What are your experiences with racism?


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Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

40 some odd years ago when I was in Vietnam, my unit had people from many different races in it and my Top Sergeant was black. Color meant nothing as we all protected each other like brothers ! I learned that racism exists but never for me. I remember those men well and we had some good times and sad times together ! I still hold those values today !

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Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

I haven't had many experiences with racism other than losing a few job opportunities because the company wanted a "more diverse work force." Essentially, I'm white and they didn't want a white guy.

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Walt O'Reagun
Walt O'Reagun commented
With the American Courts saying you must be classified by how you FEEL ... you can now tell them you don't identify as a white.

Corey The Goofyhawk
In that case, I feel like a Chinese girl for my next interview. A black man after that and a Mexican teenager for the next, lol.
dragonfly forty-six Profile

I was working at a school that was at a church. I quit because a board member actually told me that I was lucky that a person "like me" could get a job. When I asked what that meant she said that usually people "like me" aren't very intelligent. I'm half Hawaiian and half Irish. I finally understood what that meant, and when I left I got a hefty severance pay and she understood never to underestimate someone " like me" again.

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dragonfly forty-six
I let her know quite a few things. I think by the end of it she understood that her error was going to cost them a lot of money. People like that only understand it if you get them where they live. Before I left with check in hand she finally understood that I had out smarted them all, and did it without breaking stride, or losing my temper.
Ancient Hippy
Ancient Hippy commented
Awesome, good for you Dragonfly, you did it right.
dragonfly forty-six
Thanks Hippy. That experience really left a bad taste in my mouth. It was good I went on vacation. :)
Kioyre S. Profile
Kioyre S. answered

Many times, to this day, I get ridiculed because of stereotypes and preconceived notions about Asians. It's why I didn't have many friends in Middle School and no friends in Elementary :P Nowadays, I don't really care for it! It's their loss! (:

Dance like a gypsy Profile

I like Asian men and I was told by someone that if I marry an Asian guy I'll have hideous kids and this person harassed me online all because I had a crush on someone who was Chinese and I'm white so he continued to tell me that I'm too ugly to date outside my race.

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PJ Stein answered

When I was in 8th grade I had a boyfriend. One Monday we were talking about what we did over the weekend. He told me he went to a KKK meeting with his uncle. I didn't have a boyfriend after that.

In my junior year of high school, a girl in my class actually told the teacher since he was white, he was racist. That was the most racist statement I have ever heard.

I live and grew up in the south. I have heard racist comments on both sides and never understood it. I was raised around people of different races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. I was raised to just people by their actions and their intents, not any of the other stuff.

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DDX Project answered

I get charged extra from street vendors, taxi cabs, etc whenever I'm vacationing. Not really racism, but.. It's the closest thing for me personally.

As for around me, it would seem like people tend to stick together with people who look like them.  Whenever we have meetings, Asians seems to sit together at the end of the table. Who also sit separately from sub continental asians like Indians and Pakistanis. Then most of the discussion is carried on by the predominantly white upper management. I don't think black people like to study engineering.

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Passage One answered

Well, I'm a white guy who grew up in a majority black school. I was criticized a lot for my skin color (among many other things). I was bullied for my skin color and some of my peers tried to justify it by saying I deserved it because of racism years ago.

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carlos Striker answered

Here are the attributes received, he is incapable of intelligence, he must be a liar, never to be trusted, thief, drunkard, rapists list goes on.

Now I know for sure how much people needs to grow up and acquire some class.

Joyce Hall Profile
Joyce Hall answered

My father was very racist when I was growing up.

Now, its still hard for me to think of black ppl as honest. I'll notice myself doing it and stop.

I have purposely NOT taught my daughter any of this. Hoping she will b better.

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