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    When I was 3 or 4 I would always go to the

    playground while at my sister's softball games. I was a social kid and would always make friends with other kids. One day I was playing with a kid on the playground and his mom calls him to come over. When he returned he said he couldn't play with me anymore. I asked why and he...
    SullivanTheLegend SullivanTheLegend 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 15

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    It happened to my sister not me.

    So my sister is fully black and I'm mixed but my dad said I can pass as a Mexican and I became friends with these Mexican twins that lived down the street. They have a trampoline and I would always jump on it with them. One day my sister came with me to their house and they...
    makaylat makaylat 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 16

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    I absolutely HATE how African Americans are

    viewed in the media. I hate watching the videos of the riots in YouTube seeing the black people destroy cars and steal from stores. It's just sad... I know because of the actions of the people in the riots it will reflect on our whole entire race. I wish we could just all come...
    animallllover animallllover 16-17, F 2 Responses May 6

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    The White Apologist: “I’m so,

    so sorry for what my ancestors did to yours, man! It really breaks me down sometimes thinking about how despicable we were to you guys! Please forgive us!” The Faux-Humanist: “Stop talking about race. We’re all just human.” The Martin-Lover: “Yeah, but didn’t...
    ThePrettyOnee ThePrettyOnee 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    Was This Guy Kkk?

    About three weeks ago I got lost walking in Brooklyn someplace after looking for a historical Jewish landmark I wanted to take a picture of.  It doesn't matter where I'm from but I'm a nice tanned color. So I end up on a cross street and saw a bar.  Being I was walking for...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Mar 10, 2012

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    I'm a Jew. It comes with being a member of a

    race directly descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, a persecuted race of people. Non Jews revile us, taunt us and bully us?
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt 22-25, F 10 Responses Apr 28

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    today I experienced racism.

    .I had a white dude run into his car and said don't rob me while I was out walking my dog with bedroom slippers and a robe on..this really pissed me off today..just because I'm black doesn't make a thief or robber..damn can people stop doing **** like this..it's hurtful and wrong...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 16

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    I am calling out to all the people like me I

    want to tell u guys that u r not alone someone somewhere is fighting for u I am fighting for us and all I am asking is that u join in this fight as many we can show people that we arnt the slobs they think we r show them we didn't chose this life we didn't ask to be born but we...
    Bennythebull7 Bennythebull7 13-15, M Jul 9

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    ~best Friends~

    My daddy got a job transfer to a tiny southern town when I was 11 years old. We made the move from Montgomery, Alabama to this small spot on the map, a place we had never heard of. I remember being sad, disheartened, missing my friends, worried that I wouldn't be able to make...
    kayblue kayblue 36-40, F 11 Responses Sep 30, 2012

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    Reverse Discrimination

    The White Man is the Most Racist ever. They say that whites commit a lot of violence against blacks, so why are the black area's the most dangerous places to live, why are racist crimes against whites the highest in the world? There is the United Negro College Fund. There is...
    CaptainChunk CaptainChunk 18-21, M 11 Responses Jul 2, 2013

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    I could write quite a few experiences on this

    topic. My 1st will be from 8th grade at a private Christian school in a small city in Illinois. A classmate,who's mother was white and father who was black, told me that I couldn't "go with" a white boy, but only black boys. Since 4th grade I was attracted to both white and...
    BlackSheep613 BlackSheep613 22-25, F Jul 22

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    Pale Face In An Aboriginal Neighborhood.

    I live in the inner city of a major Canadian city in a neighborhood with a predominantly aboriginal community. I am Metis(not that it really should matter) so I share common ancestry with them but I have run into some quite angry individuals who have come after me because I...
    PicturesOfABetterLife PicturesOfABetterLife 31-35, M 14 Responses Mar 13, 2011

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    The government gives benefits to companies

    that are owned but blacks, women, Mexican, but what about a white guy wanting to find work?
    cruise77 cruise77 36-40, M 7 Responses 2 days ago

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    For My Own Peace of Mind

    This story is just for me really. To remember to love instead of hate. And to remember what hate does when it mutates into violence. I was a newlywed. Moving with my husband to a new place. We were excited. It looked like a fresh start. He wanted to get a job that would help me...
    Tekkamaki Tekkamaki 31-35 13 Responses Mar 8, 2009

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    I'm a black woman and I've been called the "N

    word" by one of my friends who happened to be a white male. I never talked to him again after that. I shut him out of my life. I don't tolerate disrespect and I especially don't tolerate someone insulting my race. You're gone for good if you do that. If you're racist, don't talk...
    laubrown1 laubrown1 18-21, F 22 Responses Aug 14, 2014

