My daughter grew up in the suburbs. Most of her friends were White and for the most part any mention of racism from me was met with "Dad, that's your generation, it doesn't happen any more." or something to that effect. When she turned 17 she got a job at a Tex-Mex themed restaurant. All was well until she called me angry and crying about her manager told her she couldn't wear her hair braided because it was 'too ethnic!" My daughter understands the meaning of the term ethnic and was shocked that it was used as a euphemism for "Black". All the White girls could wear their hair anyway they desired. She now understands that racists don't come at you in the middle of the night with hoods and white robes, its more microagression - little innuendos and acts of aggression that take the place of overt racism.
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