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People Share The Most Racist Thing They've Ever Witnessed

People Share The Most Racist Thing They've Ever Witnessed
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There was a brief time, at least in the United States after the election of Barack Obama, that some people believed they'd begin to live in a post-racial society, one where the wounds of the past could, at last, find the space to heal.

That assumption was incorrect, but racism is not limited to the United States––far from it. Thanks to Redditor Anonjohn123456, who asked "What is the most racist thing you have experienced or witnessed?" we can listen to some of these stories, which truly demand to be heard.


"Most racist thing..."

Most racist thing I experienced was probably when 10 year old me was playing football by myself in front of my own house and suddenly got ganged up on by three people who were in their late teens. They took my ball and started calling me chinky and told me to go back to China, then walked off with my ball.

I'm not even Chinese, but I guess all Asians look the same to racists. Sad thing was that I came from a poor family and had saved up for that ball for months, so I was very upset when it got stolen. Turns out an older man across the street saw everything, so a few days later her handed me a new ball. He also kept an eye on me and guarded me when I played, up till I moved away from that awful neighbourhood about a month later.

BreakfastCheesecake

"I was a bag boy..."

I was a bag boy at a local golf course. I would stop cars as they'd approach our bag drop, unload their clubs, load them onto a cart, and drive the cart down to the patron's car.

Car pulls up and it's an elderly fella. He tells me "No thanks," which was no big deal since many people declined.

I run inside to go get something. About fifteen minutes go by and my coworker, who was also a bag boy, hands me a few bucks because we split our tips. He tells me that, after I ran inside, he waved my friend (who is white) over to his car and said "Go ahead and grab my clubs. Like hell I'd like a filthy Jap touch my golf clubs."

kukulele

"I went to a bar..."

I went to a bar where a band was playing. Admission prices were a donation, so you gave as much as you thought it was worth. There was no minimum.

My white friends and I get in paying somewhere between 2-3 dollars. The bouncer stopped our black friend and told him it was a 10 dollar minimum entry "donation." When my friend pointed out what the rest of us had paid, the bouncer started throwing slurs, and everyone squared up.

Likely the closest I ever came to getting arrested.

TerraWoods

"True story."

True story. I am from Georgia. I joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. There was this kid in the company, he was getting 'chaptered' out of the Army (couldn't adapt to military life). He was from Georgia too. We happened to be sitting in the snack bar of the PX together one day and I asked him why he was getting chaptered. At first he said he just couldn't deal with it. I noticed he had a wedding ring so I told him he should get his tour changed to 'accompanied' (meaning his spouse would come over and live with him- albeit he would have to stay for three years in Germany instead of two). He just shook his head in disdain.

I asked him about that and he said, 'When I first got over here, I was walking to the PX and I saw this white woman- she looked German- and she was pushing this baby stroller past me. So, I looked in the stroller- you know- to see the baby. And it was a MIXED baby. I couldn't believe it. And, in case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of n----s in the Army. I never knew that. (he was from a town in Georgia that didn't have a lot of black folks)


That's what he said.

But still, that didn't explain why he was getting chaptered, so I asked him again. 'Well, once I decided I didn't want to work and live amongst so many n------s, I went to the company commander (who was black) and told him "I want out of the Army because I hate n-----s".'

The company commander obliged him.

Metatron_Fallen

"As a 7 year old Jew..."

As a 7 year old Jew I was once checked for horns by two other seven years olds that I met in pool in New Jersey. They were seriously looking for them. I wouldn't blame them, they were just curious about what they most likely learned at home.

Boop108

"As a kid..."

As a kid (age 6 to 10) I lived on a military base in Europe. We used to have fun tossing heavy rocks over the fence in an attempt to hurt the Turkish kids that played on the other side. Even if we just barely nicked a kid, we made sure to cheer extra loud. We weren't entirely sure the point of our actions, we just knew our parents were 100% okay with it and encouraged us to do so.

As an adult I feel absolutely horrified by my actions because I recognize now what a truly awful thing that was to do.

sunshine-jack

"Also..."

"Did you choose to be half Asian?" This was a question I received when I went to college orientation. I honestly thought at first she was being racist/ignorant but in reality she had never seen an Asian/person of Asian decent before because she grew up in the Midwest in the middle of nowhere.

Also, shout out to the racist TSA agent for calling me a half-bred-jap after he read my passport and noticed my middle name.

Cheetodude625

"I had an Indian guy..."

I had an Indian guy rent from me for a month. He was hired at a company to do construction project management because that's what his field was. When he got there he got assigned to an IT desk as soon as he walked through the door. Told them every day he didn't know how computers worked at all. He quit after a month because even though he was hired to do project management, he didn't have a single day where they let him do it instead of asking him to do IT support that he had no clue on how to do.

