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Racism within your own Race.
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A while back when I was with my dad we were talking about racism and he brought up a point that there is, obvioulsy, racism where ever you go but it's closer to us than we think.
Racism exist even within our own race. I am a product of that kind of racism.
Being a light complexioned black girl with long hair, as a child I felt that I was superior to my peers because of that. In the black culture, it is said that, it is much better to be light complexioned, have long STRAIGHT hair, and have caucasian or asian facial features. Yet some black people don't like white people, in particular the police (for whatever reason). How can you want to be something you don't like??
My answer to that: BECUASE IT'S "CONSIDERED" BEAUTIFUL!

Why can't you just have short hair and dark skin and still be beautiful? Well maybe it's becuase all your life people have been telling you are ugly and you look like a monkey! If you are told something long enough you begin to believe it. That is why numerous young black girls have low self esteem becuase they think that they are never good enough for the rest of the world becuase of the way they look.

For example the "video hoes" in hip hop videos most of all of them have one thing in common HAIR WEAVES! If you are black and you have long hair, automatically your put into a catorgory all your own and who would'nt want to be noticed if it is just for one minute? Thats why some black woman spend hours in the hair salon adding fake hair to what they dont have already. Tyra Banks has said it herself, that her biggest issue is "letting her weave go and until then she has a lot to work on." But Thats just the tip of the iceberg! Wanting to be light complexioned and or wanting to have light eyes is another issue.
Why can't we be happy for who we really are and emphasize what we already have? Becuase of Racism within our own race.
My friend says it herself that a guy will automatically like me becuase I look the way I look. Then I think about the things that she does to herself and realize that it is becuase she is the exact opposite of me. Short, dark complexion, and short hair. And she has problems. She may act or think that nothing is worng with her but I know what her problem is. She has low self esteem becuase the way she looks (shes an attractive girl). I want to help her but I can't becuase in my race we do this kind of thing to ourselves. No one else is to blame!

Then again everyone wants to be something that they are not. So there is really NO TRUE answer why poeple want to be something else. It depends on the person and what they have been exposed to. But everything starts at home.

This may not all be true for ALL black people but, I just wanted to make it a point for all those who are ignorant out there. Please do not give me crap about this forum post. If you have nothing good to say don't say anything at all. Just read and move along if your one of those kinds of people. Online bullying is not cool.

What kind of racism do you have within your Race?
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I think youre fixating too much on beauty and attractiveness here, these things are relative at best. If i like long hair its probably societal, but its also subconscious, i dont make the decision to dislike short hair my comparison. But all thats neither here nor there, i think you should just go for what you want to look like and not worry about what other people think.

as to racism within my own race, id say that as a white person i dont think more or less whiteness is really that important :\ then again, i do think albinos are kinda creepy....
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^ Immaturity at it's worst. GTFO wolzen.

As for racism within a race....it's prevalent for me as well. I'm a mix, (of an Indian dad and Cuban mom) so it's a bit different for each culture.

In the Indian culture, the more fair you are, the more beautiful you are. I got light skin and one hazel and one blue eye from my mom's side (she's Hispanic, but she's fair).I inherited Indian features, however, therefore being considered beautiful from my dad's side. Men are more willing to marry a fair woman there. I have seen many beautiful, dark Indian women though, so I think it's unfair.

My mom's side is different. Fair coloring is valued as well among Cubans (blacks are typically looked down on), so I am considered beautiful among some Hispanics. However, especially among the younger crowd, I don't look "Hispanic enough". I get so much questioning and strange looks when I speak Spanish, because I don't look like the typical Hispanic girl.

Also, there's this reasoning that some countries in Latin America are better than others among Cubans. Basically, the older Cubans think (listen in consecutive order):

Argentinians and Venezuelans are stuck up

Cubans are hardworking, classy people so we're just right

Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are below Cubans

Colombians and Mexicans are trash

Peruvians are the worst of the worst

I know this isn't true, so this racism frustrates me.


Posted 3/9/08

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As for racism within a race....it's prevalent for me as well. I'm a mix, (of an Indian dad and Cuban mom) so it's a bit different for each culture.

