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I have been called a lot of things growing up blonde dumb blonde pasty pale but never have I ever been called Asian My back ground is English and Scottish so there is no way to attribute any of my physical features to the Asian race I have always realized that people were sorted into categories based on their intelligence nerds brainiacs dumb overachievers and straight As I had never though heard someone categorize their intelligence by calling themselves or others Asian until I moved into my house Are you Asian asked my roommate I answered back No I went to my mirror to see how I resembled an Asian to make her think that I did not have any of the attributing traits that normally would make one think one was an Asian I did not have dark squinted eyes for mine were rounded and blue I did not have the skin colour I was covered in European skin Nor did I have a large face I could not get that comment out of my head No one had ever asked me that question before I looked and looked in the mirror thinking that I must have missed something My roommate would not just call me Asian for nothing I walked out of my room to find her and ask her why she thought I was Her answer astounded me You study a lot so you must be Asian In the reading Racism in Justice it talked about racialization and how it was the backbone for racial inequality One area of racialization is selecting human characteristics as meaningful signs of racial difference Racism in Justice 40 My roommate selected the trait of intelligence to categorize me as Asian She most likely selected this trait because Asians are stereotypically very intelligent and my studying influences her to believe that I am very intelligent It is hurtful to think that I must be
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