Wepwahet-hotep

"People have straight up..."

People have straight up offered me jobs in web development, coding, etc because I'm Asian. I have zero IT experience whatsoever, but I used to go to these business networking events and have met people who literally offered me a job (usually short-term positions for a specific task) moments after meeting me without asking about any of my qualifications.

While it doesn't sound bad for me, it made me realize that for every person who thinks I can do something just because I'm Asian, there are people think that someone is unqualified for a job just because of their race/ethnicity. I can't imagine what it would be like to receive the opposite treatment of what I get.

AllKindsofAwkward

"Being biracial..."

Being biracial in the southern US isn't easy.

  1. Had people leave Zebra Cake wrappers in my lockers throughout school.
  2. Had a person sit behind me and mispronounce the country Niger on purpose.
  3. Had two people call my house and threaten me and call me and my family racial slurs.
  4. 2 guys followed me home from the mall and jumped me, the same ones that called my house.
  5. Had eight police cars pull me and my friends over because they said we had a gun. After being cuffed and loaded into separate vehicles they found a box cutter in my friends car...which he used at his job at Frito-Lay.
  6. My mother's parents disowned her because of her relationship with my father.
  7. Cousins mispronounced Arnold Schwarzenegger's name on purpose.
  8. My father in law said police are justified in pulling over black people since they commit the most crime.
  9. My test scores in school were constantly scrutinized it seemed. Maybe that was just me but on standardized test and even just in the classroom they always seemed surprised.

These are the ones that stick out the most. I still get shit to this day but my focus has changed and it really doesn't affect me too much.

el_monstruo

People Break Down The Missing Person Cases That Just Don't Add Up

Reddit user yourlastnames asked: 'what missing persons case is the most confusing / doesn’t add up?'

Content warning: suicide.

There are truly some strange unsolved cases out there, but there's nothing quite like hearing of a person who has vanished as if out of thin air.

While some of these cases have been explained away or even solved, there are some that remain a mystery that truly does not add up, no matter how the puzzle pieces fall.

Curious about these cases, in particular, Redditor yourlastnames asked:

"What missing persons case is the most confusing [to you] or just doesn't add up?"

The Last Ride of Terrance Williams

"Terrance Williams disappeared in 2004. He's the subject of a fascinating podcast called 'The Last Ride.'"

"The short version is that he was taken into custody in Naples, Florida, after being pulled over in the early hours for traffic violations. He was never seen again."

"The deputy that pulled him over tried to conceal the traffic stop even from his own organization, but staff opening a local business saw the whole thing."

"When the sheriff's department finally looked into it, they discovered the deputy was involved in a similar disappearance of a man named Felipe Santos in 2003. To this day the deputy claims no knowledge of Williams's whereabouts, despite being caught out in a series of lies."

- AlanMercer

Paddy Moriarty and Kellie

"Paddy Moriarty and his dog, Kellie. They went missing in an outback town in Australia with a population of 12 people."

"They were last seen leaving the pub riding his quad bike the one-kilometer distance to his house. He or his dog have never been found and no one has been charged in relation to his disappearance."

- Bigred0762

Susan Powell and Family

"Susan Powell went missing from her home in West Valley, Utah, on December 6, 2009."

"She is presumably dead. Her husband, Josh, was the main suspect and just a real piece of work. No one knows what really happened to her."

"Sadly in 2012, Josh murdered their kids and committed suicide after Susan’s parents gained custody of the kids."

- AlexisVonTrappe

"This case is so frustrating since his brother and father are both dead too. We’ll never know what happened to Susan, but I’m positive she’s in an old mine shaft somewhere. F**k Josh Powell."

- burittosquirrel

​The Last Call from Brandon Swanson

"Brandon Swanson. He drove into a ditch and called his parents for help. They stayed on the phone with him for 47 minutes while they drove around looking for him."

"They heard him say, 'Oh s**t,' and then the phone went silent. They eventually found his car far away from where he said he was but he was never found."

- kittengoesrawr

"Reading this was absolutely chilling. It seems at first glance that it's most likely he drowned, but that really doesn't make sense because the water was only 10 feet deep and they would have found the body."

"He just suddenly said, 'OH S**T!' and the phone went silent, but he did not hang up. The phone call continued with total silence from his end. What the f**k happened to him?"

- angelposts

Babysitter Mar Lou Bostwick

"Mary Lou Bostwick. She disappeared July 18, 1972, from Waverly, New York. She was dropped off by her dad to babysit at a friend's house. This was also her 16th birthday. Her mom stopped by later with a cake and presents."

"The people in the apartment told her that Mary never showed up. However, her bag was in the residence. Nothing else was ever found."

