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Post Reply Have you ever been racially stereotyped?
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I'm soo used to it, that I no longer pay attention to it -.-.
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Yes all the time. Especially where I live. Because black people aren't supposed to like Kpop or anime. Black people are running the streets blah blah. I get so much hate from people because of my interests because black people don't like that kind of stuff
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Yeah. Racist black people always accuse me of being racist because I'm white. And I usually just stare at them in disbelief and say. "I bet you voted for Obama, because you're genuinely THAT stupid."
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Not racially stereotyped, but I catch a lot of crap for being an atheist.
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Not really. When I do I just laugh it off and walk away. Now, if you typed "Have you ever had someone call you a racial slur?" I would say "yes".
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I'm so white and from a white community so no I haven't. I just get stereotyped on where I live and my height. :/
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Not racially. Sometimes culturally. I'm from England so occasionally get the odd "cup of tea" joke when travelling but never anything hurtful. I was in a public baths once in Osaka Japan, the ones where you strip naked and dunk yourself into boiling water and then freezing water; the old locals there were falling about laughing at my inability to cope with the temperatures and shouting "English Gentleman".
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I'm black and I can't catch a break from my own race because of how I talk or any other race because I'm black. Do we see my dilemma?
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.___. Yes, I have (sortof) but more like I have been racially stereotyped.......by my own freaking race! I used to be called 'Oreo' up to fifth grade, and even sometimes I do think people think that in their head. I guess the term I mean is 'colourism' ( stereotyped more on skin color) so, yeah, I am somewhat used to hearing 'Wait, where are you in the picture? Oh, is the shadow you?' or 'Hey burnt twig' any African joke ect.

Call me a sadist, but if you're going to try to insult me, get alittle bit more creative.

(Oh, and white people never really had any issues, only older people, and that's because I was with a ex-associate of mine who looked....like a escort)
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Posted 9/16/13
I've been called a cracker before. Does that count?
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Yes, but luckily racism against white people is pretty easy to ignore unless you're a prick about it. Nobody thinks I'm going to rob or assault them out of nowhere, but it is sometimes annoying when people assume I've been brought up in a strait-laced, well-off household, and can't understand what it's like to have hardship (Mom works at Wal-mart and Dad, after strings of unemployment, just recently got a pretty good job selling bottled water). I've been pretty well-educated and my parents (although divorced) are very much good people, so I look the stereotype pretty well.

But it did get a bit bothersome when my friends (most of whom were actually not white, but that doesn't matter too much) always wondered why I never went out all the time with them. I needed to explain, to their disbelief, that I can't afford all that stuff because, unlike them, I don't receive money from my parents to blow on movies, meals, clothes, and toys. It sometimes got to be a problem in college, since although I held a full-time job, I had to pay for school myself, and didn't have the kind of money that even people without jobs had. I sometimes got the feeling that they thought I was ditching them when I didn't go to parties all the time. In that case, I think even my white friends were using white stereotypes.

The only other times it ever gets in the way are the rare times when I need to talk to someone that's dumb enough to think that I can't understand anything they've gone through because I'm white. There are certain extents where that might be true, but it's not like I live in a completely different world. I've never been skydiving, but I can still understand fear, excitement, sublimity, wind, or most things that a skydiver might talk about. Everyone has shit to deal with (I assume), and everyone's had the experience of being stereotyped negatively (I assume), even if not on the grounds of their race. But regardless, I've only rarely met people that actually brought up my race as evidence that my views were unfounded. That's more of a quality of dumb people though, than of racial stereotypes.
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Yes. And not to be racist in return, but it's usually white people (particularly white guys) who display the highest level of ignorance when it comes to racial issues.

I rarely have racist comments directed at me when I am on the job but it's a white person making that comment 80% of the time. Latinos never make any racist comments. Old Asian people will sometimes but the only indication is that they assume I speak their language. Black people do sometimes as well, but they're using it in an attempt to be funny and will make it clear they're joking so I don't mind.

Had a white guy try to correct one of the notices I posted once. His 'corrections' were all wrong. Things like using 'your' instead of 'you're' and 'there' instead of 'they're' and he really thought he was right. He then asked me how long I've been in the US and when I told him I had a degree in creative writing and have been paid to be a ghostwriter he stopped trying to correct me.
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All the time I get spat at. One scowl at me and there it goes. Some people go out of their way to spit in front of me to make sure I notice it, but it happens so often anyway. Trash gets thrown in front of me. Drink cups out of cars right at my feet. Yelling out windows, etc.

Get harassed in stores all the time, either by shoppers who think I am the funniest thing ever, or by store clerks pretending to not see me standing there, and then they don't want to talk to me. Self checkout is nice: it puts THEM out of a job and it does not care who I am. I win.

Sometimes store loss prevention will blatantly follow me around the entire time I am there, waiting for something to happen. I must look like a criminal AND a stupid one too if they think I'm going to do something with somebody standing right nearby the entire time. If I am not in a rush, I try to make sure to wander ALL over the store just to waste their time. And then sometimes I walk out and leave them with a full cart to put back. Why should I reward their behavior by making the purchase? I am neither a criminal or stupid.

(while they are watching me so carefully, of course they miss the employees hauling away the store via the loading dock)

Anyway, I notice when I am treated like this and remember them and choose to shop where they only care about the color of my money. Online shops are great for this. Brick and mortal retailer's biggest weakness isn't only their noncompetitive prices, it's also their awful employees.
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Posted 9/16/13
Happened pretty often actually.
I grew up in germany and had to deal with stupid racism all the time.
Most of my friends had the same problem and a lot of classmates as well.
We did learn to live with it and didnt let it bother us after a while its just how it is if you grow up in germany as a white german you have to deal with all the hate a racism towards you.

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