Series

Everyone’s A Little Bit Low Key Racist

Microaggressions and macro noses.
Show transcript
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Hey guys, my name is Laura.
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And today I'm going to talk about that one time that I was accidentally
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racist.
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When I was in high school.
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I had a friend who was Argentinian but she was raised in Japan
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She was really, really cool.
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She still is.
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I'm just like, damn girl.
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Are you so cool?
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One time she brought a friend that was visiting from Japan
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and she introduced her to me.
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And so the friend in Japanese goes to my friend, hey, tell her
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that her nose is really big.
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And so my friend goes, hey, my friend says that your nose is
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really big and I look at her and I'm like, ok.
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Um Yes, I know that it is why I was just a little confused because
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in my head, I'm like, bitch that's rude.
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And so she sees the face that I'm making and the friend goes
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No, no, no, I consider your nose very beautiful because it's
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so rare to see such a big nose in Japan.
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I'm like, please stop saying I have a big nose.
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But thank you so much.
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And so I put my hands together and I bow to her and I'm like, thank
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you so much.
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I, you saying that my nose is big and all of a sudden she changes
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her face and she goes, why did you bow to me?
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And I'm like, what do you mean?
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She's like, I'm not Chinese, I'm Japanese.
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That's really racist.
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And so to play it off, I was like, oh shit.
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No, I, you know, I was just saying thank you Jesus and I crossed
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myself.
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I'm like, thank you God, thank you that I have a big nose.
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Thank you that you're telling me I didn't know how to play it
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off.
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I did not know what to in that moment it was very awkward and
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obviously I came off as racist and ignorant, which in my defense
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there's not a big population of Asians in Miami.
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So I don't have a lot of Asian friends.
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I didn't know what to do.
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And I'm sorry because yes, I was a little ignorant and now I
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know that you don't bow to a Japanese person.
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After that.
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I was just like, OK, I need to do my research on this Asian culture
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because I clearly don't know any of it.
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And I don't want to look that ignorant.
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So I looked it up and I realized that in Japan people do bow but
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they have different vows for specific things.
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Like the one that I did was very racist.
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And apparently that's more for Chinese culture.
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And I just I was trying to be nice.
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You know, I was trying to be nice.
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I didn't mean any harm by it.
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I'm here defending myself.
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I'm trying to say I'm not a racist.
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No, I'm trying to say that everyone's a little bit racist.
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I didn't think I was racist and then I did this big ass racist
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bow in front of this Japanese girl.
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Like I didn't think that I was but I was, I'm just saying, do
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your research, have you ever been accidentally innocently
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racist?
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Because it happens to everyone.
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Don't, don't sit there and judge me because I know y'all have
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been through it as well.
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There are just so many cultures in the world.
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I can't possibly know all of them.
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Now, I'm not closing myself to not knowing about all of them
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I'm totally open to it.
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Share your story on the comments below and I will definitely
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read them so it could make me feel better about myself.
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Thank you so much for watching.
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My name is Laura.
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Don't be a racist.