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.
wish i could reblog this 5,000 times this is REALLY IMPORTANT
i’m an arab-american (father of palestinian and turkish descent) who experiences this every day. here are a few samples of things that i have been called almost every day that i leave my house, and 99% of the time that my ethnicity comes up in conversation:
- a “nice mix” (like a dog)
- a “terrorist”
- "part of the Taliban"
- "from the Barbados"
- "not as dark as your little sister/dad"
- "not very Arab-looking"
- "Indian" (usually followed up with "well, they’re almost the same")
- "Muhammad Jihad" (????)
- "Ganeesh" (mispronouncing Ganesha)
- "like the princess from the Aladdin movie"
- "Baba Ganoush"
- "Ali Baba"
- "suicide bomber"
…just to name a few. also, “So, like, what are you?” happens to me often as well. so yeah this is really fucking important and thank you for making this
To address these issues, adapt this to fit your situation, but keep the last sentence:
I am of Cuban descent, born in Spain, and an American Citizen, so while I speak Spanish, I am not “Spanish,” but I am Hispanic and technically a Spaniard. I am not Latin, Latino or Latin American. Cuban American works, or just American. Though I will also accept Cuban. Most of all, human is the best choice.
I am not related to Jennifer, George or any other celebrity named Lopez you can think of. Interestingly enough, I’m also not related to Jerry Garcia. You can tell that because I spell my name with a G and because you’re a fucking moron.
So tell me, are you related to Massengil or Summer’s Eve?