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Elementary school taunts

In elementary school, there was a particular girl who I didn't get along with. In lunch one day, in front of all of our friends, she told me to "Go back to China!" I told her that I'm not even Chinese, and I'm also half white and I was born in the U.S. My mom later called her mom and made her apologize, but the school didn't do anything about the incident. Although it was only a small act of racism, it still resonates with me. Words and slurs like this often make me and other Asians feel like 'perpetual foreigners'- even when we were born and raised in America-even though I'm half white. I truly believe that these small acts of prejudice can add up to cause low self-esteem, distorted self-image, and in some cases lead to mental health issues.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Advancing Justice - Chicago.