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    27 Racial Microaggressions People Of Color Are Tired Of Hearing

    Because words mean things. And also, you don't want to offend anyone.

    1. "Sorry. I don't date outside of my race."

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    What people of color hear: Wow. Major loss for you, sucker.

    What you could say: I've never had the privilege of dating someone outside of my race.

    2. "What do you mean you're not good at math?"

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    What people of color hear: Wow. You're all so smart, why are you the exception?!

    What you could say: How long did you study to prepare for the quiz today?

    3. "You're not like other [insert race here] people."

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    What people of color hear: You're cool, unlike the rest of those crazy brown people that look similar to you.

    What you could say: You're a really unique person.

    4. "So...what are you mixed with?"

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    What people of color hear: Wait, am I a recipe? I'm not "mixed" with anything.

    What you could say: Are you biracial?

    5. "I'm blacker than you."

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    What people of color hear: Or nah...

    What you could say: I apologize for being absolutely insufferable.

    6. "So...is it true what they say about [insert race here] guys?"

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    What people of color hear: Cool. Thanks for reducing me to my reproductive organs.

    What you could say: I'm going to remove myself from your presence until I learn how to properly speak to people.

    7. "Why are Asians always so quiet?"

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    What people of color hear: I'm using a tired generalization of the Asian population, but please, answer my question anyway.

    What you could say: You seem like a shy person.

    8. "Why does your religion condone terrible things?"

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    What people of color hear: Why is this person ignoring the fact that there's a very popular western religion that's responsible for millions of deaths?

    What you could say: I'm gonna take the initiative to learn more about your religion so that I don't sound like an ass.

    9. "It's crazy you don't have an accent!"

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    What people of color hear: It's blowing my mind that you're saying words that I, a normal human, can comprehend. Good job!

    What you could say: Your voice is soothing to my ears.

    10. "I don't see color."

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    What people of color hear: What do you see then? I'm right here and you don't see me?

    What you could say: I don't judge people based on their skin color.

    11. "I can't believe you listen to NPR."

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    What people of color hear: People of color don't care about the news, right?

    What you could say: What's your favorite show on NPR?

    12. "So, are you allowed to marry whoever you want?"

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    What people of color hear: Your culture is so weird. It's so crazy how they just force you to do things you don't wanna do.

    What you could say: Are you dating anyone?

    13. "You're really pretty for a [insert race here] girl."

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    What people of color hear: For a brown person, you really stand out. Bravo!

    What you could say: You're gorgeous.

    14. "Don't even think about pulling the race card."

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    What people of color hear: This person thinks talking about race is a just a fun thing to get people riled up.

    What you should say: I will be quiet and listen, especially since I am in no way able to tell you about the plight of your people.

    15. "Why do your people speak so ghetto?"

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    What POC hear: Y'all sound like a bunch of bumbling idiots.

    What you could say: I appreciate your culture. It's interesting.

    16. "Why is blackface bad, but white face isn't?"

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    What POC hear: I'm oblivious to the the last 200 years of American History.

    What you could say: I'm not sure why blackface is offensive, but I'll research it.

    17. "Why are black girls always so angry?"

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    What people of color hear: Damn, IDK. Should I phone the rest of the black women on Earth and hold a summit about why we're all so "angry?"

    What you could say: Is something bothering you today?

    18. "Can Asian people see just as well as white people?"

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    What people of color hear: White people are the norm. Don't you wish you were more like them?

    What you should say: You have stunning eyes.

    19. "You're really cute for a [insert race here] person."

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    What people of color hear: For a brown woman you're really doing well to not look like a frog.

    What you should say: You look great today.

    20. "God, it must be so easy for minorities to get into college."

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    What people of color hear: You guys can just check your race on college applications and you're in!

    What you could say: What's your safety school?

    21. "Why do you always do your hair so weird?"

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    What people of color hear: Your hair looks terrible. You should maybe conform and wear it straight, like normal people.

    What you could say: That's a beautiful hairstyle.

    22. "Why do you talk like a white person?"

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    What POC hear: Thank you for not speaking ebonics around me. I feel so much more comfortable.

    What you could say: I would love to hear you give a speech.

    23. "Why are Latinos always so loud?"

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    What people of color hear: Those darn hispanics are always so rambunctious, please speak for an entire population of people. You all do think alike, right?

    What you could say: Wow. You really know how to bring a room to life, don't ya?

    24. "So...what are you exactly?"

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    What people of color hear: Are you of this planet?

    What you could say: Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

    25. "I don't see you as black."

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    What people of color hear: So...you see me as Ebony? Are we playing a synonym game?

    What you could say: Race doesn't hinder me from wanting to get to know you.

    26. "You're really articulate."

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    What people of color hear: You speak real good for a darkie. Where'd you learn to talk like'at?!

    What you could say: You have an enchanting voice.

    27. "No, but where are you really from?"

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    What people of color hear: You're SO much different from me. You couldn't possibly have been born in the same place I was.

    What you could say: Did your family move around a lot when you were growing up?

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