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u/cyanideclipse 7d ago

The irony is that when I've heard people taking the piss outta Chinese they sound closer to Thai than manderin

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u/tehKrakken55 7d ago

Not to mention Ls sounding like Rs is a Japanese thing.

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u/Pandaburn 7d ago

Yes and no. In mandarin, L sounds are common at the start of words/syllables, and in some dialects a sound very much like an English R is common at the end of a word/syllable.

So replacing a terminal L sound with an R is definitely something a mandarin speaker might do.

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u/cyanideclipse 7d ago

My dad speaks Cantonese and still has a bit of an accent but still unfortunately has trouble pronouncing his "Rs" correctly

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u/Gar-ba-ge 7d ago

Lol reminds me of an episode of South Park where the Chinese immigrant guy and the Japanese immigrant guy had competing restaurants next to each other and the first thing I thought of was "wow they got the stereotypical accents 'right' :D"

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u/goatharper 8d ago

Sikhs were murdered after 9/11 because the rednecks thought they were Arabs.

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u/MarilynMansonsRib 7d ago

An Indian coworker of mine was harassed several times in the months after 9/11. Like what the shit man? She's wearing a saree and has a fucking bindi, how god damned ignorant can you be?

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u/DitaVonPita 7d ago

Reminds me of that scene from space force.

"What's your relationship to India?"

"None, I'm Chinese."

"And wouldn't you say India and china are... On the same continent?"

"...Yes?"

Awkward silence

"You're free to go."

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u/hoor_jaan 7d ago edited 7d ago

After Bin Laden was killed some American dude asked my (Indian) uncle how far away from his home did that happen. Probably a thousand miles in a different country was the answer.

Edit : He didn't know this guy, he was asking seeing that my uncle is brown.

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u/MiaLba 7d ago

I’m Eastern European and Muslim and was asked if my family and I knew Bin Laden or his family.

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u/hysterical_landmark 7d ago

Oh, you guys never connected at the meetings?

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u/MiaLba 7d ago

Shhh!! We don’t talk about that.

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u/alexfilmwriting 7d ago Helpful

"We don't talk about Bruno Laden."

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u/thesaddestpanda 7d ago

Oh you're white? It must be weird when you meet with the remaining Hitler family for Christmas!

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u/usedtobejuandeag 7d ago

It would be but the living ones all fought against Hitler, so it’s not so bad.

Now, about those Jackie Chan autographs…

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u/dontshoot4301 7d ago

So? Do you? Don’t leave us hanging like that!

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u/MiaLba 7d ago

I mean we just got together like once, not a big deal!

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u/Adrax_Three 7d ago

Dude! You can't kiss and tell!

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u/my-name-is-puddles 7d ago

People just really suck at geographical distances in general for places they aren't familiar with, and they pretty much universally underestimate the distance rather than overestimate. My friend in Korea was shocked to find out that it was like a 6 hour drive from the Twin Cities to Chicago. In college some international students from Sweden (which is by no means a small country) I knew, who had been in the US for like 6 months already, told me their plans to rent a car and drive to Miami for the weekend.... from Northern Minnesota. Like they wanted to leave after class Friday, spend the weekend in Miami, and then be back for classes on Monday.

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u/SoIJustBuyANewOne 7d ago

While that is quite egregious, i have an example on a smaller scale.

Living and growing up in atlanta, our streets are well spaced to say the least. Walking from 10th street to 17th street is like 20 minute venture...in my new how of San Jose, walking from 10th to 17th take 10 minutes. The streets are much closer together in San Jose and my mind still hasn't gotten used to it. I still overestimate trip lengths by 50% to 100% because the spacing of the streets makes me think I am zoomed really far out on the map.

It's nuts what you subconsciously calculate.

Again, no excuse for miami to minnesota, but I think it is interesting none the less

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u/thomasp3864 7d ago

Welcome to San Jose

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u/Falark 7d ago Helpful

The best way I've read the difference between Americans and Europeans put is that Europeans think that 100 miles is a long distance and Americans think 100 years is a long time.

Just different frames of reference.

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u/Junior-Lie4342 7d ago

We were vacationing outside of Tampa once when I was in high school and my friends’ dad was really pushing “hey, why don’t we drive to Miami today?” Sure, what a fun 5-hour jaunt that would be. People are clueless.

