Negra” Don’t Judge My Color Ignorance Judges and makes Assumptions. Being Judged by the Color of my skin I won’t tolerate.
Do you know where racism begins? In the family, among friends, acquaintances, and strangers. Do people always know when they’re expressing racism? Not always, people copy cat one another, they pick up habits, phrases, and behaviors that are not only wrong in manner and perception but just plain ignorant because they haven’t been taught anything else. As people when seeing with our eyes, the mind associates those habits, phrases and misguided perceptions of what people think to be right.
The focal point of this association which leads to stereotyping is primarily due to the color of one’s skin as well as to race. The majority of Americans of Mexican descent whose skin is darker are highly discriminated then those of their white-skinned counterparts.
This group of people is primarily targeted the most because of their color. If your a woman of darker skin color your more likely to be treated with male domination, spoken at as if you don’t comprehend “English” physically or sexually abused, criticized more among family members and strangers.
I want to point out for those who have a darker complexion of skin are seen by others as negro or in my case negra‘. I never stopped to think about this as a child growing up, who does? However, the mind tends to associate the idea or understanding of being “black”, which I’m not, but it’s due to my olive skin color I am still viewed as black.
It’s my own theory, that the mind sees everything as black if it’s not seen as white. Much of this could be blamed for the many centuries rooted into whites being inferior of dark-skinned people, which I believe they are and its the reason for centuries of oppression.
Anyone who has dealt with this type of ignorance and stupidity from others has been racialized to label any woman or man, as negra’ or negro, and is the worst racists put down I’ve dealt with. It all began when I was a child, yet, I am not the only one, as I once overheard an older woman express the same experience.
I also had a relative who was being told the same thing from her sisters. My question is why do people associate this word with the color of skin? Is this the only way the brain can relate to whatever it doesn’t understand or can’t comprehend? Associating my skin color as black has nothing to do with my race or who I am as a human. I am not African American, I am Native American and Mexican my color is tanned with a red tint. Regardless of my race, it’s ignorant to refer to someone in this manner.
Of course, as a child, I wasn’t offended, from my mother referring to me like this, yet she never called my brother Jack “negro”, why? because he is male, that’s why?
For many years growing up my mother used to call me negra’ it was a pet name for me. She had other names I was referred to, but this particular name stood out the most. As a child I didn’t find it to be offense until I started getting older, this is where I began to dislike it less and less.
Why she singled me out among my other siblings I still don’t understand? During my time at Northridge in a women’s study program, after many readings, I learned it was extremely racists. I later pointed this out to my mother she never used those names again.
News Flash: If your a young woman experiencing the same idiotic verbal mistreatment, share this information and read a little up on stereotypes that way you have a stronger argument with the person your’e confronting. I’m sure they will think twice before speaking at you in a demeaning way again.
Three reasons why American’s of Mexican decent are stereotyped.
1) Darker skin humans because of their complexion appear more stereotypical Mexicans. It is also reported these people suffer more with experiences of discrimination than their lighter skin counterparts.
2) More educated Mexicans experience a higher level of stereotyping and discrimination than their less educated counterparts, which is partly due to their greater contact with whites.
3) Having these higher levels of discrimination and racism leads to disadvantages in education, social interaction, and the ability to relate to racial outcomes.
The unfortunate circumstance of this is many humans are not going to understand these bias’s as they are occurring and might find themselves unconsciously endorsing them.
For me, growing up experiencing all of this is where my anger began with the ongoing mistreatment of these stereotypes and racists attitudes. It continued on through college and still from time to time I deal with it from strangers everywhere I go, it generally comes from those who are white and some who non-white.
Due to these biased perceptions, Mexicans have been racialized throughout the U.S. and history. This limits Mexicans whether they are born in the U.S or not, to education and participation in society. I have personally dealt with a great deal of racism in my life with family and strangers within society. How do I deal with it, I am asked? I don’t, I just blatantly put that person in their place, as I have a zero tolerance for bullshit.
How can you deal with it? As a person who has experienced this so many times, my advice is read and self educate yourself as much as possible with anything you need to know. Don’t ever limit yourself, that way you have a better chance at winning battles that come your way. American history is something very little people have a real understanding of, especially all those stupid white people and the U.S Gov
When your well read and understand these areas you can then use your voice to counter attack the discrimination you are facing with knowledge. This will stop anyone in their tracks, because they won’t know enough to argue back.
White people primarily are guilty to behave this way towards Black Americans and Mexicans. They are usually the first to attack, so be ready. Never allow them to make you feel less of a human. You are a human being, make sure they know that. Fuck those ignorant white people!! And anyone else who endorses this fucked up thinking!