- Posted August 28, 2013 by
Little Rock, Arkansas
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Everyday racism: Your stories
I've seen racism my entire life. I'm still surprised when I hear it or see it but, at the same time, I'm not surprised at all.
I come from an interracial family. My father is white and my mother is Hispanic. We are a combination of English, Czech, Spanish, Native American and Irish. However, we look very Mexican. This was proved once when we went to Borders. My family are very avid readers so we used to love the book store. We were banned from a certain Borders back a few years ago.
One of the workers stalked us around the store because we looked "like dirty Mexicans" and she wanted to "keep an eye on us". I had gotten something from the front of the store as you walk in, since they usually keep sale items there and had asked my mother for it. She said no, so, when I went to put it back, one of my younger sisters followed me with a book in her hand.
She tried to follow me out the door and set off the alarm, for which we immediately went to a cashier and explained and apologized. The woman who had been following us around, however, immediately confronted us, asked my sister if she was going to buy the book and called security on us. The officer said the woman had told him she'd overheard us talking about "putting things into our pants" and "walking out" with things.
Regardless, he found our mother, told us to leave immediately and we were warned never to return to that store. There are many more stories I have but perhaps for another time.