So regarding my last reblog, s0mmer asked me to share my dramatic history of being discriminated against because I’m an immigrant child… yeah. That might have been sarcastic.
I’ve been born in Germany to two Polish immigrants. Both my mum and my dad speak German perfectly and they both have really good jobs and we’re getting by just fine. No one would even think of us being immigrants until they see our last name or hear my mum speak (her Polish accent is still quite hearable, but she doesn’t make any grammatical errors).
The thing is, most of the Tumblr Social Warrior posts about immigrants tend to talk about “white privilege” or “person of colour” or stuff like that.
Which is. Not the same. Fucking. Thing.
I’m whiter than a fucking sheet (just stalk my narcism tag). But the story I’m about to tell you happened just like that:
Back in school, my teacher told us to do some work silently, which was pretty common. But then, his face turned dead serious and while I was doing my stuff, he approached me with some leaflets in his hand. The class was absolutely silent, and so, everyone could hear what he was about to say to me. “Susanne”, he whispered, “there is a foundation for students in need at our school, to be precise, for students with good grades but weak social background.”
I must add, I was the only one in the class with a clearly not German surname.
"You don’t have to be embarrassed or something, just apply for it, I’m sure they could give you some money since you’ve got really good grades!" I was absolutely speechless. No one was working anymore, everyone was staring at me and the teacher.
I told him I was sure I’m not the right person for it, and even thanked him for being so “thoughtful”. But he didn’t back off, he just pushed and pushed and forced these leaflets onto me. I opened them, and, of course there was an application form in them. I read it, and they wanted to know how much income support my parents were getting every month.
I raised from my seat and didn’t even whisper anymore when I said: “Both my parents work hard for their money, but it is more than enough for us to live, since both have a really good full-time job. I’m offended because I know you’ve just asked me and no one else because of my Polish surname and I’m thinking about going to the headmaster.” Before I said this, he kept on insisting I’m fit for applying for that charity thing - only then he stopped, clearly not understanding why I was offended.
So, yeah. I know, most of you adorable Tumblr Social Justice Warriors live in your American world, living the thug life of being discriminated against or having witnessed discrimination against PoC. (Although I’m absolutely sure there are also white immigrants in the US who are discriminated against BUT HEY AREN’T YOU ALL IMMIGRANTS IN THE END?!)
I’m the most caucasian thing you’ll probably ever meet. I’ve got a Mac. I’ve got money. I’m at uni. I’ve got friends. I’ve got a boyfriend. I’ve been to London and Asia and many other great places. I can do whatever the fuck I wanna do. I’m spoiled. I’m pretty. I’m vain. I’m fucking intelligent.
I’ve been discriminated against. Not just once.
If you really MUST be part of the Special Snowflake Squad of Social Justice -
stop checking fucking privileges which may not even exist.
Check your facts. Do some research. Don’t generalize.
And especially - check the reasons why for fuck’s sake you think you have to rescue the world from social injustice.
Because if the only reason you find is to make yourself feel better, maybe you should stop annoying us so much.