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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 13 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    Sometimes I think that

    if I was a blonde with larger boobs my life would be easier. Scratch that if I was a straight, handsome, cisgender white male my life would be a lot easier. Not saying I want to be anyone else. If I woke up with blonde hair and blue eyes and anglo saxon as frick I would freak...
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F Oct 27

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    allnotmine allnotmine 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 15

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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 16-18, F 15 Responses Aug 27, 2006

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    Hater As Caregiver = Unacceptable

    I received a phone call, telling me to go in for my semiannual teeth cleaning. I said no thanks, I'll be looking for another dentist. When asked why, I simply said that I didn't like some of the comments the dentist had made while I couldn't respond, in that chair with my mouth...
    auroramaru auroramaru 46-50, F 17 Responses Jul 11, 2013

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    Dating Outside Your Race - Just Not Good Enough

    If you will not date someone because of the colour of their skin it would be fair to say that you are a racist. What you are essentially doing is discriminating simply because you do not like the colour of that persons skin, thereby dismissing that person's character. It's like...
    Scorpio1987 Scorpio1987 22-25, M 21 Responses Jun 24, 2012

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    Never Ceases to Amaze Me

    i went into walgreens to pick up somethings...at the checkout counter, the cashier looks at me (pauses) and askes "are you italian?" no i am not. "indian?" no...clearly he isnt going to give up so i tell him my ethnicity. His response? "wow you speak really great english...
    iriseyes iriseyes 21-25, F 7 Responses May 31, 2007

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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 13 Responses Mar 13, 2011

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    At The Age Of 9

    I wished I was white. I'm proud of my color now, even if I'm not "black." I'm not even "black." I grew up in a Jamaican cultural household, living in a "white-american" community. I was constantly picked on for my skin, always had jokes cracked on me as being the "token black...
    WiltingBlossom WiltingBlossom 18-21, F 22 Responses Nov 2, 2010

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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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    It's commonly believed that

    if you're white, you can't get racist comments thrown at you. That's not true. Going to Central America, some people will call you a Gringo, they will insult you and they will make you feel inferior. Even in the US, having a Jewish parent gives people incentive to bully and...
    msilver msilver 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 16

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    I worked at hotel du vin Brighton in 2004 from

    August 2004 until march 2005 and I was subjected to a very aggressive racism from two managers at the time one of them was a white man who dispised me coz I'm dark skinned Indian looking female and as a result he pushed on to the floor at the door which connects reception to the...
    lostsouluk lostsouluk 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 16

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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 19 Responses Nov 9, 2013

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    THIS Is War!

    My teenage daughter came home from school and handed me a folded up piece of paper yesterday. Inside it said "White Power" with a swastika.... this was shoved into her locker. She was not raised to know that there is a difference. We love people for who they are not...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 9 Responses Aug 29, 2007

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    I am a 20 years old half white

    and half black swiss homosexual boy (man) and I have lived in Switzerland all my life. And I experience racism on regular basis. The worst part about it? I got used to it. I've noticed that just recently. It was 1st of August, our National Day. Not a really good day to be...
    MixingThings MixingThings 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 30

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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 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 21 Responses Aug 14

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    Or Prejudice? I'm not sure

    which one fits this scenario best. Anyways, it was back in high school when i was in 11th grade. I'm black and this was the time that my fashion sense started to peak, i got more into cosmetics, using them, buying them, and teaching others how to do their nails and stuff...
    xRockGlossPrincessx xRockGlossPrincessx 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 11

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    The Colour of Beauty

    I was born in Bangladesh, my parents, especially mom is very fair (and proud of it) as she is part english and a great believer of white supremacy. In our country fair skin is deemed beauitful and highly sought-after. Brides are choosen according to their skin tone, the fairer...
    umathena umathena 18-21, F 28 Responses Apr 8, 2007

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    so im 13,live in great britain

    and in my school theres the majority white.so because im one of the only black kids i get hit,called n**ga and a black c**t,people also threaten me tell me there going to set the kkk on my family.also i get stabbed with pens and maths compass.the thing is if i tell the teachers...
    missunique88 missunique88 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 7

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    Today I experienced racism firsthand

    and for the first time in my life. It got me thinking about my own prejudices against certain groups of people. And it was apparent that my prejudices were unfounded and untruthful so she was clearly wrong about us. It was my lack of experience and understanding that created my...
    hongy0220 hongy0220 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    I think every color, any gender,

    any anything someone somewhere WILL find something bad to say. Of course I personally have had my own run ins with racism towards white people (I'm white) and I have witnessed it as well. It's a really sad thing to see and hear but there's no stopping it, people are going to...
    FelBaby FelBaby 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 2

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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 21-25, F 9 Responses Aug 3, 2006

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    I think I've just experienced 'EP racism' from

    a user. We were conversing quite nicely and as soon as I put a picture of my hand as my profile I got blocked. Why did you do that 'themissmoxie'?
    blackinc blackinc 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 17

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    I lost a friend when I started dating my ex.

