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    Being half Vietnamese in the UK I have

    experienced racism a few times. One that sticks in my head the most is when I went I was walking home with the other Vietnamese person in my school; we were speaking Vietnamese and two 40-50 year old males walked past us and shouted at us to 'speak English and stop speaking...
    casio747 casio747 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 28, 2015

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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)
    Darkslinger Darkslinger 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 16, 2015

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    Very late into the year,

    cold enough for a warm comfy coat, I noticed a cute boutique that i decided to browse upon waiting for a friend. As i entered, I was approached by the clerk and she asked me if I could remove my coat. Nor did she greet me, upon walking in. After removing my coat, she then...
    TLW79 TLW79 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 2, 2015

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    I love my job and everything

    that I do there. I work at a hospital In a very rich (and mostly white) area. Everyone is nice enough and usually respectful, but I catch people making judgements about me that aren't true at all but seem to be related to my skin color. Usually it's harmless things, assuming I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 22

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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 5 Responses Aug 14, 2015

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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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    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 8 Responses Aug 25, 2015

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    Mainly within my last relationship.

    I've always been able to handle prejudice; breaking extremely low expectations set by those who have absolutely no faith in me. But my ex and his mother treated me so badly that I broke down emotionally. I couldn't believe that someone who I loved so much thought themselves...
    CrimsonMoons CrimsonMoons 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2015

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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 10 Responses Aug 3, 2006

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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 20 Responses Aug 14, 2014

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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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    ~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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    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, 2015

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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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    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, 2015

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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 10 Responses Jun 20, 2011

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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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    Racism is something I just don't get.

    By now I'm pretty sure I myself am a little racist towards Caucasians, but that's because I'm stereotyping, which is what got me here in the first place. I need to calm down. I used to have a "friend" who would always greet me by saying "chinese." He didn't speak in chinese...
    HuntressX23 HuntressX23 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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    White female here, I have been in an

    interracial relationship for 6 years with a black man who I love so dearly. We've experienced lots of racism but I'll never forget when this happened: One day I was driving my boyfriend to church so he could go to band practice.(he played music for the church at the time) A...
    cawnbread cawnbread 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 3, 2015

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    Thanks for adding me to the group .

    ..please could somebody give me some psychic insight ..I had lots of traumas in life and I have been hated and treated disrespectfully and painfully by some hateful people ..even in the last 2 years and a half lots of traumatic things have happened to me and I was picked up by...
    Inthedark16 Inthedark16 36-40, F Jan 23

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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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    I'm an Indian and I've felt some sort of racism

    on EP. I've received many sarcastic replies on my posts here. It obviously doesn't feel good.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Sep 26, 2015

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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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    Hello friends In the context of saying no to

    racism,i maked this design to share our idea... I hope you like it .... To see the whole collection or buy a t-shirt please visit : teespring.com/no-7302
    mmscofield mmscofield 22-25, M Oct 18, 2015

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    The good thing about being Chinese is

    that when people are making racist comments I can just pretend I don't understand English. Yeah just play dumb and act even more like an idiot, and they'll leave me alone when they can't get any reaction from me.
    Charmy24 Charmy24 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 1, 2015

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    This is one of good example.

    Make us think what racism is from bit different way. I personaly think everybody can be racist everybody can have racism in a different kinds of situation or i should say POSITION. We hesitate to communicate with someone who is completely different,That's why bully happenes...
    blackandwhiteperpule blackandwhiteperpule 31-35, F 3 days ago

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    I have a wealthy white acquaintance,

    and I remember he had the gull to say, in front of his friends who were an interracial couple with two kids, one white and one black. And because they were acting in a way different from him, the way I am at home because being poor instills certain cultural habits, he said...
    lightningelemental lightningelemental 18-21 1 Response Oct 1, 2015

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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 31-35, F 18 Responses Nov 9, 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 18-21, F 13 Responses Jul 12, 2006

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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, 2015

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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 7 Responses Aug 10, 2015

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    I befriended the new black boy in our school

    this year and i sat with him at lunch and sometimes we talk in the halls but we don't hangout outside of school or anything at least not yet
    AllisonDeajaVu AllisonDeajaVu 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 19, 2015

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    it was flipped racism.

    . I had some Mexican play the race card just to get a laugh and because I was white it was easily accepted as truth
    Cocrispy Cocrispy 22-25, M Oct 7, 2015

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    woah boy ive experienced racism more times

    that i can count on both hands but this one was actually kinda funny i just met someone over the internet, we were in the stage of getting to know each other, and i thought they were a really cool person. then, i brought up the topic of race, and he said the most racist things...
    ryhawkryan ryhawkryan 13-15, T Dec 9, 2015

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    "Congratulations, im

    so proud of you," said my 8th grade history teacher. Not out of happyness for me, rather out of pity for me. I was the only Latin American in his class. We had just received our first graded history test of the year. I had gotten an average grade represented by the letter "C" on...
    SerenForYou SerenForYou 18-21 4 Responses Apr 12, 2015

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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 22-25 2 Responses May 18, 2015

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 15, 2015

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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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    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, 2015

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    As a native american

    and living in Quebec, Canada some people would talk **** about my friends and family for what they are.
    Tagstar2000 Tagstar2000 13-15, M Sep 17, 2015

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    Today I went to a building to drop off some

    documents. I was told by an employee to let security know and they will let me upstairs. I did as was told. Except I was told I had to wait in the lobby. The security guard also informed me that he could not find the person I was going to meet in the database (which was weird...
    billbong89 billbong89 26-30 Jan 13

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    I was aimlessly walking around a store & the

    lady that worked there literally followed me around the entire time. She also chased me down the ask for my professional license but didn't do that to anyone else that walked into the store after me.
    KissMyLipStick KissMyLipStick 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2015

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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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    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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