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Post Reply Have you ever been racially stereotyped?
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Posted 9/16/13
I'm literally Caucasian (as in from the Caucasus Mts.), and I consider myself to be middle eastern, but everybody just assumes that I'm a European because I have light-ish skin. I can only think of two racist things that have happened to me. The first time was when a black girl at my high school said "shut yo white ass up" when I said something that she didn't like. I screamed some curses at her in Chechen, which would scare pretty much any American. The other one was after I moved to Boston, some of my coworkers started harassing me for being Chechen because they thought that was the patriotic thing to do, so I reported them for harassment and got their asses fired. That's pretty much it, though.
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Posted 9/16/13
I mixed between black and white. Supposedly the less informed think I'm Mexican. I can't really see where there coming from but I don't let it offend me because there is no reason to be offended over something as petty as race when the way I see it we are all just people let those who wish to be ignorant be that way. I don't have to acknowledge or care for such thoughtless words.
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Posted 9/16/13
everyone assumes im racist just because im white
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19 / M / Australia
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Posted 9/16/13 , edited 9/16/13
I'm Australian.... need I say more about the "dangers of dropbears" and "riding kangaroos to school"... as well as how everything wants to kill me...
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Posted 9/16/13
Many times. At school and at work. I almost went off on my supervisor for making a racist remark to a Mexican worker.
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30 / M / Washington DC
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Posted 9/16/13
yeah called a Mexican but doesn't happen too often.
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20 / F / Wanderer in Texas
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Posted 9/17/13 , edited 9/17/13
Oh yes. It's sad really, although I suppose it cannot be helped. I work with customer services (waitress) and such. I was helping with a customer and he was being extremely rude and snorted aloud and said, "Can I get someone that isn't Mexican? I don't wan't someone like her to be messing with my food." I just smiled and said have a blessed day and referred someone to help him. I was always taught, if someone treats you wrongly, just kill them with kindness. So, I mean it happens people are just people I guess.
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Posted 9/17/13
I get mistaken for being everything other than white british, which is what I am. I have been asked if I am mixed-race, Asian and even black. I have olive toned skin, and even though I am about 1/8 Italian on my Mother's side (which let's be honest is barely enough to worth mentioning) my skin colour comes from my Dad's side, who's ethnicity is just plain white british. We just happen to tan more than most people.

Still, I remember at school once a load of my classmates debating who out of me and another girl was more mixed-race. They decided I was, which is funny, because the other girl has a white mother and black father, and I'm not mixed-race at all. xD

Once, at a party, me and my friends were joined by this black guy who half way through the evening turned to me and said 'I've just realised you're not black. I thought you were black.'

Another time, a boy in my class was racist about Asian people and I told him off, and my friend I had known for like 4 years turned to me and said 'wait you're not Asian are you?' I swear I have been mistaken for every race imaginable. One guy even refused to believe I was white once. Weird.

I'm not even that tanned. I just have a kind of misleading exotic look about me. My sister likes to exaggerate how Italian she is when people ask xD One eighth does not make us Italian! Oh well, at least it makes me look interesting I guess.
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Posted 9/17/13
My racist moment (which didn't really bother me and is kind of funny imo): I was invited to a black friend's house for a boxing match pay-per-view party. My buddy's uncle arrives at the door and the lady of the house invites him in. The uncle freezes and stares at me for a second, looks to my buddy and says, "We cool?" My buddy is like, "Ya! Dis is mah boy, the one that's like a brother from another mother!" The uncle says, "Oh, sorry man! I hope you ain't offended, is just that white folks round here usually means trouble." I assured them I wasn't offended in the least and cracked a few jokes that seemed appropriate. Fortunately I chose well and delivered them appropriately as well and things were smooth after that.

Race isn't what defines most of the traits that inspire stereotypes racists pick on. It is cultural things that inspire the stereotypes. Due to having a form of aspergers I was not well received for much of my life regardless of my race, but in the process of learning how to camouflage myself socially I have realized that certain cultural norms and practices are the things that tend to cause "racial" tensions. Combine those with attitude problems, particularly superiority or inferiority complexes, and bam! A bit of an "outsider's perspective" may have influenced my opinions.

