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I've never quite understood when people complain about one particular race and then call racism. I've experienced racism from all races. In the Army, I was under a black 1sg. He clearly hated everyone that was not black. He screamed at us at minimum twice a day to tell us how we were all trash Sergeants. He would make sure to get in our faces and push the limits of our patience. It was so obvious that while in a formation, for example, there was 5 guys in the front. We'll say guys 1,2,3,4,5. Guy 2 and 4 are black. He would scream and spit in the faces of guys 1, 3, and 5 and completely skip guys 2 and 4. This was daily and nobody would help us, not even the Commander or Inspector General. The Sergeants got together to make complaints to IG everyday and all they wouldn't do anything. In fact it made it even worse because he would retaliate with extra duty and worse treatment.
I am Latino. My last girlfriend was an Iranian immigrant from Tehran, Iran. Her parents hated me because I was Latino. Apparently due to stereotypes, I am guaranteed to be a failure, uneducated, and bring her family down because that's what us Latinos do. I got stereotyped by immigrants that were still in their first generation here in America waiting on citizenship. They forced her to break up with me while I was in Afghanistan doing Humanitarian Assistance as Civil Affairs in the Army. We were together for 3 years.
When I was growing up through middle school and high school I could never make Hispanic friends. They would tell me I was a fake Mexican because I didn't speak Spanish and to get the hell away from them. They bullied me almost everyday because I wasn't Mexican enough for them. I ended up hanging out with the White people and the Black people because they were the most accepting and friendly.
My life experiences have made me understand that racism is everywhere and is not just by one race. Everybody has their run ins with racists and I don't believe it will ever change. The most important part is to try not to let them ruin your life and be better than them in every aspect.