TikTok-ers shared instances they experienced white people being racist because they were mistaken for white as well.
Trigger warning: This story contains themes of race-motivated violence
The year 2020 was a year of reckoning for America after widespread protests broke out against racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd's death. The protests came in the final year of Donald Trump's Presidency that divide the nation more than ever. White Supremacists felt more emboldened to be racist as the commander-in-chief himself made racist comments during his Presidency including telling four Congresswomen of color to "go back" to where they came from. A recent TikTok by Billy Dunn (@billybillynyc) highlighted the racist things white people say behind the back of African-Americans. Billy Dunn might pass off as caucasian but he's of mixed race, which made him privy to racist conversations that are apparently all too common in the presence of a 'white' crowd.
“I was at a party and the only other Black person left. After he left, one of the white dudes there proceeded to say the N-word. Not even in a song or nothing, just said it out loud. When I confronted him about it, he said, ‘What? He’s not here anymore.’ Little did he know, I’m a double agent. Needless to say, that situation was handled,” said Billy, who has a Black dad and white mom. The TikTok video went viral but it started a new trend that saw biracial people open up about similar experiences.
A 2015 Pew Research Center survey showed that multiracial Americans were three times as fast when compared to the rest of the population. It was also found that they were more open to other cultures. The survey revealed that 55% of them had been subjected to racial slurs or jokes, while 24% said they felt annoyed by the assumptions people made about their racial background. Being biracial also helped them understand the scope of racism. Atlanta-based hip-hop artist Cole Hedgecoth told Bored Panda that being biracial gave them a unique perspective on racial inequality. “Having experienced it opened my eyes to a whole new perspective. I’m grateful to be able to see things for what they are,” said Hedgecoth.
Here are some of the biracial TikTok-ers who opened up about their experiences of racism while among white circles:
It does appear America has a long long way to go before escaping the clutches of racism and white supremacy.