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u/IamtheBlackLizards 7d ago

Tampa to Miami can be done in about three hours. Locals do it all the time.

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u/marquesini 7d ago

Wtf, use maps people.

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u/LeaperLeperLemur 7d ago

Technically the place Bin Laden was killed (Abbottabad) is less than 100 miles away from disputed Indian territory.

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u/HolycommentMattman 7d ago

Not to undercut your point, but there's a saying where "Europeans think 100 miles is a long way, and Americans think 100 years is a long time."

If I were a racist in Texas, I certainly wouldn't think 1000 miles is that far.

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u/Toasty_Jones 7d ago

In his defense Pakistan and India are neighbors so I guess maybe he knew that? Lol

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u/Dartarus 7d ago

Don't defend idiots, that just encourages them.

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

That's like asking someone in Boston how far away from their home the prison El Chapo escaped from was.

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u/PWL9000 7d ago

You over estimate us... everything west of Worcester (pronoumced Wustah) is 1000 mi away. Springfield's like... I dunno kid like eleventy hundreds miles away or sumthin"

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u/panacrane37 7d ago edited 7d ago

El Chapo? He’s the kid Sully and them used to hang around with in Medfid, right? They put him in MCI Nohfick, that’s out in the sticks near Fahxbro I think. Or sumthin, I dunno, go fahk ya self kid.

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u/BrohanGutenburg 7d ago

It’s an insensitive question to begin with. But if I’m honest, I sometimes have trouble telling Indians and Pakistanis apart. Not usually, but sometimes. And I tend to be very good at identifying ethnicities.

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u/Tyro_tk 7d ago

I mean

Pakistan was India

Just that a century before

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u/jawndell 7d ago

And Ireland was part of the UK a century ago, too. Good luck calling someone from Ireland a British.

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u/Tyro_tk 7d ago

Quoting my favorite british baker: "The Irish have always been difficult, Tommy. They have for about fucking 700 years"

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u/MarilynMansonsRib 7d ago

Lol. I really should watch that show.

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u/alejandor2411 7d ago

Are the reviews good? I know it exists but haven't really found a reason to watch it other than Steve Carrell

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u/arseniobillingham21 7d ago

I enjoyed it. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s a good mindless comedy to wind down with. I think the supporting cast is the best thing about it though. Carrell is serious throughout, and the rest of the cast plays off him. And I pretty much enjoy anything with John Malkovich.

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u/SeriesXM 7d ago

This is the perfect review. Also, I found it much more enjoyable to binge the episodes back-to-back. If I split it up over several days, my enthusiasm went down and I lost the continuity (this might be a personal problem). It's not a bad show and there are quite a few hilarious scenes, but it wasn't really a memorable show overall, other than the great cast. If it never comes back for a 3rd season, I'll probably forget about it.

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u/MatureUsername69 7d ago

It got cancelled after season 2. If you want a top tier Greg Daniels show that is going to continue for at least a while check out Upload if you haven't. It does a lot more than Space Force with a lot less of a powerhouse cast. Craziest thing to me is that both Greg Daniels and Mike Schur separately pitched 2 shows about the afterlife on like either the same day or week without really knowing about it.

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u/SeriesXM 7d ago

Cant say I'm upset about the cancelation.

I actually just finished the latest episode of Upload and I agree it's really good. It's not at the top of my list, but it's up there.

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u/DitaVonPita 7d ago

The reviews aren't amazing but honestly I think it's worth watching. It's a critique on the American system, and specifically on the overfunding and underhanding in the military. It's extremely funny imo. Lisa kudrow as pseudo-nice mom also really adds to it.

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u/Danno47 7d ago

haven't really found a reason to watch it other than Steve Carrell

Uhhhhh...so nobody's told you John Malkovich is in it? Dude, John Malkovich is in it!

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u/SolitaireyEgg 7d ago

In my opinion, it's not very good.

It's one of those shows that just doesn't work, unfortunately. Like, on paper, it should be amazing. Great cast, amazing concept. But it just falls flat for some reason.

I really wanted to like it but gave up after 5 episodes or so.

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u/ThatOldAndroid 7d ago

That was how I felt the first time around (also gave up) but after giving it some time past the initial hype I randomly turned it on again and put my phone away. It was hilarious

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u/Amakaphobie 7d ago

its not as good as the office but its funny and definitely has its moments. I'd give it a go.

