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Racism From Your Own Race
Posted 4/9/14 , edited 4/9/14
Like the title says, have you ever experienced racism from your own race? From your "own people"?

I know I have. I'm American, race Asian - ethnicity Filipino. I have experienced racism quite a few times from my fellow Asians, and many a time I believe it is due to the color of my skin (a bit darker than caramel).

For instance, many times when I go to a Chinese restaurant (especially run by new immigrants), I notice that I'm treated pretty rudely, and they are not so friendly to me - while they are friendly to anyone who has lighter skin. This has happened many times. I went only once to a local place that was run by people from Hong Kong - and I was treated really bad. Poor service, clipped tones, unfriendliness and just sheer rudeness on the whole. And the worst part was that just opposite me and my mom was a white family, and they got excellent service from my same waiter who was nice and amicable to them! I think this is because Hong Kong places such a high esteem for those with lighter skin, and the racism in Hong Kong is severe (with Filipinos being treated notoriously bad over there). Same with China and their love of lighter skin.

When I was smaller, I grew up in an area where there were many Korean immigrants. Those kids would always ignore me, and say mean things about me, and how I looked especially. I will never forget that one little girl who came up to me and asked me why my skin was so dark and ugly since I was Asian. On the other hand she was raised by her traditional grandparents so...But still.

Am I saying all Asians are like this? Of course not, and I know people who are truly nice. But at the same time, I can't help but notice the difference in treatment from many Asians to varying skin colors especially - and many times when I experience racism, it is from other Asians ironically. Pretty sad, considering these same people will cry out racism when they're treated badly, but do the same to others.

What's your story?
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I haven't experience anything like that. I'm African-American.

Probably the only way I would have dealt with that is, if I sided more with any other race besides mine.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I haven't experience anything like that. I'm African-American.

Probably the only way I would have dealt with that is, if I sided more with any other race besides mine.


Well, you're lucky then. I have heard that in the African-American community there is colorism there too, and a preference for light-skin and mixed-people. I can't say for sure, since I am not African-American myself. Only going from what I've heard.
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I've never been discriminated against by other humans.

Have I been discriminated against because of my heritage? Why, of course!
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Magical-Soul wrote:

I've never been discriminated against by other humans.

Have I been discriminated against because of my heritage? Why, of course!


If you're being discriminated because of your heritage, doesn't that mean that you're being discriminated by other humans? o_O?
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You are making an assumption of bigotry, where the reasons that they may be short with you or even rude could be wide and varied. There are so many reasons and circumstances that I a person can act a certain way that to make any assumptions about the reason is foolish. When one jumps to an assumption of bigotry, it is often because of their own bigotry. Sorry if that was harsh and doesn't really apply to you, but it is far better when making assumptions to make ones that favor those you are making assumptions about. When people have been rude to me, if I assume anything, I usually assume that they have had are had day or something. I don't make assumptions about their character.
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I'm biracial - and honestly I hate every person ever except me.
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In the community, some of them look down on light-skinned African-Americans regardless if they're mixed or not. I'm a light-skinned African-American but not mixed.
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ishe5555 wrote:

You are making an assumption of bigotry, where the reasons that they may be short with you or even rude could be wide and varied. There are so many reasons and circumstances that I a person can act a certain way that to make any assumptions about the reason is foolish. When one jumps to an assumption of bigotry, it is often because of their own bigotry. Sorry if that was harsh and doesn't really apply to you, but it is far better when making assumptions to make ones that favor those you are making assumptions about. When people have been rude to me, if I assume anything, I usually assume that they have had are had day or something. I don't make assumptions about their character.


For me, I am basing this all on the culture of Asia and their preference for light skin, and how many times this has happened to me in general. And it is not only me that is saying this. If you look up this problem, it is a very real thing. And like I said, I've noticed on these occasions that I am the one singled out, while yes - others who have light skin are treated differently. And again; I did not do anything on these occasions to make someone treat me badly.
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there are always deep seeded rivalries / animosity within every race. its sad really
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HomuraAkemiLovesMe wrote:

I'm biracial - and honestly I hate every person ever except me.


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SoldierSangria wrote:


HomuraAkemiLovesMe wrote:

I'm biracial - and honestly I hate every person ever except me.





Love that movie, and exactly what I'm talking about.
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Every human hates me the same. Damn racists...
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dragontackle wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:




In the community, some of them look down on light-skinned African-Americans regardless if they're mixed or not. I'm a light-skinned African-American but not mixed.


light skinned girls get looked down on? I never even heard of that. From all the places ive lived on the east coast(New York, Michigan,South Carolina) lighter skin girls have always been the most sought after by the guys. And the dark skin girls always hated on them. Personally I prefer light skin over dark skin women, but thats just me. And im not disagreeing with your opinion or anything


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I've not experienced it myself-- i.e. not directed at me-- but I've seen many examples around me. I'll speak to discrimination based on ethnicity (perceived or otherwise) or physical traits-- which includes racism and is perhaps a bit broader than that (depending on how one defines "race"). I think it's safe to say pretty much anyone, of whatever color/race/ethnicity/ whatever, is capable of discrimination against any other color/race/ethnicity/whatever.

Koreans (e.g. my wife's ethnicity), Japanese (e.g. my conversation partner), and Chinese (e.g. myself-- though I'd more precisely say Taiwanese) seem to have a "healthy rivalry," to use a euphemism, which crops up all the time in the news, and of which I hear every so often over dinner conversations or over language practice conversations. Even though Japanese cars are famously reliable for the most part, my wife won't ever buy one because they're Japanese. My mother-in-law won't eat long grain rice like Basmati eaten in south and southeast Asian countries as apparently it's considered a sort of "gutter" rice. My own parents are not especially fond of mainland Chinese folks. I've Chinese friends in the Middle East who report the native Arabs discriminating against the usually darker skinned Asians who are usually assumed to be menial workers-- but supposedly mention you're from America, and you'll get a more favorable reaction. Discrimination against darker skin colors seems to be rather prevalent in Asia, actually. It's probably more common than we'd want to think.
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