Things That I Hate

I Don’t Understand Racism

I don’t know what my problem is but every time I hear someone calling an African American person “black”, it bothers me. They’re not black! They’re actually brown—major difference. Another thing that bothers me is when people laugh at how Chinese people speak and start making weird noises to imitate them. There’s so much people do to make fun of different ethnicities and I don’t understand it.

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  1. I don’t disagree with you on your major points, but referring to someone as black is not racism. It’s common parlance, just like calling Caucasians white. We’re not really white either. Personally, I have a problem with the term “African American.” That makes me a European American. That’s okay, I guess, but I was born in America, just like most of the black people in America. The term “Caucasian” is itself a misnomer. Caucasia is a real place, and I’m not from there. And ironically, part of that place is in Africa. It’s really just simpler to stick with the color labels, especially since color is the only substantial difference between us.

    • by Michael
    • 1 October 2010, 9:41 AM
  2. Saying “African American” assumes two things:

    1. That the person is African, and

    2. That the person is American.

    Despite being a colloquialism, we all know what a “black” person looks like and it doesn’t require as many assumptions as calling someone an “African American”.

    • by Anne
    • 12 October 2010, 3:42 PM

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