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Post Reply Have you ever been racially stereotyped?
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22 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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Posted 3/29/13
After moving from Vicksburg to Florence (in Mississippi), I've been called "white girl" and "ghost" by some of my former classmates. Being called "white girl" within the first week of 7th grade was when I first noticed racism. Until then, I viewed the different colors and looks of people the same way most people see the coat patterns and appearances of cats, dogs, horses, and whatnot. I never thought that there was anything negative about such things until 7th grade. I was once so naive.
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Posted 3/29/13 , edited 3/29/13
I blast my headphones, and need to wear glasses but take them off when i don't wanna see if anyone is giving me the evil eye as i walk by so It doesn't bother me if your only going to judge me based on what my "people" are associated with then your not worth the air your breathing up.

DON"T be racist
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Posted 3/29/13
Yep.

All because I don't do things that "blacks are supposed to do". I do things, and is into things based on me the individual and not my skin color. It's because of this that I'm often mistaken as the typical predictable black person, and they speak to me as such. And when they do find out about me, I'm right away treated like I don't belong because I refuse to "act black".

I don't want to "act black", I want to act like ME okay? It's one of the reasons I have a small handful of friends, why I don't trust most people, and why folks always assume I'm "white" on the internet.

But it's also helped me open the eyes of others as a "breath of fresh air", and I'd like to say it also helped me recently get with my girlfriend.

It really sickens me that we've come to the point where skin color is much more important than the individual within. Am I not allowed to be my own person? To do things and be into things that appeal only to me? Is there a law saying I have to be a certain way because I'm black? I didn't think so.
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Posted 3/29/13
My friends stereotype dominican people... They say dominicans are loud and abnoxious but those things those fit my personality
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21 / M / Maryland
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Agreed dude, it can be hard being black. Although many ask me what i'm mixed with. During high school I rarely spoke to people because many people thought i was acting "white". Honestly the most racist people I've come across have been black..
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I always get stereotyped as being English as I have a British accent, people assume I know the queen. I've also been asked if I work at a Chinese restaurant because I'm half Asian and most of my school thinks I'm half Chinese but I'm half Filipino.
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everyone has?
white=rich?
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21 / M / florida
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Posted 4/2/13
Haha all the time!! every day!. I laugh most things off and correct people when they need to corrected.

For example today. I had a flag football game and I was standing and a dude comes up to me says "yo bro are you high" ? I'm like why would you think that....? (he gave the oh he fuxed up kind of look) and tried to say cause I guess you look tired....I was like nah bro..and went my merry way back on the field. *the reason I probably look high is because I'm on crunchyroll all the time haha* tumblr, fb, twitter
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20 / M / Houston, TX
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Posted 4/3/13
Yeah my white friends think I'm good at soccer cause I'm mexican. I'm actually really good at it tho so
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23 / F / USA
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Posted 4/3/13
Honestly. Asian Girl whose pretty good at school? it's like a feast day for 7th graders.
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Posted 4/3/13

infamybrian wrote:

Agreed dude, it can be hard being black. Although many ask me what i'm mixed with. During high school I rarely spoke to people because many people thought i was acting "white". Honestly the most racist people I've come across have been black..


You think that's bad try being black and gay. There's something oddly circle of lifey about a minority group with a history of being oppressed for things beyond their control oppressing people for things beyond their control.

I've also had the whole "you aren't black enough" thing aimed at me. I grew up in what can safely be called the ghetto, I got racially profiled by the police, don't talk to me about not being hood enough to be black and if i'm not "down with the cause" (what the hell does that mean?) maybe it has to do with the fact that i've been treated like shit by most of the people who expect me to turn around and put their needs above my own.

Jeez, it's like i'm the Uncle Ruckus of every minority group I belong too.
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25 / M / Norway
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Posted 4/3/13 , edited 4/3/13
I got stopped by securitas once. They thought I was an outsider. It was here in my own country. I had to tell them that I had been on piano practice and showed them my sheet music and what was inside my jacket. They really thought I was a terrorist or something. Might look a bit Russian yeah and playing Rachmaninov and all there made it pretty comic. They apologized truly and I was like ''It's fine''. They said ''Have a nice day'' Oh that day was not that nice.
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19 / M / Brisbane
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Posted 4/3/13
I have quite a few people make drinking jokes about my part Russian heritage, apart from that it is pretty mild.
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21 / M / Urbana
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Posted 4/3/13
Not really just friend stereotype jokes. However the only thing is they never expect my major to be engineer since I'm Mexican and go to a top engineering school lol
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18 / F / Texas
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Posted 4/3/13 , edited 4/3/13
Yes.

Memorable experiences are when people assume I have brown skin since I'm Hispanic, but when they see my real skin color they're shocked. People are surprised all the time when they find out I speak Spanish very fluently, or that I'm not a "muffin-top Mexican". Although this is all online. I am fortunate enough to have been raised in a good neighborhood with other Hispanics. My school district has about half White people and the rest are minorities. My group of friends were pretty diverse. I had 2 White friends, a Hispanic friend, and a Filipino friend.

All in all, at my part-time job I just ignore the comments people make when they're surprised I speak Spanish or that I'm not loud like Hispanics are sometimes seen.

Although my most strangest experience was when someone thought I was Jewish. It has nothing to do with this topic, but I just found it pretty random.

Edit: I forgot to clarify, people are surprised I speak Spanish since they assume I'm White. Although I can't blame them, a lot of my ancestry is from Spanish decent.
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