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7 Questions You Should NEVER Ask A Woman Of Color

We've all been asked these at least once

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"So where are you from?"

Yeah, I don't even need to explain this one...

Yeah, I don't even need to explain this one...

"Does this Hijab make my ass look fat?"

First off, no. Hijabs are worn on the head, not on the booty.Second, do not assume we know the first thing about Hijab fashion. Not all women of color wear Hijabs, and not all people who wear Hijabs are women of color. Hijab's are a choice that can be made by any woman of any race.

First off, no. Hijabs are worn on the head, not on the booty.

Second, do not assume we know the first thing about Hijab fashion. Not all women of color wear Hijabs, and not all people who wear Hijabs are women of color. Hijab's are a choice that can be made by any woman of any race.

"Can I call you a n***er if we're friends"

Sorry sweetie, but unless you're a black woman the n-word is off limits. No friendship can be strong enough to change that.

"Can you help me with my math homework?

While some of the smartest people in the world are women of color, assuming that we all can help you with your homework is incredibly ableist and leaves out the many women of color with intellectual disabilities. Secondly, assuming that we all can do math is perpetuating a stereotype. Remember, there's no such thing as a "positive stereotype."

"Do you need help with your math homework?"

Assuming women of color can't do math is a vicious stereotype that has harmed countless generations of talented young girls. If you see a woman of color who is clearly struggling with her math homework, don't assume it's because she's struggling.

"Do you know what time it is?"

"Colored people's time," or CPT, is a stereotype prevalent among white businessmen that people of color tend to be late to everything. If a woman of color comes in late, even if it's because she saved a family from a burning building on the way to work, she's bound to be asked dismissively by her boss "Do you know what time it is?"

"What kinds of questions can I ask a woman of color?"

Any. Assuming you need to filter your questions towards women of color implies that they're too fragile to handle tough questions.

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