NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Bullying can be a very broad topic, but sub-categories of bullying can be equally broad. Racial bullying can occur anywhere and anyhow, from TV shows, to schools and even amongst family. But the most prevalent location for racial bullying, is the internet.
Among races, people can be bullied for talking without using any slang or for using socially correct manners. Imani Winfield, 18, is a Jamaican female whom embraces her native roots but is made fun of by her own family because she doesn't speak with a Jamaican accent.
"My family is always talking about how I talk like a white girl--that I speak so "American"," said Winfield.
"Whiteness" is a term used by Melissa Wright in her article "Racist Bullying, or Just 'Girls Being Girls?': Untangling Constructions of Race and Gender in Celebrity Big Brother". It is a term that people use to signify cultural capital or privilege related to your skin color. Some people, such as Winfield, may be called an impostor or someone who is trying to gain cultural capital by "acting white" and trying to achieve the privilege of being white instead of acting like who they are. Some of these racial attacks occur commonly on the internet.
Constant racial attacks are made on the internet, through forums, social networks and blogs. In November of 2010, basketball player LeBron James declared the day he was attacked by various racist tweets or "Hater Day." Some of the tweets went on to call James a fraud and someone who hides his "ghettoness." James wasn't the only high profile person who was bullied. R&B artist Monica gave up Twitter after constantly being attacked with mostly racist comments. And over the past seven days, Washington Capitals hockey player, Joel Ward, who is black, has twice been the subject of racially insults on Twitter. The first was after he scored a series clinching goal against the Boston Bruins. The second set of racist Tweets occurred a week later when he was charged with late game penalty, which to led an improbable comeback as the New York Rangers netted two goals to grab a come from behind victory.
But bullying doesn't happen on just the internet. In January, New York Magazine wrote an article profiling the life of Danny Chen, 19, who committed suicide in October of 2011 in Afghanistan while he was on duty with the US Army. He was called by Asian racial slurs and at one point was forced to wear a green hard hat while he yelled orders in Chinese to his fellow soldiers. He was pelted with rocks and dragged across gravel by some of his superiors.\
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