I have had friends from many different races and invited them to various "things". Sometimes a white friend is hanging with me at a bar that has more black people than any other ethnicity and gets a little uncomfortable, sometimes a black friend turns down an invitation for fear that everybody at a get together other than them will be white, and I have had a roommate from Singapore basically demand that I drive his car so he wouldn't have to risk hearing all the "Asians can't drive" garbage. I am getting better at it, but I have to confess I don't really think about these kinds of things normally.
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Posted 9/17/13
Racism can easily be perpetrated on both systemic and individual levels. It is never morally correct regardless of the races on either end. It is strange to me that everyone forgets that Mr. Zimmerman is of Hispanic ethnicity, Peruvian decent in particular. His family has admitted to intentionally trying to avoid that coming up during the trial. My ancestry includes Polish, which was continuously mocked by others when I was growing up (as if being completely socially inept wasn't bad enough to work through). I was the "weird dumb Pollock". I know more Polish jokes than any other ethnic joke thanks to my childhood. I would figure Polish folks are white, but when I was a kid most other kids seemed to disagree.

I'm not sure who your comments are specifically directed at, or if you are just trolling. Anyone can be racist. I will agree that institutionalized racism impacts more people and is evil, but that certainly does not excuse any other racism. Assuming things about someone based solely on race is racism whether you are white or not. I don't expect people to think that white people deal with the same level of racism as blacks. That would be false. To claim that white people never experience racism? That is also false. One guy I knew in high school had his throat slit and was hung to drain like a hog. It was perpetrated by a mono-racial gang. It was racially motivated. That is real racism. No one should ever be glad about bullying or racism.
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Posted 9/17/13
Been there :/ having a bunch of white people saying "ching" "chang" "chink" and "chong" to me.
Black people calling me Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan because they think that is what all Asians are called.
And people always tell me to open my eyes....
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M / Los Angeles, CA
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Posted 9/17/13 , edited 9/17/13
Growing up as literally one of 2 asians in school, I experienced all sorts of racism from white people, black people, mexicans... it was really disgusting when the same blacks and mexicans who complained about being discriminated against were the same people who picked on us asians. I hope kids now don't experience the same stuff that I experienced.

The other asian kid was a korean and he used to get so pissed when people picked on him because they all thought he was chinese and was calling him ching, chong, chang! He got mad at me because he thought I was chinese and causing the other kids to pick on us both, and I'm not even chinese myself lol.
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23 / M / Canada
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Posted 9/17/13
I love when shit like that happens
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24 / M / California
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Posted 9/17/13
Of course, but I try not to let it matter. I figure some people are going to find any excuse to be assholes no matter what, whether its skin color, height, class, sexuality, etc. What's important is that I try to be the best version of me as I can and try to bring out the best version of everyone else.
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22 / M / Rhode Island, MER...
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Posted 9/23/13
Not really but I've been stereotyped one guy was like yo you got a membership on crunchyroll you must really like anime I said HELLL NO I'm here for the drama!...... Jk
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Posted 9/23/13
I'm an Arab woman (well Egyptian really) living in the US post 9/11 so what do ya think?

I've flown on airplanes three times in my life and been selected for random screening twice despite the fact that I was born in Seattle. I don't wear a burka or a veil (though I don't look down on women who do) and I speak one language (American English) yet because I stand out in a crowd and my last name is Halim i've occasionally gotten dirty looks in public and i've heard people whisper words like "terrorist" or worse behind my back. To say nothing of how i've been treated while going through airports even if i'm just there to pick someone up.

And don't even get me started on casual racism in the gay community. There's this myth that gay people can't be racist when in reality there's no rule that says gay people can't be as racist (intentionally or unintentionally) as anyone else out there. Being discriminated against for one thing (being gay) doesn't make you an expert on all discrimination and doesn't give you free reign to be an offensive asshole because "I know what it's like to be discriminated against".

/endminirant
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