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u/IDKTheAlphabet 7d ago

You rely on reviews and ppl abuse them harshly

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u/rockidr4 7d ago

The reviews for the first season are terrible and I don't really understand why. It's a very earnest show in its relationships, often setting up a tired trope and then not doing said tired trope at all.

The second season has much better reviews, and again, I don't understand why. Where as the first season avoided tired tropes, instead choosing to allow the characters to express real human relationships, the second season does away with the absurd space antics poking fun at the existence of and creation of space force, and replacing that source of comedy with... Tired sitcom tropes. Like... I don't... Understand. If you gutted out the first season, that meant you enjoyed that set up and WANTED the silly workplace stuff and the earnest human stuff. But in changing the second season to appeal to the critics who hated that, they now have a show that no one has any real reason to watch all the way through.

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u/masterblaster422 7d ago

I was called a “terrorist” in middle school by this one kid over and over again. I’m brown (not Arab or Muslim) and he was white. I found out he’s in the military now. I hope he’s not as prejudiced as he was back then

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u/buttercupcake23 7d ago

I'm so sorry to break this to you

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u/masterblaster422 7d ago

Lol I know but I can hope

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u/shawnisboring 7d ago

He's not only just as prejudiced, he's also got a brand new mustang @ 24% APR, a wife that cheats on him when he's deployed. Also, he's always deployed because his wife hates him and he's got three kids at home and who has time for that shit.

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u/BootWizard 7d ago

One of my classmates in college was called a terrorist by the professor of the class...in a lecture. It took 4 of us going to the dean of the school twice over a 6 month period before she was fired.

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u/HELYEAHBORTHER 7d ago

I'm glad to hear she was. Good on all of you for getting it done.

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u/Kajimishima2 7d ago

So was I, by a lot of people. I'm white, i just have curly dark hair. And all my life white people have assumed I'm not white.

They don't know and don't care what anyone is, as soon as they spot a difference they put you in a box.

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u/4dailyuseonly 7d ago

Yeeeep. I'm a Choctaw native and I WISH I had a dollar for everytime a white person started speaking bad Spanish to me.

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u/nothisistheotherguy 7d ago

I went to Marie Gras in NO in Feb 2002 and my Filipino friend caught a lot of harassment… my opinion of the average American intelligence has only gone downhill since then

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u/earlyviolet 7d ago

I spent a weekend in Copenhagen with my Filipina friend and the number of people just LEERING at her was so fucking awkward. Like they'd never seen an Asian woman in their lives.

My blond hair, blue eyed self got the same treatment in India when I traveled there. People are so weird.

Just leave other people alone and mind ya business, it's not that hard.

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u/HIMP_Dahak_172291 7d ago

I have red hair and when I was a kid we would cross the border to mexico to go eat authentic mexican food (si much better than the Tex/mex stuff served in most of the US). So many people would come up to me and rub my head. So very many. It was weird as hell. I guess when a population is really homogeneous people with different features stand out, but its still strange and a bit unsettling to receive that kind of attention. Particularly when its physical.

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u/nothisistheotherguy 7d ago

Yeah to your second anecdote, have traveled to East Asia a few times so it’s pretty unnerving to have folks just stand and unabashedly stare at you. Though it is funny to spot another white person 2 blocks away and try to catch up and talk to them just to find out they’re from a completely different country and don’t speak your language!

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u/KuroKen70 7d ago

My sister and I are half Spanish. The thing is, I look 'mestizo' (half-indigenous) and she gets an absolute pass as a Galician woman (N.Spain) in the early 90s we were there visiting dad's family and people kept glancing at my Apocalypto-looking-self when we were out and about. I found in odd at first, but it was 'meh' after the 1st couple of days. Then we went to visit the small city of Ourense to stay with cousins and they were hosting an exchange student from Jamaica and whatever attention I thought I was getting paled in comparison

Tonya was pretty, outgoing and black...dear Lord! Even as a young guy I was mortified by the looks she got when the three of us went out to do touristy things.

People are weird and creepy

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u/AgentSteelThursday 7d ago

I have no idea what any of these things are

...I'm just not bigoted so it doesn't matter

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u/MarilynMansonsRib 7d ago

A saree is one of the traditional dresses that Indian women often wear, and a bindi is the traditional "red dot" on their forehead that (I think) signifies that they're married.

