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A few years ago when I had just found out I was pregnant, my step dad(at the time) tried to convince my boyfriend in front of me to leave me and the baby and to go back to his ex wife whom he already had a child with....when asked why, it was because I was Khmer and my boyfriend was white, life will be better if he went back to his white ex wife instead of having a baby with a Khmer girl...so he said. The end result of that fall out was that I moved away for a couple years and refused to let anyone in my family see me or my children until they admitted they were wrong...they tried to bring me to court too. If your wondering what my moms reaction was....she turned a blind eye for her love of money.
This was one of the better incidents in my family...
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Forget that. This afternoon, after getting off the car at the Wal-Mart's parking lot, one girl together with two guys suddenly called my mom "Ching Chong." My mom did not know she was being degraded by words, but I was there.

In quick response, I called them "racist Jews" repeatedly.

Swear to god, I was close enough to start a brawl. They can't disrespect my mom like that.

Posted 2/2/15
Rarely. She never takes me seriously on those topics...
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My family is not openly racist, but they are racist and when i still associated with them, i fought with them about it every time.

eventually i just stopped talking to my family all together because, to be honest i dont like them, and yes it is mostly because of stuff like being racist, But smiling in their face and talking shit as they walk away type. totally despicable.

as for the op, i don't think its wrong for you to stand up for what you believe in. being racist is being ignorant, so there is no reason to accommodate the person who is being a dumbass at the cost of your own feelings.
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My parents were very old school, but my father is currently dead, and my mother could careless about the topic. There are some racism still within the family here and there but always to any foreigner no matter the skin color.
Posted 2/2/15
My whole family is kinda racist against black people. They constantly tell me that they are lazy and that they'll steal... acutally that's pretty racist never mind. I don't really care because that's what my grandparents told them.
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I'm African American and my mom stereotypes other races a lot. She believes every stereotype out there and gets mad when people stereotype her. I'm like really? That's not how it works! She makes racist comments sometimes and when I tell her it's wrong she gets all offended and defensive. =_= I'm tired of it.
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Posted 2/3/15 , edited 8/27/15
Yes, also add sexism and homophobia. Mother's the only one left and she stereotypes people all the time. She has made some embarrassing comments that are racist or homophobic. The strange things is she raised us with the awareness of equality, racism and feminism but with her there were contradictions. I called it mixed messages.
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If a black man says something to a white man, perfectly fine.
White man says something to a black man, its a hate crime.

Unfortunately thats the world we live in
Posted 2/3/15
My family is absolutely not racist, thankfully.

I'll say this though, I've had my fair share of racist experiences, even though I'm white, and that's just how it is. I've been in some bad situations due to my race, and it's a common experience, among all races. It's not a one way street, more like an intersection. Any race can be racist to any race, and I've seen it far too much to really ever find it anything other than repulsive, and I refuse to ever take part in it.

Thankfully, I know better and one day I'll teach my kids, whatever race they may be, to never discriminate a person because of what they are.
Posted 2/3/15
I have argued with my Dad in the past about religion and middle eastern stereotypes. My partner's heritage is Cashmeri and Dad takes it upon himself to make judgments about it.

Apparently, Middle Eastern = Muslim = Terrorist in his eyes.

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Wow some good comments. Tolerance is everything. The color of your skin, your race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, income status, and etc should never define a group of people. One's poor action does not define the whole. Sadly, people do this and I blame the news. They report half the information on various topics and people think its gospel.
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Not at all. My family members are very diverse as they live in different parts of the world, married "different types of people" and so on. It's a hell of a party when we all gather, but that's just fun!
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No. I do find them to be less politically correct about things though and most adults. However, they are very accepting of diversity. On the flip side, I have been hearing many random teens in my area using racial slurs which I find odd.
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Nope. Racism really isn't an issue in my family. I was raised with a very basic philosophy, mind you I was raised in a very small town. You can be friends with people of color there is nothing wrong with that but you ever bring one home that you plan on getting married to and you're disowned. Yea its a bit harsh but it was a step in the right direction. You have to bear in mind I didn't meet an African American till I was in 5th grade when I moved to a slightly larger nearby town. Then the teach starts the first day of school off by saying "Class we have a special treat this year. We have a real live black boy in our class!" Then she asked him to stand up and introduce himself. Mind it was probably a year or so later before we started seeing Mexicans and I only recall one Asian in school. Now however the town is very uh... diversified? Personally I don't care. Though I do wish in the month of June they would get rid of the June Funk at the local park. I understand the idea of a gathering but you really don't have to scream "Kill the White Beast!" at every white guy that walks by?
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