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First off I am an american indian/native american whatever you want to call it. Last night my boyfriends softball team played against a team thats mostly indians. I was sitting in the dugout with one other girlfriend talking, then her boyfriend comes up and she says something about one of the guys from the other team "obviously being drunk" and the guy was like "yeah he was the pitcher last week but he musta lost his jersey under the bridge!" Around here the homeless live under the bridges along the creek and a lot are indian BUT not all!! So I made a noise to show I was disgusted, they stopped. I didn't say anything, b/c I am overly sensitive when it comes to things like that. Then like 5 minutes later my bf little cousin (14 or 15) is sitting by me and he is talking to the guy that had made the other comment and the other team had scored like twice (we were ahead by like 10) and the little guy said "F*CKIN INDIANS!" I jumped up pulled my bag off of the nail on the wall and ran out of there. His dad was standing by the entrance watched me run away and did or said NOTHING! So I sat by a guy from their team that was injured and couldn't play, I was almost crying he asked what was wrong I started crying and told him. I didn't want a big deal made about it or anything but my bf didn't even ask why I was upset or quite or anything. He wasn't there when they were said. But anyhow I feel bad, and I was kind of a baby about but then again I feel I should be mad. I don't know but tonight I am hanging out with a lot of those same people and another guy that has made a racist comment around me, and I don't know if I can handle it. UGH!!<br><br>
I think I am done whining now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I can sympathize with you MS. I'm part Alaska Native and we too have a large number of Native people on the streets. Generalizations are made by the ignorant and comments get made without people realizing how insulting they're being. I'm sorry some people suck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I know how you feel, MorningStarr. My father's side of the family is Metis. I didn't learn this until I was a teenager, because my own mother is racist against First Nations peoples, and I guess she was embarassed or something. She is always saying things like "Your father is so lazy, that's the native in him." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
What I don't get is why did she marry him if she has such a problem? So because she is a bigot, I missed out on learning an important part of my heritage. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I'll never understand why some people feel that they have to insult and degrade others. I guess they are just ignorant and afraid of difference. Sometimes I don't know whether I should feel anger towards racists, or pity towards them, because they are wasting their lives with hate.
 

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I am also part Native American. People where I live are extremely racist towards Native Americans. I hear a lot of the comments because they dont realize that I am Native American. I guess the blond hair, blue eyes, pale skin, throws them off a bit(also part swedish/norwegian). SO they will start saying things in front of me thinking that I am "safe". There is usually a debate that ensues concerning their ignorance. Sometimes I just flat out tell them off. Most of the time, the comments come from the sort of people that can debate with me for about two seconds and can't ever back up anything they say with knowledge. I hate racist comments and I don't mind making the people who spurt that kind of bs look like the complete morons that they are.
 

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I know how you feel. I'm half Sioux, and my mom's side of the family has constantly tormented me with racist comments... and then there was that game of "cowboys and Indians" where I was tied to a tree and left for a while...<br><br><br><br>
I don't think you're whining, you have every right to be pissed at racism. Some people are just stupid pricks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:">
 

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I almost feel like I have to apologize to anyone of any ethnicity in America. Even when I belong to one. I said it before, and will say it again. People sicken me. It's things like that that contribute to my lack of faith in humanity.<br><br><br><br>
I have been fortunate to have not endured anything, being Hispanic. But I have heard things like, I am not Hispanic enough, etc. It's kind of like a reverse prejudice. I suppose I'm supposed to have dark skin, put GOBS of gel in my hair, and dress "gangster." Whatever. I look very caucasian, that COULD be part of why I don't get discrimination. But I don't think it is. I have found a VERY mixed group of friends in High School. Even some hispanics. We make fun of ourselves, which is actually very fun.<br><br><br><br>
I remember I once went to a unitown camp. They segregated us. We had to be together at ALL times. Of course, being in the hispanic group, they made us clean up after lunch. We still walked out laughing. At our "morning sing" the counselors called on us to sing. They called us spics, beaners, etc. But we STILL laughed at each other. They had us sing "Des Colores." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
It's funny how people unite under so much social pressure. You can see that the repressed cultures are so united.<br><br><br><br>
Just my 2 cents. I'm sorry- I feel like I rambled too much.. I could go on and on.
 

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Hey Morningstarr, I am not part anything, I am very white(!), but that sort of thing makes me steam too. I just can't understand why something wasn't said!*hugs* We're not all like that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> but I'm sorry that you had to experience such racism. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Your heritage is extraordinary, be proud of it and don't let anyone else make you feel less worthy because of it. You're way more special than they are.
 