Even if you don't know what they're called, you're most likely smart enough to recognize that a woman in traditional Indian dress isn't a "scary arab terrorist" or some shit.

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u/WhereRtheTacos 7d ago

I was a kid and my friend couldn’t come trick or treating with us that year because their family was from India and her mom was too worried (and rightly so) to let her go with us.

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u/MarilynMansonsRib 7d ago

That's infuriatingly sad.

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u/KuroKen70 7d ago

Never, ever let the ignorance level of the average uncultured American surprise you.

If you expect for someone to know the average height of say an 18 year old caucasian male and they answer "green" you must keep your poker face.

We are really odd as a society, we don't do 'moderate' anything it seems, it is either all or nothing: like those of us who geek out, go full bore and can tell you about say India's favorite brand of cashew wine (yes those are all things that are real) and then on the other end some dude will honestly wonder how and when 'our' Indians got here from actual India

I've traveled a bit and even in Latin America, the perception and opinions of other cultures, while more guarded than in the US, also seem more discerning people are much more willing to also 'ask' than to jump to conclusions.

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u/DrAstralis 7d ago

how god damned ignorant can you be?

its starting to become apparent there is no lower bound on that variable.

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u/baryoniclord 7d ago

Conservatives aka regressives do not value education.

They do not value Science.

Indeed, they have been underfunding public education in the US for decades. Their goal is to produce idiots who will vote for them. They are evil.

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u/AirinAField 7d ago

I love that this is a fourfer, since obviously Americans didn't do 9/11, not all Arabs are Muslim, and not all Muslims are terrorists.

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u/xMAXPAYNEx 7d ago

What's a fourfer?

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u/Cherios_Are_My_Shit 7d ago

it's like a twofer but instead of two for one it's four for one.

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u/OrphanGrounderBaby 7d ago

Americans didn’t do 9/11, yeah uh huh and Santa isn’t really.

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u/CrumbsAndCarrots 7d ago

My mom is a right winger. Her closest friend is a miserable obese racist who you’d assume was trolling you with the amount of stupid ill informed shit that comes out of her mouth “Walmart only sells things that are made in America.” Is something that has stuck with me for 20 + years now. She really believes that.

Anyways, after 911 she verbally attacked the 711 clerk who is Sikh. She was banned from that 711 and it was the only sort of “injustice” she ever experienced in her entire life (except for wearing masks and getting a vaccine, now she’s fully oppressed). There’s zero part of her brain that can differentiate any cultures or has any interest in it. Pretty wild shit. Passing through life like an absolute pile of trash.

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u/redkinoko 7d ago

Civilization has advanced enough to allow people like her to go through most of her life without any hint of real adversity but she's genetically programmed to survive a harsh world. The mismatch between her instincts and actual environment forces her to manufacture dangers where they might be, and play them up to a level that would fill the expectations of hardship.

It's always unfortunate wherever you encounter such people, living in what might be the pinnacle of societal safety but not wanting to acknowledge it.

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u/CrumbsAndCarrots 7d ago edited 7d ago

My conservative dad refuses to call any Asian food anything other than “Chinese foo”.

“Dad. This isnt Chinese food. It’s Thai. Big difference.”

“It’s all the same.”

“It’s actually not.”

Zero culture. Zero interest in acknowledging that anyone exists beyond the American bubble of strip mall food courts. As if it’s something to be proud of. I grew up under these people and found my way out of that narrow thinking. Thank fucking Christ.

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u/redkinoko 7d ago

I know it's weird coming from an asian immigrant, but I kind of understand why older American people aren't familiar with these things. Sushi and ramen weren't even a mainstream thing in the US until the 80s. And the even more niche food like Thai and Vietnamese were pretty inaccessible because there wasn't any focus on them on TV shows, and the internet was not a thing. Chinese takeout had a head start, and to some extent, indian food. Everything else? New.

That means majority of the older generations grew up never being exposed to these foods until recently?

Mix it with the hardheadedness of older age and you get what you see in your dad.

I know too many people like that as well.

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u/PlantsBeerCats 7d ago

Yeah the ignorant really rose to the occasion. I grew up in NJ and had two uncles harassed in the aftermath, my father’s (heavily bearded and of Sicilian descent) brother and my mom’s BIL (born in India). They were both mistaken for Arabs by morons. And this was in North Jersey, one of the more diverse places in the country. Not to skip over the fact that even if they were Arabs it’s their god damn right to exist and inhabit the US.

