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 !
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.
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! (:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.