(Closed) Do you feel racism?

posted 8 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

She’s probably just bitchy, I wouldn’t take it personally.  I’m white, so obviously I have a different perspective, but where I live, there just isn’t a lot of racism, so that wouldn’t be the first thing that comes to mind.

As an aside, and I’ll start another thread about this, but when people compliment your accent, I think you should take it as such.  I study languages, so I *love* listening to different ways that people speak English.  Your “accent,” could be influenced by having another language as your first, or simply living in a region that is not your own.  For example, I live in central Texas, but I can hear the difference in a speaker from my part of the state versus the more eastern part of the state.  

Post # 4
2747 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

OP, I think you are right.  Sounds like there is a bit of subconcious racism happening there.  Unfortunately, as beautiful as certain accents are, if everytime you talk to people it’s the first thing they notice about you, you are slapped in the face with automatic “othering”.

I have the opposite problem.  I do not have an accent but I always get people saying “Konichiwa” or “Ley ho ma” to me … one time I’ve been told that I “speak English very well”…

Post # 5
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i have worked retail, sometimes those on the bottom who think they are the sh*t blame others who do not look like them. I don’t think she is racist I think she is jealous of your gorgeous Beauty 😉

Post # 6
45 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@mrsbruff2b:  I have the same problem!  I moved to Japan after growing up in the States, and ever since, whenever I go back home to visit, at least one person will tell me, ‘you speak English so well!”  I find this hilarious because English is the only language that I can speak!  

@foreignbride: It could be racism, but it could be something else too!  There’s so many factors at play that it’s sometimes easy to jump to racism when it could be something else.  Maybe she’s biased against pretty women, maybe she’s not sure if you speak English, or maybe she’s just reacting to how you’re acting towards her?  Or.. maybe she’s just wondering why you go to Macy’s so often? Haha jk.  Anyways – don’t take it personally.  No reason to let one bad mood ruin your fun shopping trip!

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