Link: ” I refused to be seen in public with my Chinese mother for almost a decade because it guaranteed racial slurs or harassment.”

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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

Anonymous asked: I refused to be seen in public with my Chinese mother for almost a decade because it guaranteed racial slurs or harassment. The most that happened around my white dad was people staring at us and whispering. After my dad passed away I felt completely lost and terrified because I no longer had that protection, and with no white extended family I literally did not know how to go on. We had to move to a racially diverse area 2 states away to even function in society without fear. It was awful.
I think this ask is supposed to showcase how you are protected by white family in public in terms of harassment and racism but as someone with a Chinese mom I can’t help but wonder if you just outright refused to go outside with your mom at all? Like your mom could not escape the racism that was thrown at her?
Neither of my parents could escape racism and I couldn’t pick and choose which one to go out with in order to escape that. Even as a child, I was not afforded the luxury of being ignorant to that because I had to be my mom’s protector, white people would look at me as the 2nd generation and expect me to be the translator, even though my mom could speak English, even as a child my unaccented English was deemed better than my mother’s.
I don’t know where I’m going with this but the way this was worded made me extremely uncomfortable. I understand the point that you were making about being protected from racism, but still.
– Melody

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