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Just a curious question not really meant to cause chaos. I have been racially stereotyped when I was in 6th grade. A white kid asked me why I talk like a white person. I got kinda pissed but since we were in PE, I couldn't really focus on talking to him.

I also remember one time I was thought to be Asian, though it makes me laugh when I think about it now.

Girl: Are you Asian?
Me: No.
Girl: Are you sure you don't have a long lost Asian father you don't know about?
Me: I'm pretty sure.
Girl: Isn't she like my twin?
Her Friends: No.
Me: ......

This makes me laugh somewhat to this day.

Has things like this happen to you?

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I had dreadlocks at one point, and even though I'm Filipino, people thought I was Jamaican and smoked weed. That's as racially stereotypical as I can remember
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Yep im automatically asain and some how Ching chang became part of the language...
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Posted 12/11/12
All. The. Time.

If I had a nickle for every time somebody asked me "Why do black people..." or "But you don't (blank) like a black person". Then i'd be able to buy a small country. Not all black people are 100% alike, not all white people are 100% alike, not all people are 100% alike. Chris Rock, Dave Chapell, and Eddie Murphy are comedians and their (hilarious) stand ups are not a layman's guide to black people.
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Yeah every now and again. It's surprising how many people are racist against white people. We are probably the most socially censored race there is, despite being a highly global minority on the planet.
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If this counts, I've always had a few people of European descent and sometimes people of Asian descent walk really fast past me or turn away when they see me in an aisle in the grocery store. That happens a lot here in my area in Decatur. They look as if I or my family is going to bring them harm or something lol. It used to irk me since I always question why come into a store if you're scared of the people who just shop there, but now I laugh and go on with my business.
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Posted 12/11/12

netdisorder wrote:

Yeah every now and again. It's surprising how many people are racist against white people. We are probably the most socially censored race there is, despite being a highly global minority on the planet.


This.

I find ironic. and racist, that a very common assumption among even among some 'whites' themselves is that only 'white' people can be racist.
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one particular occasion of being stereotyped that I remember was when my co-workers were have a discussion about things frankly above our paygrade I remember shrugging and saying "that's all in the mind of the bosses, sitting here on the night shift do I look like the boss?"

and one co-worker muttered something about me being white. (which is ironic again because I'm not. I'm more 'gray' or mauve or something)
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Posted 12/11/12
Maybe, in a strange way: People think I'm white... but my mom is a Native and my dad was an insane mix of more countries than I can bother to remember, I know China is in there and Iceland, Germany, Czech Republic....

When I tell people, they often go "Oh, yeah! I can see it in your eyes, now when you say it."
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Lol so I'm Viet/Cambodian and I could be talking about something as random like going to Taco Bell. And some folks would strangely segue-way into talking about a "ching chong" driver. That had nothing to do with me going to Taco Bell.
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hellllll yes lol i go 2 a public school in city so its mostly every race but barely any Caucasians, in which i have white skin (im black,white,italian,and puerto rican) but because i have white skin its automatically "Whatup cracker?" or "yo you lost the country side is that way"
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Posted 12/11/12
Yup, I've been down that road quite a few times as a white person.
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Being asian, being good at anything is instantly due to me being a ninja. Which is true, but still.
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I guess this could be considered backwards racism. This is my story:

Picture the Holidays, three years ago. JetBlue was having major renovations at this departing airport. Everyone was packed in this place like a can of sardines. It smelled, etc etc. To make things worse, there were storms and a lot of cancellations. I was already there for three hours, but there was nothing I could do, so why get agitated? I will leave when I can.

I went in line to find out what my possible next flight could be. I found myself behind a young black male who started to raise his voice at the tan skinned JetBlue representative. "Why does she get to go on this flight?! Is it because she is white!?" Really now? She was a mother of an infant standing next to the terminal ready to board. The representive said as calmly as he could, "Sir, her flight was before your flight. If you-"

"THAT IS UTTER BULLSHIT get me on that flight Habib!" After hearing that I went from a nice calm 0 to 10 in 0.00000001 sec.

I opened my mouth now, "First of all, get your stereotypes right. He is Hispanic or Latin American. Second, if you want anyone to take care of you properly, stop and treat people like they are human. His day hasn't been any better than yours." [BTW I found out later, he was Puerto Rican].

He spun around, "What would a white chick like you get? Your great-grandparents enslaved-" I shut him up, "Wrong card to play. My great grandparents came over in a boat from Ireland escaping a famine, the other side were on reservations. Not every white person owned slaves, and not every Arabic person is a terrorist. If you want equality, stop playing the racial card. Granted we still have racial issues, but the last time I checked, we had a black president." There was a black woman behind me who added, "Now sit your black ass down." I admit, I did laugh at that. The woman behind me and I found out we were going to the same destination, enjoyed each other company for the 11 hours we were stuck there.

I apologize if any of this offends you. I am just stating what had occurred. Maybe it was not my place, but I can not stand there and let this random hatred bombard a man who is just doing his job.

Granted everyone is a little racist (like I for one like Chinese food to be from people who are actually Chinese, Italian food from Italians not Mexicans). In the end, just treat everyone as a human being.

Have safe travels.
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Posted 12/11/12
My girlfriend in high school didn't think I was qualified to tutor her in calculus because I'm white (she was Korean). Really a strange case of racism.
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32 / M / Portland, OR
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Posted 12/11/12
People seem to think I am native american and get mistaken for that even by native americans. I have no native ancestery mostly Polish, with a little Irish and Danish, and very little Mongolian dating back to when Gengis Kahn pushed into Europe.
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