"There was another girl around the same age, Sharon Coston, who was abducted and murdered in a nearby town about a year later. October 1983 in Sayre, Pennsylvania."

"There was a man convicted of that, but he always denied doing anything to Mary. One of the people who testified against him and was given immunity was a suspect in Mary's case. Mary's mom thinks there's a connection, but nothing was ever really found."

"I've sadly never seen anyone cover her disappearance on any of the podcasts or YouTube shows."

- Vamp459

Derek Seehausen of San Diego

​"Derek Seehausen. My friend was dating him at the time of his disappearance, and he was actively planning his future in medicine, and was last seen in San Diego."

"I saw him about two months before he disappeared. Please send any tips."

- Hereforit2022Y

The Beaumont Children

"The Beaumont Children. Three kids go to the beach, are seen with a mystery man, and never make it back home."

"Never found out who the man was or where they went. Their parents just recently died without ever getting any closure."

- snguyenx96

Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes

"Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes. The whole family (parents and four kids) went missing overnight in 2011."

"Employers, schools, and the extended family received weird letters informing of their absence or departure (one of them saying they are going into a witness protection program). Two weeks later they found the corpses of the mother, the kids, and the dog hidden behind the house."

"They investigated and retraced the father’s whereabouts in the south of France. He was last seen leaving a hotel a few days before. The region was thoroughly searched, but he was never to be found."

- z4zazym

Branson Perry of Skidmore

"Branson Perry, aged 20, disappeared from Skidmore, Missouri in April 2001."

"He was working on his house with a friend, went to the shed to grab some power cords, and was never seen again."

- AdamR91

The Incomplete Story of Marshall Iwassa

"Marshall Iwassa. Good guy."

"He came back to his hometown to visit his family and friends, and everything by all accounts was good. He left to take the two-hour drive to where he was living and never made it. Instead, it was recorded he spent the entire night trying to get into his storage unit and then nothing."

"A week or maybe more, his truck was found 12 hours away on a back road in the middle of the woods burnt to a crisp with belongings thrown about everywhere, no sign of Marshal."

"From what I remember, the family was adamant that some of the things inside the truck, burnt or not, were missing, things they knew he had. The truck was even missing parts."

"It's been four years and there's never been answers. It makes me sad and fearful of long travels. From what I know of him, he was a fantastic friend; I hope they get closure one day."

- devbot8

Out Shopping Asha Degree

"Asha Degree."

"She went missing at the age of nine from Shelby, North Carolina, United States. In the early morning hours of February 14, 2000, for reasons unknown, she packed her bookbag, left her family home north of the city, and began walking along nearby North Carolina Highway 18 despite heavy rain and wind."

"Several passing motorists saw her; when one turned around at a point 1.3 miles (2.1 km) from her home and began to approach her, she left the roadside and ran into a wooded area."

"In the morning, her parents discovered her missing from her bedroom. No one has seen her since."

- EstateWeary5789

The Vanishing Marion Barter

"Marion Barter here in Australia."

"She boarded a plane overseas in 1997 and changed her name beforehand (didn't tell family). She apparently came back to Australia for a few days (according to passenger records) and completely disappeared."

"It's an ongoing investigation at the moment, there is a podcast about it called, 'The Lady Vanishes,' featuring her daughter."

"It's so tragically fascinating."

- CuddlySubject

The Grieving Bryce Laspisa

"Bryce Laspisa."

"He was driving to his parents' house (three hours) after an argument with his girlfriend, apparently due to his alcohol and video game addiction and abuse of prescription medication."

"Partway through the drive, he pulled off the highway and just sat there… from 9:00 AM to 3:'00 PM."

"A roadside assistance guy checked on him twice and said he seemed fine and coherent, and Bryce told him he would be carrying on back to his parents shortly."

"Sometime later, his car was found only a few miles away, driven off the embankment, and he was nowhere to be found. They never found him."

- Just_Raisin1124

News Anchor Jodi Huisentruit

"Jodi Huisentruit was a news anchor who disappeared in the early morning in Mason City, Iowa."

"There were signs that she was abducted and the investigation is still ongoing with new leads nearly 30 years later."

- Have_you_eaten_yet

Three-Year-Old William Tyrrell

"William Tyrrell. In 2014, the three-year-old boy went missing from his foster grandmother's yard whilst playing with his sister. His foster mother and foster grandmother were apparently watching them play outside, and the foster mother went inside to make a cup of tea."

"They then noticed they hadn’t seen or heard him in a while and searched the house and yard."

"In 2021, police began searching national parkland near the grandmother's home for human remains. They also revealed that the foster mother and grandmother were persons of interest in his presumed death."