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    I live in a white area

    and everyone at .y school is white. People will usually make dumb comments about my skin color (I'm mixed). I HATE living here, the teachers are rude to me and the kids are judgmental jerks. People think it's okay to call me the "N" word or use it around me because I'm only half...
    JustARebel JustARebel 13-15, M 5 Responses Aug 4

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    Once when I was walking my dog,

    Hartley The Rottweiler. I came up against two drunk British men obviously tourists, they threw a bunch of angry threats at me, I tried to walk away but another came up behind me, "Its young s***s like you that is ruining our country." I think he said as he slapped me to the...
    IAMFastDasha IAMFastDasha 13-15, F 6 Responses Aug 10

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    That One Restaurant In Kentucky...

    I was thirteen. I remember the exact date -- July 10, 2010. I'm from Georgia, and I'm black, and my family and I were taking a road trip to visit my stationed uncle in Colorado. On our way there, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel in Cadiz, Kentucky. It's a small town right on...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 12 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    Dating Will Make You....

    i dated from 2009 to 2012 and i must say that american women are super racist...if you are not the "right" siez shape or colour,they will insult you for even tryinh to say hi to one of them...i been hurt so much by them emotionally...i hate that i ever started dating...women are...
    irongrenadier irongrenadier 26-30, M 13 Responses Feb 7, 2012

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    I Was 13 When I First Experienced Racism

    I was 13 when I first experienced racism. My father is black and my mother is white. So I am white but mixed raced. I was walking home with my 'friend' when we started talking about how our teacher had singled her out and had a go at her. She told me it was because her brother...
    Adri-irda Adri-irda 16-17, F 15 Responses Aug 27, 2006

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    When I was in high school,

    I dated black male classmates. We would go to dinner, the junior and senior proms, and movies together with others staring at my black boyfriend and me a white woman. Also, I lived with a black man when I was in college. Many of our neighbors would flat out be rude toward us...
    fustratedmom fustratedmom 36-40, F 5 Responses Jan 19

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    My Most Recent Encounter

    I was shopping with a friend who was about to buy a purse.  She was asking if it was the last one since there was a slight flaw in it, when the clerk says to us "oh, it's good. It's made in your home country." And so I asked him, "And what country is that...
    kalikka kalikka 18-21, F 9 Responses Aug 3, 2006

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    Taste The Rainbow

    I get ALOT of slack for dating outside my race. I don't hate myself or my beautiful people, but I don't limit myself either. Men are like skittles colorful and wonderful when they go down!!
    dirtydarkness dirtydarkness 31-35, F 12 Responses Jun 20, 2011

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    One time me and my husband went to a safeway

    for groceries, the shop there has a self check out machine, it was our first time to use it there and so it takes time for us to put in the quantities and what type of vegetables, etc...while we also asked for the help of the staff who was standing next to us...so suddenly a...
    tangerinescake tangerinescake 18-21 2 Responses May 18

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    I've experienced a lot of racism

    since I had my son. I'm biracial and my husband is white. There are not many black people where I live and I now have very few friends locally. A lot of white women seem angry that I'm married, but we've been married for 11 years. My son is lighter than I am and I wonder if...
    virginialady virginialady 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 9

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    Today I went to Wilko with my brother,

    and we were in the queue the woman at the till left for a bit and this woman goes in front of us and leans on the counter doing something, because it looked like she didn't realise that there was a queue my brother told her that there was one and that she jumped the queue (in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 5

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    Yesterday a black man tried to force me off the

    road... For no reason, to my knowledge... Other than what is going on in America today... I am tired of being labeled as a racist! Just because I am a white man...
    anAMATURE anAMATURE 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 23

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    Racism Can Come From Any Direction

    I have definitely experienced a lot of racism in my life.  Both of my parents are black, but I am very fair-skinned and according to some people, I have "good hair" (God I really hate that terminology).  So for me growing up, I would not only experience racism...
    justagirl21 justagirl21 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 10, 2006

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    So I am an English white girl

    who wears a hijab. And some English white guy just told me to **** off back where I come from...... Oh yes of course ..... That's why I'm here. Just smile sweetly and wonder if he realises how much of a complete numpty he looks right now. Proof people have completely the...
    marblerun marblerun 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 14

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    I was told I couldn't be Hispanic

    because I don't speak Spanish fluently. I was told I couldn't be black because I'm light skinned and I don't walk around dropping the n-bomb. Thanks society I guess I'm race-less
    wematter wematter 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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    Racism Experienced At My University

    Hello All, I am a student at London South Bank University. Me and fellow peers have suffering from bullying and racism at this educational establishment. One lecturer in particular refers to black people as "you people" which implies that black people are a lower creed of...
    nikko0310 nikko0310 26-30, F 18 Responses Nov 9, 2013

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    Why Did A Simple "hey Slow Down" Become A Race Issue??

