It is good to have a racially diverse group of friends. It is one of our greatest weapons against racism--people of different races forming close relationships with one another, that is. But interracial friendships come with challenges, particularly for people of color.
When the controversial photo above surfaced, showing teen star Miley Cyrus and friends mocking Asian physical characteristics, many wondered what the lone Asian young man in the photo was thinking. Was he hurt but silent, lest he loose favor with his circle of friends? Was he oblivious to what was going on behind him? Has he buried his ethnicity to fit in? Did he confront his friends about their insensitive actions? Is he unfazed by it all?
Any person of color who has friends of the majority culture has been there--from hurt and silent to ambivalent. For POC, being involved in interracial friendships tends to involve some personal contortions, some teaching, some "wearing the mask." But how much is too much?
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