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u/ChaosDevilDragon 7d ago

My dad and brother got harassed at work and school respectively after 9/11 for being Muslim in NYC. Hell, my dad was harassed until the day he retired by his Italian-American, Staten Island coworkers. The kicker is we’re fucking albanian and white as shit. Paler than my dad’s coworkers. My brother was (and I still am) blonde. Can’t even imagine what other bullying Muslim kids endured

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u/MiaLba 7d ago

That’s so crazy. I’m Bosnian and Muslim and I was able to often hide it that I was Muslim, I was the only muslim kid in my school and my parents were afraid for my safety after 9/11. Sometimes when people found out they’d say things like “how can you be Muslim if you’re white?”

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

My Filipino mother practically begged me to shave my beard off before I travelled to the USA for the first time in 2016, she was convinced that I was going to be mistaken for a middle eastern man and treated as one.

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u/PlantsBeerCats 7d ago

Yeah, unfortunately I could see that happening. I do hope you had a good and safe visit.

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

Yeah, I enjoyed it for the most part.

It was actually kinda shocking. I thought I spoke English really well but more than a few people literally couldn't understand me because of my accent.

That accent was Australian. I was born and grew up in Australia with English as my only language. I've literally never had someone fail to understand what I was saying until I went to America. And that includes the Philippines and a lot of SE Asia

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u/Charles_Skyline 7d ago edited 7d ago

rednecks

New Yorkers were attacking Muslim cab drivers.. so not just rednecks.

edit: To everyone saying what they believe rednecks are Merriam-Webster has this definition:

"a white member of the Southern rural laboring class"

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u/Leonicles 7d ago

Sadly, same in Providence, RI. I literally wrote in my little 11yo diary on Sept 12, 2001, something along the lines of "they caught the bad guy who did it! He was at the train station and they held him down until the police got there!"

The poor man was Sikh.

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u/KingKang22 7d ago

Wait, so random people thought a random Sikh was a terrorist and held him down?

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u/DifficultMinute 7d ago

"I've been all over the world doing this job, and let me tell ya, there are rednecks everywhere." - Jeff Foxworthy

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u/VegetableNo1079 7d ago

They mean White Supremacist, not all Rednecks are racists & not all White Supremacists are Rednecks, or even like Rednecks.

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u/andsoitgoes42 7d ago

I live in western canada, a good friend I worked with in 2001 happened to be brown.

At that time, he had experienced very little, if any, outright racism.

The comments he got afterward were, well, insane. It's like as though he had the audacity of being darker skin toned he was automatically a terrorist.

Also, when family guy got it right, they really got it right

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u/of_a_varsity_athlete 7d ago

Iraqis were murdered after 911 because the White House claimed they did 911.

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u/daftpenguin 7d ago

In 1982 a Chinese American named Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two auto workers who were upset by Japan's domination of the auto industry. They got three years' probation and a $3,000 fine.

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u/vbats1 7d ago edited 7d ago

There is a really good movie which explored this occurrence called "My Name is Khan"

edit: I should note that the film isn't about sikhs specifically but a Hindu/ Muslim couple.

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u/DidItForTheJokes 7d ago

A whole country was invaded because people thought South Asians were Arab

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u/mikesmith929 7d ago

It's doubly insulting when you know why Sikhs exists basically.

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u/xMAXPAYNEx 7d ago

What's your understanding of sikhi if I may ask?

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u/GozerDaGozerian 7d ago

Dated a girl who was born and raised in Brooklyn (or the Bronx, I dont know NY very well) and her family was essentially run out of town for being brown.

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u/stanleythemanley420 7d ago

“It’s coming right for us!!!”

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u/invisibledooley 7d ago

It is really cool that they can speak both Thai and Mandarin.

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u/the_other_Scaevitas 7d ago

And they speak English too, that’s like at least 3 languages

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u/danyellster 7d ago

I am not a racist but I can 100% not tell the difference.

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u/AngelicIcefire 7d ago

Same but tbf I can't tell the difference between a lot of languages verbally.

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u/Insert-Username-Plz 7d ago

Half the time I can’t even understand English

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u/Double-0-N00b 7d ago

What'd he say?

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u/VisualGeologist6258 7d ago edited 7d ago

I think he said “blessed are the cheese makers! The Greek shall inherit the earth!”

