Here are 10 photos (out of 22) from my series Racial Microaggressions. I have asked my friends on the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus to write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced on a poster for me to take a picture of them.
In response to telling someone I’m half Vietnamese- “oh, was your dad in the Vietnam War?”
My sister-in-law is part Japanese. My brother looks exactly like me, freckles, blond hair, green eyes. We spent two weeks in Hawaii last winter, and my sister-in-law got countless dirty looks from older Japanese women for dating a white man. We spent an evening with one of her friend’s family and learned to make mochi. The neighbors later commented on how “shocking” it was that my sister-in-law brought my brother and me, and that her family must be ashamed of her.
I live in Alabama, and I spend every weekend “shocking” people when I talk to black guys at the bar. Last weekend a girl told me that I didn’t “look like that kind of girl” after I let a black kid buy me a drink.
Y’all, racism and stereotypes are the worst. Can we get over them already?