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I am very fair and white people often assume that they can make derogatory remarks about other races in front of me. It is annoying...and I think if they assume that I am "one of them" what do people from other races think when they meet me?<br><br><br><br>
I often wish that I were darker...<br><br><br><br>
and yeah, you had every right to be mad and they should have been ashamed.
 

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In Manitoba racism towards First Nations people is common, and almost normal. If you make a racist comment about a black person, then you are a 'racist', but if you make a comment about 'indians' then you get a laugh.<br><br>
Stereotypes are obviously stupid, but what I noticed when I lived in Brandon is that, people make generalizations about natives because there truly are a lot of poor, drunk natives walking the city streets and on the news if there was a domestic dispute or a mugging it's almost always a native culprit. I was surprised at the racism when I moved there, but unfortunately, it's the "bad" natives that get the media attention. It is obvious that racism has been part of Brandon for many decades and passed down through generations.<br><br><br><br>
What discouraged me also is that I have met quite a few natives in Brandon, and most of them don't know anything about their heritage. I think there should be more emphasis on native history in our schools, then there would be less ignorance.
 

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The other thing that bothers me about the stories, is the lack of intervention from non-minorities present, family, boyfriends, parents, etc. I think that is a real insult to their minority friends (if you can really call the relationship that).<br><br><br><br>
I can't imagine not standing up for a friend, child, spouse, etc.
 

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Oh, I forgot to add. I hear discrimination to white people, too. But it does not seem as prevalent as it does to other ethnicities. Although it probably is. I just don't hear it as often.<br><br><br><br>
Any racism saddens me.
 

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I think the best way to deal with racism is to say to people who are making racist remarks, "I'm Native American, and am I drunk all the time? Do I live under a bridge? No. So obviously your stereotype is wrong" or something to that extent. I guess just be confident so they know that you won't put up with their ****.<br><br><br><br>
I'm completely caucasian, but sometimes other white people are racist to white people! It's like, if I say anything (eg. a fact) about a minority, I'm stating a stereotype instead of a fact. Some are so afraid of being labeled as racists that they refuse to talk about other races. This leads to more ignorance and more prejudice.
 

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In a way, I know how you feel. Not because I'm of native heritage (I am, but no one notices), but because of my sister. She looks Asian because of her mental disability. So she gets tied in with the "Asian" and "retard" groups. Technically, she is the latter, but it pisses me off to hear kids and even ADULTS picking on anyone because they're different. Our world is so full of morons! Thanks be to those of us who aren't.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Meo</i><br><br><b>In a way, I know how you feel. Not because I'm of native heritage (I am, but no one notices), but because of my sister. She looks Asian because of her mental disability. So she gets tied in with the "Asian" and "retard" groups. Technically, she is the latter, but it pisses me off to hear kids and even ADULTS picking on anyone because they're different. Our world is so full of morons! Thanks be to those of us who aren't.</b></div>
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Disabled/Mentally Retarded people are one thing that I am sensitive about. And I don't even know one!<br><br><br><br>
Have you ever just been touched so much by someone, without them saying a word? Well, a disabled person brought me to tears one day. It was just over a year ago. (May 27th, I decided I wanted to keep the date close to my heart) I went to this church in Sedona, AZ. Beautiful church. I was walking around in the gift shop and there was this man walking around. He couldn't really walk, he was severely mentally disabled. He was grabbing onto shelves, and walking around the store. I made eye contact with him a couple times. Then I realized he was there for his beliefs, and he just kept trying to hard to get around. My emotional self got to me, I walked back upstairs, right outside the church and sat there and cried. I didn't really know why. He walked out of the church with his family, still looking as if it was tough for him to walk. I can't explain how I felt. I was angry that he had such a tough time getting around (and was being ignored, it seems), touched that he was still making his way in church, heart broken that he must be an innocent soul with what would be a burden to most people, amazed. These people are just God's angels. they have a gift to know that nothing matters. Race, looks. There was so much going through me. I didn't talk for about an hour. This man touched me so much, and all I did was notice him. I am trying not to cry right now. But that's my story...<br><br><br><br>
People who pick on these innocent souls are just BARBARIANS.. I HATE it, there is no prejudice I hate more.
 

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Fafafrappy, you're a beautiful soul. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by shewolf</i><br><br><b>Fafafrappy, you're a beautiful soul. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></b></div>
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Oh, that made me feel all warm and fuzzy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> No, really it did!
 
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