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The People’s Guide To Navigating Racial Awkwardness

We asked how we understanding with infrequent racism. You started from a top.

Leah Donnella


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Leah Donnella

We asked how we understanding with infrequent racism. You started from a top.

Leah Donnella

This week, a Code Switch group tackled this question: What do we do when a friend, desired one or foreigner creates a criticism that falls somewhere on a injustice spectrum? On a blog and on a podcast, we and friends of Code Switch common stories about those worried moments and how we reacted.

The stories were as sundry as they were troubling. They happened in a workplace, during home, in an Uber, online. They concerned immature white women rapping, “I ain’t messing with no pennyless niggas”; a celebration guest dogmatic that someone looked like every Asian actor on Fresh Off a Boat; and a father revelation his Mexican-American daughter that “Mexicans are lazy.”

Hear Something, Say Something: Navigating The World Of Racial Awkwardness

Together, we attempted to figure out a custom for responding. Our discipline could have been pulled true from an EMT handbook. (Proceed with caution. Assess a hazard of evident mistreat to yourself and others before engaging. Bring reinforcements and have an shun track in mind.)

So on Twitter and Facebook, we asked we to import in.

Turns out, a “Ask good questions, do no harm” plan was flattering common opposite a board:

The shade was strong:

Some folks went full IDGAF:

Others went for healing:

While a options are vast, there’s no foolproof strategy. After all, racially unresponsive comments are like snowflakes in a storm: unique, ice cold and unrelenting.

One lady on Facebook wrote about a disappointment that comes with being a usually “woke brownish-red woman” in a room:

“When we pronounce adult we am filled with bewail that we didn’t demonstrate myself better, or angry that even yet we was totally right we didn’t change anyone. When we don’t pronounce adult we feel guilty for days and infrequently years. Dammed if we do, dammed if we don’t.”

So, even yet we don’t have the solution, we’ll rest easy meaningful that there will be copiousness of opportunities forward to try out opposite techniques. One user wrote a sanctification for us:

If we missed this week’s part of a podcast, check it out here!