"Earlier today, the foster mother pled not guilty to assaulting another foster child that was in her care (a 10-year-old girl). She has also been charged with intimidating and stalking a minor. Her husband has also been charged with the same crimes, but plead not guilty to all counts. The foster grandmother is now dead."

"Basically, police believe that William died whilst in the care of the foster family, and they disposed of his body to cover it up. Police are recommending that the foster parents be charged with perverting the course of justice and interfering with a corpse."

"His photos went viral at the time of the 'disappearance,' and he went missing whilst in a Spiderman costume, and the photo that was distributed was taken minutes before."

- Red_bug91

These stories are truly haunting, and it's no wonder that Redditors have worried themselves with what might have happened to these missing people.

We can only hope that answers come for at least some of these cases and that their closest loved ones achieve some sense of closure eventually.

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Senior citizen using a camera
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The realization you're getting older can smack you in the face at any given time, and boy-howdy is it fun!

It can be in the morning when you get up out of bed, and your body makes crackling noises, or when you can't seem to keep up at the gym and you cut short your running time on the treadmill.

That's just the physical.

When you suddenly have the epiphany that you're suddenly the oldest one in a group setting, it's humbling.

Curious to hear from strangers online who are no longer the young whipper-snappers they imagined themselves to eternally be, Redditor redmambo_no6 asked:

"Redditors with younger coworkers, what was your 'I’m officially old' moment?"

These moments of realization never get old. But people do.

Senior Kitty

"My childhood cat lived to 21.5 so teaching (freshman biology lab, so students were ~18) became very weird when I realized my cat was older than my students."

– mollusck_magic

Aging In Reverse

"I'm a preschool teacher. It's been a TRIP to watch parents go from Soooo much older than me, to the same age as me, and now they're younger than me!?!?"

– Smart_Alex

The Shook Pediatrician

"My kids pediatrician was also my husband's pediatrician when he was a kid. He was the first kid she had to come back as a parent and she was SHOOK."

– trixtred

Older Together

"See, that's what really kinda drives it home for me."

"I'm not bothered that I'm 48. But that means my school friends are 48, and that's weird for some reason. Like, I went to school with a guy who was wild and crazy. That guy is 48 now, and has a new grandbaby. Somehow, he's old, and I'm just 'getting up there '."

– ThatWeirdTexan

Relics of the past don't just pertain to humans.

Dialing It In

"Had a co-worker ask me, 'Back before cell phones, did you just have to wait around at your house for a call?' Uh, yeah, pretty much."

– Status-Effort-9380

"Reminds me of having to explain the concept of collect calls to my kids. The whole speed speaking where you were for pick up during the recording so your Mama never accepted the collect call."

– DaraScot

Legendary Aircraft

"Various colleagues were debating whether the Concorde had been real. They couldn’t fathom that supersonic civilian aircraft used to exist and now they don’t anymore."

"The Concorde last flew in 2003, when these colleagues were toddlers."

– geckos_are_weirdos

Foreign References

"We were talking about where we were on 9/11, and my coworker went quiet. He wasn’t even born."

"We also had a band that was famous in the 90s stay at the hotel, and he had no idea who they were, meanwhile I was so star struck as they were my entire childhood!"

– Itsagabby

Gravity is not our friend, and not just because of its effect on our faces.

The Day It Went Downhill

"When i fell down the last couple of steps on a stairway. No one pointed and laughed like I expected, instead they helped me up and asked me if I was okay. That’s when I knew."

– day_of_duke

It's About The Recovery

"F'k. That has to be a bummer."

"You fall. You know you're fine. You feel like an idiot. You get ready to wave to the crowd as they laugh and clap. But then... a hand is placed on your arm and you hear 'that was a big fall, are you ok?' You stay in shock for a moment. Of course, you're fine. Everyone is looking at you. They all have concerned faces. Sh*t. Two weeks later, the soreness finally subsides."

– minimalfighting

Ice Slip, You Slip, We All Slip

"This happened to me as well....walking my dog the day after a huge snowstorm. There were some rowdy teenage boys having a snowball fight across the street (schools were closed that day, of course). I slipped on the ice, my feet flew over my head and I landed solidly on my backside. As I struggled to get up I braced myself for the laughter and catcalls, but all I heard was "Are you OK Ma'am??' 'Do you need help??' I was in my early 50s and had never felt 'old' until that moment."

– Ouisch

Conversations with younger coworkers can be fun.

You can quote lines from your favorite TV shows and talk about the latest CD you bought at Target and brag about your new digital camera that takes better pictures than a smartphone.

And then you can watch the blank expressions on your coworkers' faces because they haven't a clue about what you speak.

Yeah. This has never happened to me...

Old.

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