When I’m being racially insensitive, it’s my fault
I have the privilege of being white, but I’m also the recipient of a racial bias in my everyday life.
When I’m asked about my heritage, for example, my reaction usually is “Oh, I’m Indian, so it’s all in my head”.
As a non-native English speaker, I also often encounter people who aren’t interested in my identity or experience, and are more likely to think I’m a “white person” because I’m wearing a shirt or having a conversation with them.
As I grow older, however, I see the world more clearly and I am more comfortable speaking up about my cultural bias.
The biggest challenge for me has been coming to terms with the fact that it’s not something that I can control, but it’s something that the rest of the world has.
So what can I do about it?
I can’t change the way I think or behave.
I can’t even control how my friends feel about me, because they are just as racially biased as I am.
I don’t know how I’m going to make a difference if I’m not proactive.
That’s why I’ve decided to start a campaign to raise awareness of cultural bias, which is something I’m excited to be a part of.
I’m hoping that by sharing my story, I can inspire others to speak out against this issue and help to end racial discrimination in their everyday lives.
It’s a huge issue that needs to be tackled, but in order to do that, we need to start by looking at ourselves first, before we start trying to change the culture around us.