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Microaggressions

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Let’s call it what it is: Your constant interrogation about my origins is racist

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There’s one particular racial microaggression that really gets to me. I’d say it gets under my skin, but it’s all my skin. It simmers exactly at skin level:

“Where are you from?”

I secretly delight in seeing discomfort on the asker’s face when I tell them that my mom is from L.A. and my dad is from Texas. But I wish that I didn’t have to deal with this question at all.

I get it. You’re not racist. I’m just to you. The thing is, when White people talk about their ancestry in front of me, other White…


The Only Black Guy in the Office

Even God rested on the seventh day. But he didn’t have to deal with the complexities of an Out of Office message

Illustration of an African American man looking up worried, as wor kreminders like emails, texts, and messages surround him.
Illustration of an African American man looking up worried, as wor kreminders like emails, texts, and messages surround him.
Illustration: Richard A. Chance

Hi, my name is [], and I’m a recovering workaholic.

As a Black person, I’ve always felt the need to be hustling nonstop. It’s as if Diddy is chanting in my head on an infinite loop: . I was raised to believe I’d have to work twice as hard to earn half the accolades — and that’s generous — that my White counterparts receive. …

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