Racism isn't always obvious. Many often assume that hate crimes and racial slurs are the only ways that racism exists, which isn't true. Racism is often recognized in systemic treatment and microagressions. This means that racialized people are affected by racism regularly whether white people are consciously meaning to inflict it upon us or not. This is seen in racial jokes, hair touching without permission, and saying things like "no, but where are you really from?"
Microaggressions are so deeply rooted into societies that they can seem nearly impossible to escape. So here are 10 things that you might've forgot, or not realized are racist:
1) Always having to identify someone by their race but not doing the same for white people
Referring to racialized people as "that Black guy" or "that Asian chick" or any other variation of the phrase.
2) The N word
Saying the N word AT ALL. Even if it slipped out. Even if it was in a song. Even if you used the "a" version instead of the "er" version.
3) Racial preferences
"I'd never date a (insert racialized group here) person. I'm just not attracted to them."
4) Always reverting to fear
Acting terrified when you see people that aren't white.
5) Ignorant Assumptions
Assuming that all of someone's interests revolve around their own ethnic culture, and can't relate to you.
Tokenizing your non-white friends for your advantage.
7) Blaming everything on affirmative action
Telling someone they're the "diversity hire" just because you didn't get the job and are angry, so you assume that they were hired out of pity when in reality they were just more qualified than you.
8) Normalizing racial slurs
Getting angry and murmuring racial slurs. Even if you didn't mean to direct it at a specific person, it's still concerning that those are the words that come to mind when you're mad. I used to hangout with someone (a white someone) who would scream "nigger" when she got road rage. I had to shut that down real quick.
9) No, we aren't "acting white"
Using terms like "oreo" "apple" or "banana" to describe your racialized friends who you think are too good to actually be racialized, so you convince yourself that they're just like you on the inside. Because in your mind it's not acceptable to be intelligent, and unique, and not white, all at the same time.
10) Why you mad?
Getting defensive when people of colour call you out on racist shit.