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Post Reply Have you ever been racially stereotyped?
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Posted 4/17/13
People think I'm either Mexican or Asian when they first see me. To give you an idea, I have dark brown hair and eyes and olive skin. My eyes are somewhat small, but not that small! I'm really Croatian-Serbian. People think I should wear Hollister all the time and have a thick accent and should be stupid. But I'm a kooky, smart, anime + cat lover that dresses creatively and fashionably. Also, I have a great sense of sarcasm. WRONG, you silly donkeys.
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19 / M / Canada
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Being an asian is awesome because you are positively stereotyped....Except for the small penis thing
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ALL THE TIME!
I never take stereotypes or racism serious anyways. Even when somebody is seriously racist. It all just makes me laugh today. I use stereo types in my jokes on EVERYBODY not just one group of people even my fellow darkies I mean "black" people.
But seriously yes I do all the time. For example:
I was walking from my friends house and he lives in a Jewish neighborhood. I as walking with two other friends and we weren't even making a blockade like most teens do on the sidewalk. We was just laughing having a good time and then these two little jewish start running for their lives! They kept looking back at us with this expression like D: Mind you I am brown skin with a yellow tint, my other friend is lightskin so he is yellow like a crayon and my third friend is caramel. Far from intimidating if you ask me. So what did we do? Play the douche bag and chase after them. Man they ran fast. What a hilarious day that was.
I'm sorry but I'm the type of guy who doesn't get butthurt over things I should get butthurt about.
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19 / M / Los Angeles
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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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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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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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at work people thought i was Hawaiian for some reason, I took that as a complement of course
Posted 4/17/13
Nah, can't say I've ever been racially stereotyped.
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Being an arab, heck yeah. I was first racially stereotyped when I was in 5-6 grade. During then, I didn't really know what racism was, and it didn't affect me. I was a naive kid, I would be in my own little world where I was a thinking I could fly and do impossible things. LOL

But when I started to understand what it was, it would make me angry and sad. Until now, I still get angry at the thought but I don't get sad by it anymore because those people don't know me to even say that, I'm the only person who knows myself, not them.

People who believe in stereotypes are really close minded, and it makes me sad for them because they are getting brain washed by the media.
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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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