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    Posted August 15, 2013 by
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    Everyday racism: Your stories

    Black on Black discrimination

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mathteacherb says she doesn't think racism 'will ever be erased, at least not in my lifetime.' This story is part of CNN iReport’s Everyday Racism project, an effort to shine light on and spark discussion about racism in today’s world. Please note that CNN cannot independently verify the events described in this post.
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    We are a bi-racial couple, with three bi-racial children (Our 15th wedding anniversary is next week). We are super educated and successful. We didn't even have our first child until after my masters after nine years of marriage. But we are stuck with the racism, and stereotypes of a mixed couple. We owned a home, but I hated the neighborhood after the second and third child were born (at once haha!). We rented a home in a suburban neighborhood I loved, but then discovered we could buy a second home. When our West Indian (Jamaican), landlord approved us to sub-lease the home we rented from him, he then asked if the new renter was black or white. When my husband responded that she was black he flipped out, and refused to rent to her. He said he only rented to us because I was white. I called the CT housing authority and the case went to federal court. There is racism of all kinds, and I have experienced a lot. But the moment you see a great mother get denied housing you need to take a stand. We moved out 2 weeks later, but she is still in an impoverished neighborhood. We stuck through it and made sure justice was served. I still experience racism on a daily basis. I remember, before I was a teacher, the grocery store lady asked for my food stamp card while I was shopping with my three kids, when I made $110k a year by myself... we have not been served in restaurants, and have been denied service... but at the end of the day, I just teach my children that people are ignorant and there is not much you can do. Just keep your head held high and know where you come from. There is not one person on the face of the earth that can tell you where you belong, because it is in my heart and their hearts.

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