Could this be race-related?
February 15, 2010 12:07 PM Subscribe
I am a biracial female in my mid-thirties. Growing up in the 1980's as a mixed kid was no fun, but I survived. My mother was white, and my dad was not a strong black role-model; his family was not a part of my life, and likewise, I did not have any influence from Black culture as I grew up. My parents also sent me to a suburban school, which was predominantly white, so it was very hard to fit in there...I went through school with few friends, and college did not offer much chance to establish any more. By most interpretations, I would likely have fit in better in a "white: crowd (culturally, socially) but phsically I am still a black person. Still, due to my lack of racial identity, it was very hard to fit in anywhere. Fast forward to my question:) Present day well into the new century, I have a successful career and a small real-estate investment business. However, I find that I still have a lot of trouble in work, with my business and with making friends.
posted by anonymous to society & culture (26 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
At work, I still experience what I perceive as racism, mainly, persons making judgments about what I can and cannot do due to my race. I have tried to get involved in community volunteer groups (one being the Junior League) and have met nothing but what I perceive as racism there too. My neighbors don't speak to me, I still do not have close friends, and as a landlord, I feel that once people see me (after the initial talk on the phone) that they are less interested in the property. In fact, the last time I needed a tenant, I hired someone else (i.e. a White male) to handle to process, and I got a tenant right away. Trust, I don't like to pull the "race card" but with so many situations in my life pointing at nothing else but that, what else am I to think?