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u/KrugerDunningWoman 7d ago

It's not meant to be taken literally, it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.

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u/Haugerud 7d ago

They're selling chocolate.

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u/bluelonilness 7d ago

CHOCOLATE????

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u/Ihatepizzabigwoop 7d ago

Sweet, sweet chocolate

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u/pmursmile 7d ago

Chiao, It's Italian, it means food

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u/good-old-coder 7d ago

Try talking to Scottish people

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u/danyellster 7d ago

LMAOO same

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u/xylodactyl 7d ago

He's not saying non-racists will be able to, just that racists definitely won't.

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u/ODIEkriss 7d ago

Difference is non racists aren't assholes who go out of their way to terrorize Asian granny's.

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u/Careless-Pang 7d ago

That’s a really great observation

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u/riskbreaker23 7d ago

Same. Although I'm getting better. If I listen long enough I can tell the difference between Chinese and Korean.

I can definitely tell when it's Japanese, though.

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u/bunglejerry 7d ago

Half of Korean sentences end with "yo". And Korean (which is not a tonal language) has a very distinct melody.

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u/Eldendune 7d ago

Korean is a dead give away in 5 seconds. But I live in the west coast where I can pick them out very quickly since I’m used to it.

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u/riskbreaker23 7d ago

Yeah, that's probably why I can pick up on Japanese like instantly. Where I live we have A LOT of japanese people where as I've not met many Korean or Chinese.

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u/drunk-tusker 7d ago

I can, but I went to a massively international school with lots of people from lots of countries mostly in Asia. Thai and Chinese aren’t even particularly similar, and really wouldn’t be confused for each other if you know what you’re listening for. That last caveat is massive because it’s entirely possible that you’ve literally never been exposed to either in any significant way.

Honestly for me, and only when I am not paying attention, Korean and Japanese are the only East Asian languages that I would confuse, this is only when I don’t pay attention because I speak Japanese at home so whether or not I understand what the other person is saying is a massive tell.

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u/Not-A-Lonely-Potato 7d ago

Names and intonation are usually the easiest way for me to tell (unless it's Japanese, since I studied it in college and am a weeb, then it's pretty easy for me to distinguish). Easiest way to differentiate language for me is seeing the writing.

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u/Ott621 7d ago

I'm not racist but...

Ya know, this may be the first time I believe someone who says that lol

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u/danyellster 7d ago

Big facts

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u/casulius 7d ago

The five Asian languages you named all belong to different language families while Nordic languages all fall under North Germanic (Except for Finnish which belongs to Finno-Ugric), which explains why it's harder to tell them apart.

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u/dustybizzle 7d ago

Same, Nordic and Scandinavian languages (come to think of it I don't even think I know the difference between those terms lol) all sound pretty much the same to me.

Some Asian languages I'd definitely have a hard time distinguishing between (Thai, Khmer and Lao for example) but Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and Thai, and possibly even Cantonese, I could figure out pretty quickly I think.

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u/Trollasol 7d ago

The scandinavian languages are all very similar though. Im Finnish and my swedish teacher said she could read Norwegian newspaper because she understands swedish

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u/EnderWigginsGhost 7d ago

I bet if you heard them back to back a few times you could. They have very different ways of speaking, cadence, sounds, etc. I don't speak either, but I watch a lot of dramas that are in Thai, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean, and although some people's accents can be tricky, you can generally tell if they speak long enough, even to a monolingual American ear.

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u/Josh6889 7d ago

I think most people would be able to tell the difference honestly if they heard Mandarin and someone told them it was mandarin, then heard Thai and someone told them it was Thai.

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u/danyellster 7d ago

I commented on another post about a comedian who basically did just this and after I watched him I was just like holy shit they are so different. Like, I always knew that they were different but you're exactly right, hearing them back to back like that it's just asounding how different they really are.

It's so crazy how language evolves

Edit: voice to text because I'm too lazy to type.

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u/Poop_rainbow69 7d ago

I think if you heard them side by side you'd know there was a difference, but you might not know which is which.

I've got Thai in laws. Thai is distinct compared to Chinese to me... But that doesn't mean rednecks would know the difference. To many of them, the entire Asian continent is china

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u/danyellster 7d ago

To many of them Asia is a country.

