Wearing a hoodie doesn’t threaten your lifeWhen you hear 'colonial' you think of New England cottages instead of dehumanization and empireYou’ve called something inconvenient ‘ghetto’You think Quvenzhané Wallis is harder to pronounce than Zach GalifiniakisYou’ve felt nostalgia for any time period besides the presentYou think you have an inner black womanYour prolonged adolescence is called “quirk”Your experiments in clothing and hair are viewed as ‘edgy’ instead of ‘ghetto’You’ve laughed a little too hard at Dave Chappelle skitsWhen people compliment you they don't imply you're a rare credit to your raceYou think eating hummus, avocados, or sriracha makes you a hip or more interesting personIf you’re 16 and pregnant, you get a tv showYour teen angst is validated and explored by pop cultureYou've asked to see the managerYou can expect the manager to look like youYour presence is interpreted as an improvement upon the neighborhoodWearing a beard doesn’t get you “randomly” searchedGeneralizations about you don’t get you killedYou’ve used slavery as an analogyYou think civilization started with youYou’ve reached into someone’s hair without askingYou can purchase “nude” high heels or “flesh” colored bandages and expect them to match your skinWhen you go shopping for makeup you know there will be products for your skin toneYou have access to many different narratives about your humanityYou’ve described a murderer as a “shy, quiet genius”You’ve almost always had classes in which only people of your race are covered or mentionedYou mention your race when it’s irrelevant/nobody caresYour graffiti is considered artYou assume people care about your opinion, even on topics you have no experience withYou can fail upwards in your careerYou can self identify as a gun nut and not end up on a FBI watchlistWhen things don’t go your way you expect authority figures to help youWhen you go missing CNN caresYou bristle when a person of color says “white people”You’ve never felt personally answerable for media representations of yourselfYou’ve felt excluded because of the existence of minority student groupsYou’ve used the phrase “digital lynching”You’ve asked to see someone’s birth certificateYou’ve dressed up as a race for HalloweenYou can speak without fearing your words will be used against your raceYou’ve done blackfaceYou’ve accused someone of reverse racismYou’ve called an athlete a thugYou’ve told someone you’ve always wanted to be with someone of their kindYou think you can’t be racist because you’ve had a relationship with a person of colorYou’ve told a cop “my taxes pay your salary”You expect to be protected by copsYou weren't born here but when people complain about immigration they never mean you or your familyYou’ve spoken up regarding accusations of bigotry more often than against actual bigotryYou’re not always punished for committing a crimeYou think whiteness is a phenotype or culture instead of an institution of powerYou participate in a society structured around your supremacy
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