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    Posted August 15, 2013 by
    csjpark
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    Slits

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     csjpark believes that over time racism has changed in a way where people are more covert. She shares that her in-laws often use racial slurs, but never in front of company and don't consider themselves racist. They've reasoned to her that if they are using racial slurs, then it's only because they were angry while doing so. She wonders whether her in-laws are actually racist or if they just don't see the connection between racial slurs and racism.

    'Some people would say it's the same thing and then certain other people would say it's different. The same applies to my mother-in-law,' she says. 'In her eyes she was trying to show some sort of affection toward my daughter. However in the process of doing that she used a racial slur.'

    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.
    - Jamescia, CNN iReport producer

    My daughter was just 6 months old or so at the time. My mother-in-law came to visit, leaned over the car seat, and said, look at her little slits. I was horrified that she was calling my daughter's eyes slits. I'm Korean-American.
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