Text sent to a British-American friend:
So I went out with a white Canadian girl, a British-Indian girl and two Irish guys.
On the way back we went to this food stand and these two French guys were being rude and talking trash. We had had a few drinks but the Canadian girl and I were sober. So these two ‘Marseillaise’ (mar-say-yays) didn’t speak
much English but they managed to call the British-Indian girl a “black girl“.
So everyone FLIPS OUT like “NAHHH that’s racist; apologize” etc. And they start saying it was joke blah blah. So we start walking away and I realize the British girl is crying. I’m like “whoaaaa you know they are just ignorant don’t let it get to you” etc. But she started going off on how since she’s been here there’s been so much racism and in England it’s not like that.
And I guess growing up in America, I don’t know if the right word is desensitized, or maybe it’s my nature of letting things roll off (perhaps as a result of people’s ignorance in America) but it just didn’t bother me that much. I mean yea I was appalled (and confused) by their ignorance but I suppose I’m kinda used to it. Especially being African, I’ve heard every joke there is. And as a result, I’ve grown tougher skin.
Anyways ‘moral?’ of this story is that it’s so sad that racism and ignorance have become a norm for me 🙁 Coming here, I was prepared by other Americans like “yo, French people and Europeans in general, are racist”. But just the fact that homie really started crying as a result of a racist comment, to be honest, is kind of refreshing. Like somewhere in the world, ignorance and racism are not something someone deals with in their daily life.
Living in America does desensitize us to racism. It’s so prevalent that it’s almost not that much of a big deal anymore. smh I can only remember one instance in England where my race was brought up (& we were literally the only black family in town lol) it wasn’t even in a negative way either. p.s. I don’t mind your rambling
That ish cray.