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20 / M / Los Angeles
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Posted 4/17/13
Who has not? I've often been mistaken for Korean, which has its benefits. There's no blatant racism or prejudice, more so for jocular effect, but close friends have called me "Vietcong","Oriental", and "Calculator"; of which my responses have always been along the lines of "Go fornicate with yourself". I do not see why the first thing people notice is skin, I often recognize a person's merit and vocal communications beforehand.
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20 / F / ireland
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Nope, one of the perks of being white.

But I did get some woman ask me if I was a Russian at a camp once. Pretty odd and I can't even think why she thought that.
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15 / M / Beech Island, SC
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not really, i have a lot of black tendencies becuz most of my freinds are black so im often called a wigger (mostly by those same black friends) so i dont feel that as insulting. but at the same time, i get a lot of other weird looks for some of the things i do because i sorta have a split personality and different parts show up around different people, sometimes im black, sometimes im the whitest kid you kno, and sometimes im that extremely smart asian kid (im really smart and I randomly speak Japanese, start singing Psy, fairly accurately i might add, and sometimes i bring chopsticks to school (when i do this its usually accompanied by "Itadakimasu!") ) Its really weird for me tho because i live in a rural part of the South (Beech Island, South Carolina to be exact)...but i dont have an accent despite livin here my whole life/
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Posted 4/17/13
Growing up in a 99% white community did cause a considerable amount of racism-related trouble in my younger days. I was stereotyped a lot too, of course.

However, it's fine now. ^^
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30 / M / "Spaaaaace!"
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I would like to be... I don't know what I am.
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20 / M / Outer Space
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well of course. lol when i went into a gas station to buy an arizona tea, the store owner was literally following me and telling me not to steal. i was like wtf
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Posted 4/17/13

GaIaxy wrote:

well of course. lol when i went into a gas station to buy an arizona tea, the store owner was literally following me and telling me not to steal. i was like wtf


That's messed up bro.

Reminds me of the f'd up people like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLk4gy3NlYA

What I'm talking about is from 3:42 to 4:43.
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27 / M / San Diego
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Posted 4/17/13
at work people thought i was Hawaiian for some reason, I took that as a complement of course
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25 / M / Norway
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I don't mind when people think I am Russian by look. I like Russian underground trance and Rachmaninoff so it suits me ya. I am only Norwegian though. No matter how much they turn and twist it.
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22 / M / USA
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I get stereotyped as a white male. People think that I somehow understand American/European males just because I am one. Sometimes girls will ask me "My boyfriend did/said blah blah, why would he do that?" Beats me, maybe he likes being a shallow human who relies entirely on their emotions, just like you. You think I somehow understand him? You think that I'll empathize with you? You're both morons in my book.
There's also guys that think I'm a pervert or love sports because I'm a guy. Oh, the awkward silence after they make explicit comments and then my weak "...not really" reply; or when they try to talk about sports and I state matter-of-factly, "Hulk Hogan will beat the Red Socks."... gotta love it!
Actually, to be more direct, people wrongly stereotype me as a normal person. I have yet to find anyone, aside from my brother, that think/act similar to me in any way. The chances of someone being able to properly relate to me is the chance of people using the proper definitions of political terms...

To escape the stereotyping, I just tell people I'm Yugoslavian. People have no idea what to do once you tell them that. And then if they try to think of what it means if you're a slav, I just throw in "We're the scum of Europe" and that clears out any form ability to prejudge me.
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21 / F / Sweden
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Posted 4/19/13
I'm glad it doesn't happen to me very often, even if I live in a country where the majority is white. But the occasional "You're only good/bad at that because your black"-comment gets through, or "Oh, I didn't think you would speak Swedish so fluently". But then I'm just like "Bitch, my father was in this country before your parents were even born" and then they shut up. (He's 80 and immigrated from Suriname in the 60s). I hate when people assume I'm adopted just because my mother is white, or treat me differently in situations were race or skin-color is mentioned, or assume I like/dislike something because I'm "black".
But mostly me and my friends just joke about it, and act as stereotypical as we can HAHA
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There was this one time at work (I work at a mexican restaurant.) Some old lady came up to me saying "HOLA, DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?" I thought about acting like I didn't understand but decided against it. She wanted to know if I or someone I knew cleaned houses. Like, "Housekeeping, housekeeping señor?" Dunno, maybe she thought all mexicans do housekeeping or something.
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19 / F / Wanderer in Texas
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Oh absolutely. I always get told, "You're Mexican, you should totally talk and act like it. Instead, you act like a white girl." I don't mind it actually, I play along and consider myself a coconut.
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29 / M / florida
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Posted 5/7/13
Tired of the bull shit. First, they called me Bruce then to Jackie to Jet to She-bang! She-bang! to Yao to Pacquiao to Lin to Gangnam.

Shaved my head and grow a beard now I being called the Rock, Tiger Woods, or Derek Fisher.
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