In Indian culture, there's also prejudices and other cultural biases toward people in different castes. If your dad married a non-Indian then that's someone outside of the caste which I think puts him in the dalit ("untouchable") caste. So that probably subjects him to kind of racist treatment.
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In my race,

Man Utd fans are racist against Liverpool fans , likewise the other way round.

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nodysseus wrote:

Ias to racism within my own race, id say that as a white person i dont think more or less whiteness is really that important :\ then again, i do think albinos are kinda creepy....



I bet when you wrote that you didn't figure that there was an albino trolling these forums regularly


Anyway, my situation was similar to the OP's, I was born as an albino to a mainly black family in a black southern community, where white people were considered kinda the enemy, this bought on years and years worth of "Internal Racism", often my so called brothers and sisters would torment me with the usual racial slurs growing up, there was also intense bullying. Now that I look back on it, it might have been because of jealousy, as a child people often complimented my looks before they did any of the other black kids I was with

Growing up 1/4 Suak Indian, as well as having partially diluted white and hispanic blood, I ended up with so many features that it was hard to simply look and tell what type of albino I was, to some I was either white, Indian, asian or hispanic, basically I was a mutt
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I totally understand how you feel. I am half Korean and Half Samoan. Whenever I hang out with either one I always get the "so how does it feel to be half and only get invited to half of these events." Like what the hell Yeah but it can't be helped.
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I'm white, but I don't find white people to be attractive. I mistake other white girls for gute guys sometimes & then they get all pissy about it.
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nodysseus wrote:

Ias to racism within my own race, id say that as a white person i dont think more or less whiteness is really that important :\ then again, i do think albinos are kinda creepy....



I bet when you wrote that you didn't figure that there was an albino trolling these forums regularly


Anyway, my situation was similar to the OP's, I was born as an albino to a mainly black family in a black southern community, where white people were considered kinda the enemy, this bought on years and years worth of "Internal Racism", often my so called brothers and sisters would torment me with the usual racial slurs growing up, there was also intense bullying. Now that I look back on it, it might have been because of jealousy, as a child people often complimented my looks before they did any of the other black kids I was with

Growing up 1/4 Suak Indian, as well as having partially diluted white and hispanic blood, I ended up with so many features that it was hard to simply look and tell what type of albino I was, to some I was either white, Indian, asian or hispanic, basically I was a mutt


and this makes it not creepy how....?
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nodysseus wrote:


abel89 wrote:


nodysseus wrote:

Ias to racism within my own race, id say that as a white person i dont think more or less whiteness is really that important :\ then again, i do think albinos are kinda creepy....



I bet when you wrote that you didn't figure that there was an albino trolling these forums regularly


Anyway, my situation was similar to the OP's, I was born as an albino to a mainly black family in a black southern community, where white people were considered kinda the enemy, this bought on years and years worth of "Internal Racism", often my so called brothers and sisters would torment me with the usual racial slurs growing up, there was also intense bullying. Now that I look back on it, it might have been because of jealousy, as a child people often complimented my looks before they did any of the other black kids I was with

Growing up 1/4 Suak Indian, as well as having partially diluted white and hispanic blood, I ended up with so many features that it was hard to simply look and tell what type of albino I was, to some I was either white, Indian, asian or hispanic, basically I was a mutt


and this makes it not creepy how....?


We are normal people
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We are normal people


normal in other ways maybe
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In Indian culture, there's also prejudices and other cultural biases toward people in different castes. If your dad married a non-Indian then that's someone outside of the caste which I think puts him in the dalit ("untouchable") caste. So that probably subjects him to kind of racist treatment.


I guess you're correct. My dad comes from four generations of Vedic scholars, putting him in the Brahman caste, so he was basically first class. However, he hasn't been living in India for 20-something years, so technically, he can't really be judged by it. But if he did live there, I'm sure he would be.
Posted 3/10/08
Yeah I get you..
I'm mixed with a lot of things so when I was younger I didn't feel like I could relate
or belong to any particular group. Now that I'm older Im just like what ever mates,
I don't need to belong to a certain group.
I always have people asking me what ethnicity I am and it puzzles me on how
stupid and meaningless it all is I mean we are all people so color shouldn't still matter.
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nodysseus wrote:


abel89 wrote:

We are normal people


normal in other ways maybe


And what's that supposed to mean?
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And what's that supposed to mean?

what is this a mob movie? work it out.
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