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Undercover Racism

Undercover Racism

I don't think I have talked about Racism on my blog yet. Now the racism I'm talking about is not the conventional in your face type of racism, it's the one where it's passive aggressive, jabs at you and questions your sanity. This racism hurts more than the in your face type. It's where someone says to you "You speak great English" or when someone says "You don't sound like an African person". It's the type of racism that you stop and think "Am I crazy?"

When I lived in New Zealand, I went to a girl's high school which was predominantly white, I was one of maybe 3 or 4 black people. My English teacher at the time did not like me and I didn't know why. So one day I come into class all happy, laughing and being loud as I usually am with my friends, so I was not the only one being loud. She takes me outside the class room and says "Because of your skin colour, you can come across as aggressive". It took me days to register what she had said, I was frozen and it felt like she had taken a knife, stabbed me and twisted it. I was 14 years old.

That is just one of many stories I have when it comes to micro-aggressions. I get it everywhere, when people are surprised that I am doing a post graduate program, when people think I don't sound or act black enough or if I sound or act too black, where people look at you like you've done something wrong when you sit next to them or when you are dating other races and all they think is ohh a big booty black girl who can dance.

We have not progressed as a society we have just become more passive aggressive and more brutal in what we say and do. The modern day African living in Western culture is facing racism from all aspects in life, not only do we have to deal with it, we are forced to keep silent about it so we can keep the peace. But if we stay silent to keep the peace, how will we stop the ignorance and the implicit racism?






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