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u/steveofthejungle 7d ago

Well yeah but the difference is you’re not gonna target or harass them for speaking Chinese

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u/Links_Wrong_Wiki 7d ago

If you give them an honest listen for about 30 minutes, you'll be able to tell. Thai and Mandarin sound completely different.

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u/littlerike 7d ago

I can't even tell the difference when you get East of Germany.

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u/dieinafirenazi 7d ago

I took three years of Mandarin way back in my college years so I can recognize it. Hooray for me! I can even say hello, thank you, and like three other phrases.

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u/TheObstruction 7d ago

Nothing wrong with that. If you haven't heard one of them much, you wouldn't know what makes it different. I certainly couldn't tell Thai from Chinese, but definitely could tell Japanese from Chinese.

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u/scriggle-jigg 7d ago

You should look up the differences, then you will be able in the future

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u/nolmurph97 7d ago

Same, I could only probably pick out like 2 languages I don’t speak just from hearing them

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u/CaffeineSippingMan 7d ago

Same. To be fair I have a hard time with accents. My gaming buddy is Australian or from England I can't remember and since I am not racists I don't need to remember.

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u/nowiforgotmypassword 7d ago

Laugh if you want but I can easily tell Mandarin from Thai so long as I can see the speech bubbles when they talk.

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u/CasualOpal 7d ago

Just dont forget to turn the subtitles on.

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u/langston02 7d ago

[foreign language]

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u/kodayume 7d ago

Polite particles

The most important ones to know of these are kráp (for men) or kâ (for women), which should be said at the end of almost every sentence in order to be polite. For instance, if you bump into someone on the street it would be slightly rude to just say kor toht ('sorry/excuse me') on it's own, while saying kor toht kráp/kâ would be perfectly polite. The same goes when saying sawat-dee ('hello/hi'), korp khun ('thank you'), mâi bpen rai ('never mind / you're welcome') and pretty much anything else.

https://www.into-asia.com/thai_language/grammar/krapka.php

everytime my wife watches thai soaps im hearing those polite particles allover im like yep thai soap huh?

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u/I_Do_Not_Abbreviate 7d ago

Ah yes, kind of like the "süm-knee-dah" at the end of Korean sentences

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u/MelonElbows 7d ago

"Its ok fellow Klansmen, put down your weapons. These guys are alright, they are not Mexicans, they are from Spain, fellow white Europeans like us" - Things that will never be said

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u/tobiascuypers 7d ago

Sounds like Monty python scene

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u/Baron_Samurai 7d ago

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

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u/Not_A_Skeleton 7d ago

That's a quote from the thing!

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u/DefaultDantheMemeMan 7d ago

Just listen for the vosotros

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u/ghost894 7d ago

Found the Mexican!

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u/Jaymes_Squeak 7d ago

I'd assume most ignorant racists would assume white Spaniards were speaking Italian or some shit

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u/rwhitisissle 7d ago Table Slap

"I dunno about that, Cletus. These here folks seem to be that there Catalonian *spits out dip juice*, as famously written about in George Orwell's 1938 autiobiographical monograph: Homage to Catalonia. I tell you what."

"Jethro, what in the ever loving shit are you talking about?"

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u/Aradoris 7d ago

Read that in my best backwater hick narration voice. It did not disappoint.

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u/Least_Eggplant1757 7d ago

I used to work with a racist dipshit that was ok with people from Spain because they’re white but if they’re from Portugal they’re lazy and worthless.

To this day I’m fairly sure he thinks Portugal is in South America

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u/Bacongristle12 7d ago

That's true for casual racists. Competitive racists know how to hate with precision

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u/djc6535 7d ago

"I'd like you to meet Mr. Kahn. He's Chinese."

"No he ain't. He's Laotian. Ain't you Mr. KAHN"

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u/augustprep 7d ago

That always cracks me up. Everyone else is racist in an ignorant and insensitive manner, but Cotton is actually racist, and racist enough to know the difference.

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u/Shasan23 7d ago

Cotton experienced the insane bloodshed of multiple battles in the pacific theater (while he was teenager), had his ship blown up losing most of his friends, and had his legs blown off by the japanese.

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u/augustprep 7d ago

*shins

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u/DrDan21 7d ago

They actually trained soldiers on identifying different Asian races for the pacific theatre

They gave out pamphlets documenting various stereotypical defining features to look for. You can find examples of them online actually

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u/Brawndo91 7d ago

He knew the difference because of his time in the south pacific during WWII.