    He's black, I'm white. This "friend" called me a n*gger - lover. I was shocked people can think such a thing in this day and age..
    imitosis imitosis 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 15

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    Some people really don't know what sort of

    things are decent to say about others in public. It's one thing to have a private discussion indoors, away from strangers, about different people groups and whatever issues you might have with them. Then the other person in the conversation can hopefully talk freely too. But...
    GreenButtercup GreenButtercup 36-40, F Aug 13

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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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    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 21 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    I used to have an accent

    and had no idea what American culture was like. When I was 13, my family and I ended up moving to a relatively huge, modern, diversified town, whose inhabitants kinda had a small town mentality. Some of my classmates made fun of the way I dressed, and the way I spoke. One of...
    cupidsbride cupidsbride 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 2

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    I immigrated to the uk in 1992 at the age of 13

    and at my age I did not know the meaning if racism ..I did not know what racism was but I soon realised that I was rejected and unfriend by the English kids at school so I ended up just keeping myself to myself and staying away from the English kids as I got the message that...
    lostsouluk lostsouluk 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 18

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    My origin is latin and

    when I moved to Europe at the age of 7 I experienced many changes.Back to my original country people were friendly and welcoming.In this new place and new school I encountared hatress because I was different.I was overweighted,wear glasses and intelectual clothes,different...
    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 2

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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 14 Responses Mar 8, 2009

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    After she found out I was black she didn't want

    to work with me anymore. I signed up for an under the table job on this website, we were texting each other setting up when I would come work for her and after I sent my picture to her she didn't text me again. It's ok though.
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 3

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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

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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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    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 26-30, F 11 Responses Jun 20, 2011

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    This was the first time I've experienced racism

    in my life. I have no idea how to handle it. I've copied and pasted his comments in to the comment section, because EP won't let me put his words in a post.
    LittleStain LittleStain 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 20

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    This is kind of disturbing to me.

    Not only black people experience racism,white people do as well.I just got a flyer from my son's school.The flyer is for ,"The African American Advisory Council meeting".So basically,It's for African Americans,to go to his school and voice their opinions,which is totally fine,but...
    1prettygirl 1prettygirl 36-40, F 74 Responses Dec 2

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    I can't say what's my nationality with out

    being accused of doing something and I know it's wrong but till this day Gypsy's are experience racism
    bezogoon bezogoon 18-21, M 6 days ago

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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 10 Responses Jul 2, 2013

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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 21-25, F 13 Responses Jul 12, 2006

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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 21-25, F 4 Responses Nov 10, 2006

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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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    Or Rather I Didn't

    I didn't experience it that much compared to what you'd think. I have been around since the 70s and have always lived in "new south" but I didn't know how bad discrimination could get until I went to visit NORTHERN cities. I know discrimination CAN get worse than what I saw, but...
    zmedleff1 zmedleff1 41-45 2 Responses Jan 17, 2012

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    I don't know why I was his target,

    he called me the n word about two times and those two times I never reacted. I just thought to myself "What happened to him over summer break"? Before this all began we were both high school freshman. I remembered him to be the nice guy in class he was a young white man, with...
    Cutiepeachpie Cutiepeachpie 18-21, F Nov 2

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    Let's get real here white men are generally

    reluctant to approach a woman who's not white and when they do they ask some dumb questions about our race. When it happens to me I think "ugh here we go with the genealogy questions." shoot. Maybe this is why I mostly hang out with hispanic woman. They get how race and...
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F Oct 27

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    Major NYC production company is seeking

    individuals who fundamentally disagree with their family's views on race, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, religion (etc) for a documentary series. We're looking for people who grew up immersed around a certain (discriminatory/hateful) mentality, that you've chosen to break from or...
    maryberry77 maryberry77 26-30 Oct 16

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    White People Get Judged Too

    I was taught growing up that everyone is the same underneath and that racism is wrong. I assumed most of my friends were raised the same, but growing up I realised that was not true.I have always had friends from different races and I have always been attracted to guys who are...
    blackcat blackcat 22-25, F 5 Responses May 28, 2007

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    My girlfriend is a Mexican

    and i am Haitian and alot of spanish people at work dont like me
    jetlife22 jetlife22 22-25, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    The New Racist

    Ever notice how the old racist of the past (i.e the kind that is very active and obvious in their racism, or only speaks about their dislike of people of other ethnicity's in private and among friends) is disappearing? I've noticed that the "new" racist is just as bad as the old...
    deleted deleted 26-30 34 Responses Aug 21, 2011

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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...
    Blackbarbie27 Blackbarbie27 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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