“These incidents may appear small, banal and trivial, but we’re beginning to find they assail the mental health of recipients.”
-Sue et. al , 2007
If white people would even admit any of the stuff on this list was racist my life would be easier.
I’m white and not only do acknowledge that all those things are racist but also super fucking douchy.
I’ve experienced…all of these. Wow.
Same, multiple times, since I can remember. Honestly, especially when I was in school, I experienced at least one of these things almost daily.
=(. i’ve experienced just about all of these too, including this first one as an alien in our own land. i know so many Black people who are asked where they are from regularly by white people who for some reason can’t fathom we were born in the U.S. even tho many of our families have been here longer.
as for the criminality one, it would happen to me and my brother a lot, even when young. and we used to get so annoyed, we started doing shit like seeing old white ladies while we were in the car waiting for our mom, and lock the door really fast like we were scared and stuff. get back at em lol.
I think a particularly important one - especially in the light of Trayvon Martin’s death, Marvin Wilson’s case, and the recent shootings in Anaheim - not mentioned in the section of colour blindness is the subsequent presumption that the institutionalisation of racism does not exist and, in a post-racial society from which police-officers are unaffected by any resulting bias, any claims of racism are negated; that each of the killings (and the system through which they were able to be justified) were carried out professionally and without prejudice, and therefore each individual must have done something to warrant the police’s (and society’s) brutality.