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u/goofball_jones 7d ago

Not to mention that after he said that, Kahn was shocked that he knew that.

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u/Zeegh 7d ago

….what ocean?…

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u/DRishy8 7d ago

Especially the diamond ranked ones. They are crazy good

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u/tobiascuypers 7d ago

I can only solo queue up to platinum. If I want to go to diamond I need a full squad

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u/Bacongristle12 7d ago

They're like a hatred sommelier.

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u/Benedict-Awesome 7d ago

Gem mint 10s

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u/ohdearsweetlord 7d ago

'He's like the Abed of racism!'

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u/augustprep 7d ago

"I can excuse racism, but I draw the line at animal cruelty!"

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u/ansibleCalling 7d ago

You can excuse racism?!

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u/RedRocket31 7d ago

Reminds me of The Other Guys where Mark Wahlburg’s character learns ballet to make fun of other kids doing ballet

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u/Am_amazed 7d ago

Cotton Hill has entered the chat

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u/GypsyCamel12 7d ago

As a white Jugo-mutt, we get shit from other white people for speaking Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian (very similar languages)... because it's "Russian" if you're a monolinguistic person.

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u/n0vapine 7d ago

What does jugo-mutt mean?

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u/ProjectGnova 7d ago

Dale: “He’s Japanese” Cotton Hill: “No he ain’t. He’s Laotian, ain’t ya Mr Kahn.”

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u/PeachCream81 7d ago

Can confirm: racists really are at the very bottom of the Evolutionary Curve.

Many, many years ago I used to hang out with a bunch of Filipinos who lived around the block from my parents. One day some knucklehead had written in black marker "Chinks Suck" on their front porch. Much to my surprise, instead of being angry or outraged, my Filipino friends broke out in hysterics at the sheer stupidity of that graffiti.

That memory has stayed with me over 4 decades later.

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u/CoolNerdyName 7d ago

My husband is Filipino, and once had an old white lady ask if he was “Italian” (of course pronounced as “EYE-talian”). He just looked at her, said yes, and walked away. It’s been a permanent inside joke with us for years now.

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u/AbstractBettaFish 7d ago

The one with circles is Korean, I know that!

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u/RavioliGale 7d ago

Yeah, you can definitely hear those circles when they talk.

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u/QoQers 7d ago

What's funny is that the circles are placeholders and don't actually represent any sound.

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u/Fair_Grab1617 7d ago

I am from SEA, hearing Thai makes me hungry.

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u/bunglejerry 7d ago

I am from LAND. And me too.

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u/NotAnotherHaiku 7d ago

I can tell the difference, but that’s autism working in my favor

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u/kenmlin 7d ago

Many of those racists went to college too. The most racist person I’ve ever met was the chairman of the department for my major.

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u/lologaviria 7d ago

Racists don't even know how to speak English dude, but certainly they "know" how to be racist in a country build by people from all around the world.

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u/Saber_Rattler34 7d ago

It always amazes me how stupid people think it’s a good flex to ridicule someone who’s bi-lingual, when the only language they can speak is racism.

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u/ShiftSandShot 7d ago

You're assuming these idiots know they're speaking English and not "American".

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u/pickandpray 7d ago

I speak English with no accent (other than new York when I get excited ) but I swear people look at me and hear Chinese when I speak to them.

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u/Kujo-Johan 7d ago

Asians are white now, are they?

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u/ldtka 7d ago

There is certainly a small contingent who believe asians and whites are part of one superior master race, maybe OP is just one of them

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u/IamNotSmokingWeed 7d ago

Exempt from affirmative action, so honorary? 🤣

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u/Careful_Strain 7d ago

You mean punished by AA. Asians score worse than whites.

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u/Dazz316 7d ago

I am Scottish and briefly lived in Melbourne. I'm a white guy, from a white Scottish family and a Scottish accent.

A guy on the phone in Australia called me a "fuckin paki". Dude, not even asain.

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u/Salty-Queen87 7d ago

That’s truly ridiculous. Calling a Scottish person a “Paki” is just wild. The accents aren’t even remotely close.

Maybe it’s just some catch all slur, applying to all foreigners, I dunno.

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u/dieselgeek 7d ago Take My Energy

Why is this on white people twitter?

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u/Jr_jr 7d ago

how is this on white ppl twitter

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