - I am going to run this by you because I don't want to get into
>>> trouble.  Is this flaming?  I am a bit more than upset by such a primitive
>>> example of lack of social intelligence by Rafa.
>>> ---------------------------
>>> A term was used in a derogatory sense by one of our members in a recent
>>> post, 'leftoids',
>>> I think that this is just the worst sort of overgeneralization -
>>> stereotyping.  I think that this is not worthy of the intelligence of the
>>> members of this group as I have observed.
>> ### Would you mind explaining how using the term "leftoid" is
>> stereotyping? Also, what's wrong with stereotyping? Is it a stereotype if
>> it's true?
>> Rafał
> ​A stereotype by definition overgeneralizes, attributing characteristics
> to an entire group that only apply to some of the group.  Thus a stereotype
> cannot be true.
> All blacks who drive Mercedes are not drug dealers - some are CPAs - and
> people who point at them and assume they are crooks are stereotyping.
> Would I as a leftist ever say "All those on the right believe...."?  Never
> never never.

### So, again, how is using the term "leftoid" stereotyping?

The absolute qualifier is not a part of the meaning of stereotype, at least
among persons of sufficient social intelligence. And most stereotypes I am
aware of are true, even if simplified.

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