We’re all a little racist.
There is this misconception that racist acts are limited to slurs or extreme acts of physical or verbal violence, but many don’t know that those are the less common acts of racism.
It’s the subtle ones that often go unnoticed that often happen.
From talking to a person of colour differently or to unconsciously assuming that they can’t really speak English properly just because they have an accent (don’t try to deny it. You HAVE thought of it). To the fetishization of certain ethnicities just because their stereotype paints them as submissive to lowering your standards of their work just because of the colour of their skin.
If you see or treat someone differently from the way you would treat someone of the same ethnicity as you, that’s racism.
Now don’t get me wrong. There are different cultural nuances and there’s a respectful way to treat everyone the same while being mindful of their different worldviews and beliefs. But society and media (we can’t blame one without the other because they’re the reflection of each other) has ingrained in us to always see race and to talk about race except when it truly matters.
It is without a doubt that we do believe in the stereotypes shaped by society and reinforced by the things we read and watch. It’s how we make sense of the world.
However, it is important for us to take a step back and question the way we see people. We don’t like to be generalised so why do we do that with others? Although it is human nature to put people into categories, it can grow to toxic to a point where we treat people differently and look down on people without realising it and our actions can create a snowball effect and worsen the situation.
We can be racist. We can be toxic. And we need to stop talking about the problem only when it becomes major. If we want to tackle the more blatant acts of racism, we need to first fix the smaller ones, especially within ourselves.