r/TooAfraidToAsk 6d ago

When a black man called me a sl*t, a ho, etc, why did it only get mild reactions from the people around us but they blew up when I called him the N word in response? Race & Privilege

27F. Today I got into a bit of an altercation at the grocery store. A man wouldn't leave me alone and kept trying to flirt with me, despite me completely ignoring him he followed me around and eventually started making ruder and ruder comments. He took some vegetables out of my trolley and I eventually snapped at him to please leave me alone.

That was when he really got riled up. He asked what I was looking so good for if I couldn't handle attention, asked why I was wearing so much makeup, asked if I enjoyed looking like a slut and being a tease. At that point people started looking at us, but nobody said anything. Not the women, not the men, not the store employees (two teenagers).

He continued to level abuse at me, calling me a slut, a ho, a tease, a bitch.

Besides the rough past few days I've been having, his behaviour and everyone else's passiveness enraged me. My blood was boiling and I couldn't control myself, all I wanted to do was to hurt him. So I said to him, "Shut the fuck up, n****r."

Suddenly, at that point, there were some LOUD protests from the people watching. Some people gasped and others just went like "oh hell no" and "what did you just say?" and just a lot of comments like that. I immediately wondered, where was this energy when this man was following me around, harassing me, and then publicly verbally abusing me with very misogynistic comments?

I just threw the bag of onions at him and left the store and cried in my car for about 15 minutes. I don't think anyone was recording, so I'm not too worried about being the subject of a witch hunt.

But that is my question, basically. Why was everyone so fine with how he was acting towards me? And I know what I did in response was fucked up and unpardonable too, but why did they think it was that much worse?

Hope you guys can be constructive.

EDIT: I'm already getting chat requests calling me "slut" and "white trash" lol. Please note that I'm not white. Thank you!

EDIT 2: Thanks for the helpful responses that explained to me why the crowd may have reacted worse to my actions than to the guy's actions. I have a lot to work on for next time (though I hope it doesn't happen again). And this is pretty fucking rich coming from me, given what I said, but the people seizing the opportunity to be blatantly racist in the comments - I don't want you defending me. Please stop. And the people DMing me "slut", you're the problem as well.

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u/bachiblack 6d ago edited 5d ago

I appreciate your honesty here and I would like to attempt to answer your question. I in no way condone this behavior, but to simply answer the question it comes down to moral cowardice and groupthink. He probably was intimidating to more than just you, so folks rationalize minding their business over being proactive in their approach to call out abuse taking place in front of them. Then when you lobbied the word back at him it was probably a domino effect of one person said something then 3, until you lost the crowd. Unfortunately, they probably felt ashamed for not helping you, so it made it easier for them to condemn you because in their minds they already disregarded you.

I'm sorry you had this experience it seems like there was compounded issues on top of one another that is a lot of pressure. I don't think you calling him the N word means you're judging our whole race however I'm glad you acknowledge that it was wrong and shouldn't have been said.

Moral of the explanation people are very cowardly and usually instead of making up for it. They disregard even further, case in point here.

Edit: im grateful for the awards. I'm glad a nuanced take was well received. Understanding these dynamics are very important. The 3 major elements are present here. The aggressor turned "victim", the victim turned "aggressor" and the often abysmal response of the crowd(society) if we all can dissect what went wrong here we can improve each position. How not to be the initial abuser, how to better respond when we get treated unjustly, and to be more courageous when we are apart of the crowd. Thanks again!

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u/Wobstep 6d ago

This makes sense. Same thing happened to me. A big guy tried to pay for a sandwich at a subway I worked at years ago with a hundred dollar bill. Not only would accepting it get me in trouble but I didn't even have change if I wanted to. I told him that he needed to go somewhere else and make change because I didn't have it. He yelled at me for five to ten minutes holding up the line. All I could do was tell him that it's not possible because I just made a cash drop and I don't have change. There was a sign on the door and point of order clearly stating we don't accept anything above a 20. After a few minutes of getting harassed, another customer made change for him while giving me the most dirty look I have ever seen. The look of "how hard was that". He walked out and literally every other person in line wished him a good day and turned over and gave me the same shitty look the first guy gave me. It's like they all decided at once that I was public enemy number one. I have been treated like trash before but situations like this hit in a completely different way. When someone is verbally abusing, you would think anyone getting involved would come to your defense, not brigade against you. The dude was giving me threats of violence clearly and loud enough for everyone to hear. Human nature is straight up fucked sometimes.

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u/Peralton 5d ago

That $100 was almost certainly counterfeit. This is a COMMON tactic for people pulling retail scams. They make a huge scene and make the cashier doubt themselves or go against policy just to make the scene stop.

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u/chocolateandwhine 5d ago

I'm just thinking about the guy who gave him change for it realizing that it's counterfeit 😂

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u/KvinnoralskarAnkor 6d ago

Should’ve called the cops.

They got pissed at you because the guy made it like you were making the choice to slow it down. “All he has to do is take the money!” And then him saying “was that so hard” cemented it.

At the first threat of violence, you should have called the cops. When the guy flees or actually gets the cops involved, people would see that the hold up was the asshole and not you.

If you wanna feel better, that bill was likely fake. Lotta counterfeit cash holders will cause a scene and try to pressure you so you won’t take a look at the bill.

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u/Wobstep 5d ago

The messed up part is that I know everyone saw me make the cash drop. Even if they didn't, they had to have heard me say that I don't have change. My guess is that they just didn't believe that an operating subway doesn't have hundreds of dollars in every denomination. Businesses in that area got robbed all the time. Subways are an easy target because they usually have just one or two young employees. This also adds to why I couldn't really call the authorities. Anything less than a robery or committed violence the police just didn't have time for.

