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Giving Them Some White Privileged Information

| Friendly | December 7, 2016

(I am half Navajo, although I look more white. It actually used to bother me when I was younger, because while I have spent a lot of time with my mom’s family, I have never actually met my white half. I am in line at the grocery store when I overhear someone say:)

Random Person: “You know what I’m thankful for? Dude, I’m thankful for being white!”

(I turn and find myself face-to-face with two young guys.)

Guy #1: *noticing me looking* “What? You’ve thought the same thing!”

Me: *slowly, in Navajo* “No… No, I can’t say that I have.”

Guy #2: *exaggerated whisper* “Dude, I don’t think she’s white.”

(Guy #1 turns red and scuttles off, while Guy #2 follows, laughing and calling after him.)

Guy #2: “I TOLD you to be careful where you say that s***!”

(The Mexican cashier thought it was insanely funny, as did two nearby Paiute men.)

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