    I am so angry, tonight while loading groceries into my car at Walmart with my 3 youngest children and husband, this car came flying around the corner almost running over my son, she then whipped into the parking space almost taking off two of my doors. All I said was "hey slow...
    Sshinesc Sshinesc 36-40, F 21 Responses May 23, 2011

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    Again with the racism on this site.

    If you're going to tell me a joke, then tell a decent one. I'm not going to look at a racist joke about African Americans just because you think it's funny. I'm not like that. And don't tell me that I'm crazy because I didn't get your joke. Know that I am going crazy because you...
    UltraCerulean UltraCerulean 26-30, F Jul 13, 2014

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    Hate it when ppl treat others differently just

    because they look different. Living in Japan as a Caucasian and ppl assume all kinds of things that are wrong. That I don't speak Japanese. That I'm not familiar with the life. That my mother tongue is English. That I'm a visitor. where do such ppl get their confidence from...
    Hagymacska Hagymacska 26-30, M May 14

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    One of Those Days...

    It was one of those days where EVERYTHING WENT WRONG!!!! To cope I decide to go to Starbucks (yes i know-lol) and see some old friends and get away... My luck- the new girl walks up to take my order (sigh).  I didnt catch her name but she is your average...
    iriseyes iriseyes 18-21, F 13 Responses Jul 12, 2006

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    During the course of my life I've been called

    the N world from time to time, monkey, and someone didn't want to sit next to me due to my skin color. But hey it is what it is lol. I know what I'm capable of in this world. Life goes on.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 30

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    This annoying brat at my school asked me

    why I hated enchiladas if I'm Mexican. One I'm not Mexican I'm freaking Ecuadorian. Two SHUT THE HELL UP.
    trixxmason trixxmason 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    A few times In my life ,

    as I think about it thank god I was too young and naive to understand what was going on ..as I look back on the situations.... So as a young adult I had a similar experience , with a young man I was serious about , he wanted me to meet his family .. At that time I was still...
    Prettibrowngirl Prettibrowngirl 70+, F Jul 16

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    I speak four languages,

    but even in texas, where even your stereotypical suburban white kid grows up hearing spanish out in public, I am supposedly "too white" to speak spanish. I have literally been told that whatever spanish I knew wouldn't be good enough to converse with [the customer] and his...
    rhythmix rhythmix 18-21, F 8 Responses May 5

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    70% of my school hated me literally just

    because of a few soccer matches between our countries... They weren't the brightest of folk.
    Cosmic0Potato Cosmic0Potato 13-15, M Jun 20

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    I Posted This Story In Another Group, But It Actually Seems To Apply Better Here.

     I am a beaner; I am a wet back, a thief, a ****, illegal, I took your job, I don’t pay taxes, I never shower, I have six kids, I am poor, I have a ****** job, I park my car on my lawn, I’ve been to jail several times, I am a lazy mexican and I’m a waste of space, and I...
    Bravenewgirl Bravenewgirl 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 23, 2011

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    When I got to this country I was in 3rd grade -

    I begged my father not to send me to school. During that time Pete Wilson was running for gov. Prop 187 was gaining momentum. As a 3rd grader I was scared...of deportation. One day at recess I broke my hand. Fearing for deportation I ran to the bathroom, I took my sweater and...
    Empresario Empresario 31-35, M Aug 18

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    I've been called Chinese.

    .. I've even been called Chino... But take a better look... I'm a sexy Filipino... (Sips on a glass of Bourbon)
    OdeSlinger OdeSlinger 26-30, M 4 Responses Jul 16

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    A multiracial relationship is what I desire.

    As much as I want to prove a point as far as racism is concerned, I really love trying out new things.
    Emaryte Emaryte 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 24

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    Sally Hemmings Syndrome!

    As a black woman raised in the south the word racism is not uncommon. In fact it may be used or experienced on a daily basis, but what ****** me off the most are people within the same race discriminating against their own! Let me explain; See, where I grew up and live 90% of...
    Blackbarbie1987 Blackbarbie1987 26-30, F 15 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    White female here. Ever

    since I was 5 I've had an attraction to black boys. When I was 7 I had a crush on a black boy. I asked my parents what they would do if I liked a black boy. They said "I'd kick you out of the house. That doesn't happen in this family. Why would you do that to this family?" I...
    cawnbread cawnbread 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 20