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16 Instances Of Common Bullshit That Almost All People Of Color Have To Put Up With

Don't. Touch. Our. Hair.

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BuzzFeed Brazil asked people of color in our audience about the most annoying and frustrating scenarios that they regularly deal with. Here are some of their answers:

This post was part of BuzzFeed's celebration of Black Awareness Day in Brazil, which took place on Nov. 20.

1. When strangers try to touch your hair without asking...

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2. And then when they ask, "Do you wash your hair?"

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Followed by: "But how do you wash it?"

3. When you cut or shave your hair to get a job...

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Because you know it looks more "professional," whatever that means.

4. When you're mistaken for the cleaning staff...

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At work, at the mall, at a hotel — honestly, anywhere.

5. Or, because you're wearing a suit, you get mistaken for a security guard or valet.

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6. When you have a run-in with the police, and they decide to choose you as the ~person of interest~ out of all of your friends.

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7. Or when you're running to catch the bus, and get stopped by police.

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And of course, you miss your bus.

8. When you go to college and are part of the minority...

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9. And, to top it off, have your intelligence underestimated all the time there because people assume you got in because of affirmative action...

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10. When you go to the mall and somehow always get your very own security detail following you around the store...

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11. When you don't get introduced to your significant other's parents because of the color of your skin...

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12. And when you're considered "lucky" to be dating a white person.

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13. When you ask someone on the street for the time, and they become obviously afraid of you.

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And they suddenly seem to hold their purses just a little tighter.

14. When you're in the security line at the airport, and you have to get your hair searched...

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15. When you can't find makeup for your skin tone...

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16. And finally, when you're told that you're "very pretty for a [insert race here] girl."

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Yea, thanks but no thanks.

This post was translated from Portuguese.

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