I can be discriminated against on a consistent and daily basis and be sure any concerns I voice will be met with derision and conscious, willful ignorance.
I can feel comfortable in the knowledge that the majority of the depictions of my culture will be either hyper-sexualized, violent, or both.
I will not be able to find “nude” skin-colored products in my shade unless I search very hard AND am willing to pay more for them.
I can be sure that, if I am ever assaulted; brutalized; raped; or attacked, the police will most likely believe I am the perpetrator instead of the victim - especially if my attacker is white.
If I am a woman of color, I can be sure that I will never go a day in my life without being reminded of how far away from the western ideal of The Innate Beauty of The White Woman - and that I will NEVER measure up.
B.) I can be sure my children will never measure up, either.
If I am a gentleman of color, I can be sure that I will have to answer questions about my penis size and sexual stamina and face social stigma regarding my sexual performance and preferences.
I can be sure that if I am interviewing for a job, no matter my qualifications, it is likely a white interviewee will be offered the position instead of me.
I understand, inherently, that I am to tread lightly around powerful white people. I know that “rocking the boat” could cost me my job, my family, my freedom, and even my life.
I am well aware many white people who hear my thoughts on racism and discrimination will believe I am overzealous, histrionic, too sensitive, and/or “bat shit crazy.”
I can be sure that, in my lifetime, this will not change.
Feel free to add your own! OMG so privileged! No wonder everybody wishes they were a person of color!
12. I have to spend a shitton of money buying clothes that actually fit my proportions because they aren’t made for my shape.
13. I have to spend a shitton of money buying makeup to fit my skin tone since the low cost makeups only come in various shades of vanilla and that one dark tone that matches no one.
14. If I say I am mixed-race, but I don’t look a certain way, I will be derisively told that I cannot possibly be mixed race.
15. When I am in serious pain and go to get medication, I will be given only the weakest, barely stronger than OTC medications or nothing at all because it will be assumed that I am trying to get drugs.
16. When I need mental health care and express an abusive history, I will be immediately assumed to be lying.
17. I will be more susceptible to certain incorrect diagnoses based on heavy doctor bias.
18. If I have other marginalizations, I will consistently be pressured to choose between the two.
19. I can be harassed, in public, on the street, beg for help, and still not receive any.
20. I am under stress and upset to maintain or end friendships with people who do not respect me as a black person because ‘they do not see race’
21. It’s not exciting to tell white people my worries about me dating them or them adopting POC children because they will personally always insert *their* feelings and opinions about it, completely ignoring the fact that *they* themselves rarely date POCs nor do they know how difficult it is to rear a POC child in an all-white environment.
22. My life experiences are immediately dismissed once white people find a POC who supports their racist views.
23. making a space to support and celebrate being a black person is usually under attack as ‘racist’ because white people aren’t included in something for once
24. In feminist spaces, there is little discussion on how race and skin tone affects a young POC girl’s sense of identity and confidence. Even less if the child has a disability as well.
25. I should be greatful there’s that one lipstick shade that actually suits my skintone
26. Finding jeans that is suited to a black body is difficult
27. It’s fun being the only black person in every event I go to. Really. Ugh.
28. It’s even more *awesome* being unable to react when white people spout extremely racist and insensitive things. Of course, if I do react, I am an awful person who keeps shouting at people or im overly sensitive
29. Its great to remind people Africa is not a country even though you’ve told them countless times the country in Africa you were born in
30. your culture as an immigrant poc is seen as interchangeable with another bc you “vaguely look alike” and/or “is that country in the same area?”
31. people will continually stop you on the streets demanding to know where you’re from. no no. where you’re REALLY from.
32. you will be ridiculed and seen as ‘stupid’ because you have an accent even though an accent has no bearing on comprehension.
33. you will be told that racist and offensive stereotypes of your culture are called HONORING YOUR CULTURE
34. if you are an immigrant POC, your intelligence and schooling will be called into question despite america having the worst education system in the first world.
35. white people will doubt you existence and belittle you because you don’t act like a stereotype (i.e. YOU’RE NOT A REALLLLLLL [POC] PERSON)
36. I will be treated like a representative of my race (or PoC in general) all the time. Anything I do or do not do will be held against not only me but PoC if it does not measure up to standards.
37. Along with that (above) I will also be forced to be willing to provide free education for everyone regardless of if I have the time/energy to do so. If I refuse to, I will be seen extremely negatively, completely ignoring that I have no obligation to educate people and that the issues I’m asked about have already been written extensively about and a quick google search would give answers pretty quickly.
38. If I succeed in anything I will be subject to a lot of criticism and extensive scrutiny because I “can’t possibly be that good”. I will be suspected of having cheated, or of being successful due to my race and little else.
39. Whatever I do will always receive less attention and credit than a white person.
40. If I protest, I will be told I am imagining it and that if I work harder I will see the results.
41. I can be sure there will only be stereotypes- and very little else- representation of PoC in media.
42. I did not know how to properly take care of my hair until I was able to research it online.
43. If I was raised by an abusive white parent, and then cut ties with them, I’ll be demonized by the majority of my family members.
44. I get accused for automatically hating my “white side” if I ever open up about the abuse I went through with my white family.
45. I’m told I “sound white,” usually made as a compliment.
46. I am accused of being “lazy” and “not working hard enough” if I have difficulties at work or school because of my depression, anxiety, or ADHD.
47. Whatever abusive relationship or situation I’m into will be completely ignored and unacknowledged, as if nothing could be wrong. If I show signs of suffering from abuse, I’m assumed to be “crazy.”
48. If black-mixed, I will hear, “You’re pretty for a black girl!” and “You’re not THAT black!” Usually made as compliments.
49. I can enter into the dating scene assured that I will face fetishization, exotification, dehumanization, and risks of abusive relationships with white people. And if I say I’m very hesitant on dating white people because of all this and emphasize that they need to really earn my trust before I can even give them a chance, I’m told that I am “limiting my chances for true love.”
50. If I act assertive, I’m stereotyped as the invulnerable “angry black bitch.” If I show any vulnerability, I’m seen as “whiny” and “lazy” and told I “need to get my act together.”
(sorry if I repeated some)
51. If I am a queer of color, I face the threat of violence at a much higher rate than my white counterparts, but nobody will talk about it.
52. If I am a trans woman of color, I face the threat of murder at an extremely higher rate than my white counterparts.
53. If I am a trans woman of color, my experiences, life, and possible death will be appropriated by white trans women to further the myth of threats they do not face.
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