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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 Dec 15, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I experienced more racism

    when moving to an "affluent" area of Northern VA, just outside of DC. I've had more racist encounters here than I have had in almost a decade. Because the level of education and income is so high here, it was rather shocking to me. I had just moved to NoVA from Miami. It...
    MrMeToo305 MrMeToo305 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 22

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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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    Who hasn't? Heck, I remember

    when I was 14, I tried to help this white lady with her groceries(I actually worked there...). Long story short, she looked at me and said "Don't", then asked the cashier behind her(my white buddy mikey) to help her. Gee I wonder why. On a completely different note, how can...
    yourguardingangel yourguardingangel 18-21, M 4 Responses Jan 29

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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 Dec 15, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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 14 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    I've experienced racism starting from a young

    age. I was asian Chinese and Japanese but everyone would attack my chinese side call me chinaman communist chinky eyed and other horrid things. To this day i still experience sinophobia although it has lessened since i have grown to look more japanese/ korean so people dont go...
    Horse10202 Horse10202 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    It happens all the time.

    I have a lot of girls that for some reason really rather i didn't exist. They shout things like "mixed babies are disgusting". Well its sad, but i just ignore them now.
    pixiepiink pixiepiink 16-17 4 Responses Dec 20, 2014

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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 1 Response Oct 27, 2014

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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 12 Responses Jun 20, 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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    I just became aware that the police were at my

    CPA meeting at parkside ,no body from the early intervention told me that there will be police presence at my meeting so I'm chocked that the early intervention continues to get the police involved in my case ...and I wonder why is that ? I was given the restraing order in 2011...
    lostsouluk lostsouluk 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 23

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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 7 Responses Jan 19

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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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    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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    Unfortunately, from my family.

    My grandparents are very traditional Jews, and weren't too happy when my mom had me, although mostly because she was 16 lol. But still, I remember my grandpa referring to me as her little n*gger girl, and similar things. I'm not black, or at least not fully, and don't really...
    skykanin skykanin 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 5

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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'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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    My boyfriend and I have been together

    for over 5 years.(been together since 8th grade year). Our relationship is almost perfect!! We've had maybe only 2 real arguments over the years. But there's something about our relationship..... We are an interracial couple. He's black and I'm white. We live in the south so you...
    cawnbread cawnbread 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 18, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    ~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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    Blacks Are Racist Too-From my mother's family

    right from birth. My mother was Black and she gave birth to me at 17. When her mother came to the hospital and took one look at me she began to curse and beat my mother asking why she had slept with a "damn Wetbacck". This was the late 80s in the rural Deep South. My father was...
    RicanoinHouston RicanoinHouston 26-30, M Jan 10

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    I think that racism is

    so weird. I think that it is also wrong. It's wrong to discriminate against a human being because of their "race". Everyone should be treated equally! The first time I experienced racism, I was confused. I didn't really understand what was going on. I guess because, basically...
    ksmith0315 ksmith0315 26-30 Feb 23

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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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    I saw this group on the news from a small town

    in the Deep South. They actually have a solid plan on overcoming discrimination with a therapeutic model for building relationships compassionately in communities across social boundaries such as race. They are raising money for a documentary to start a national conversation and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 31

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    Today, while shopping at Walmart,

    an old woman called me a niqqer. This wasn't the first time I've been called this since I moved to this side of town. I live in an area nestled between an affluent retirement community and systems of trailer parks inhabited by blue collar workers, so I've been called that by...
    GrimCreeper0150 GrimCreeper0150 22-25, M 5 Responses Feb 1

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    Every time I asked what race I am on a job

    application or any application for that matter. Who sets the standards?What is the standards? Because I'm going to check (other) next time. is it skin tone? education? Were you born here adopted I mean what the ****. can i get a free phone, now , I think about it I am being...
    ambull1 ambull1 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 29

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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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    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
    Pizogoon Pizogoon 18-21, M Dec 13, 2014

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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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    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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