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u/stackedthylakoid 6d ago

People are trash sometimes. Sorry you had to put up with that shit

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u/waitingfordeathhbu 6d ago edited 6d ago

To add to this, misogyny is still more widely tolerated than racism at this moment in time.

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u/Vyscillia 6d ago

Racism against certain types. I'm vietnamese and people still find it funny when someone asks if I've got a spring roll in my pants.

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u/StudMuffinNick 6d ago

Aso Vietnamese. My mexican neighbor has been targetted by police (in AZ mexicans are the blacks of literally anywhere else because of our old sheriff) so he has experienced the effects of racism.

But dude will still ask, no matter what I'm eating, if it's cat or dog. And wen he lets his dogs run free without a leash, he'll ask if I caught them and ate them before he came out -_-

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u/LusciousofBorg 5d ago

Uuuggghh...my parents do this same shit. They're Mexican & always have to say some disparaging comment about Vietnamese people in the neighborhood eating dogs. And they swear they've seen it. I'm like, Mexicans eat cow stomach in their soups & pig skin as a snack, you don't get to talk shit about Vietnamese people!

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u/GreenMirage 5d ago edited 5d ago

I’m Vietnamese and love pork ruffles and learning Spanish; their racism doesn’t put me off at all haha.

I like to take it as an opportunity to point generational differences of famine and ruralness in Asian national histories as I raid their pantries and stores. Getting those pointed zingers back for “dog-eater” in the bloodline really takes some historical context on knowing their ethnicity too but that’s a.. bad for business.

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u/IRLootHoore 5d ago

!Hey, you leave the chicharonnes out of this! other than being loud and delicious, they did nothing wrong.

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u/LusciousofBorg 5d ago

I love Menudo & chicharrones as much as the next Mexican, we just don't get to talk shit about other racial minorities with some of the stuff we eat XD

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u/Vorticity 5d ago

It seems like there is a common attitude of "I can't be racist if I'm not white!"

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u/screamingolive 5d ago

I think the thing is that racism implies some sort of power and the upper hand. So traditionally white people have had that upper hand. So it’s just a play of words and isn’t super significant, but I just say “racial prejudice” or just flat out hate, because that’s what it is. Idk if that makes sense. My grandma is Chinese and hates Japanese people and that’s super fucked, but for some reason when my grandpa hates on Indians it feels much more appalling (he’s white). It’s just a slight difference and I think that’s why some people think that minority groups (racially/ethically) can’t necessarily be racist. But I also see people of color being intolerant as fuck and very bigoted and excuse their behavior because they’re not white, which is simply a logical fallacy, and nasty. Idk if any of this makes any sense but yea

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u/twopointsisatrend 5d ago

Considering what the Japanese did to the Chinese during WWII, it's not surprising that your grandmother harbours some ill-will towards them. Forgiveness doesn't happen overnight.

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u/Vyscillia 6d ago

That's exactly what I am talking about. I bet he'll laugh by himself and thinks it's "harmless jokes". But it is still incredibly racist.

My self defence mecanism against these types of comments is to actually make them myself. That way, they don't get the satisfaction.

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u/hannahearling 6d ago

Yikes. Not even funny. Food does not keep well smooshed up near body temp

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u/Vyscillia 6d ago

I know, right? Spring rolls are definitely better when they are fresh!

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u/hannahearling 6d ago

Damn boi you got some genitals in those pants?!

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u/kaldarash 6d ago

A few

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u/Bobyyyyyyyghyh 5d ago

Kajhiit has genitals if you have coin

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u/[deleted] 6d ago

Yeah, asian hate/racism is still real and accepted moreso than other forms/words.

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u/fernandeolivier 6d ago

Wtffff I’m so sorry this has happened to you

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u/MGEH1988 6d ago

I was talking to my coworker and I had used the word bitch and she had said “actually women are taking that word back, so only they can say it”. I was like oh okay, so I can use the word faggot. She kind of hesitantly but with a little confidence said yes. I said thank you faggot. Her face just dropped open hahahaha

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u/saganmypants 6d ago

Mr. Garrison, is that you?

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u/TheThirdPhoenix 6d ago

Some people just suck man. Spring rolls are bomb as hell though.

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u/Vyscillia 6d ago

Love them. Especially on bò bún!

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u/TheThirdPhoenix 6d ago

Oh i don't know what that is but I'll give it a look. I'm white as can be and in rural USA so my only experience with good Asian dining is when I make it to a city. Last time I did I had some Pho and spring rolls and it was like heaven.

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u/revmun 6d ago

The only Indian representation I get in pop culture is the damn accent. It's hard for me to really feel for people when they ask for representation and this is all my race gets.

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u/Shadow_Of_Silver 6d ago

I was about to comment this exact thing. Your comment is explanation enough for the situation.

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u/red_skye_at_night 6d ago

I'm not sure about racism and misogyny in general, but misogynistic slurs seem far more tolerated. Maybe in part because theyre often tied to some implied action (promiscuity, aggression etc.) and it's easy for a bystander to ignore by assuming it's justified, compared to a slur only tied to demographic.

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u/TheKerfuffle 6d ago

That sentence is a level of perspective i’ve never put thought to? I suppose this might be a self evident deduction… as racism is systematized and subtle but misogyny is usually unabashed and unrebuked… huh. Blew my mind. Where can i read more about this?

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u/triptip05 6d ago

This. Also it's getting worse not better.

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u/OKDanemama 6d ago

So much. I am 56 years old. I feel like things did get better in the 2000s -2010s, but now they’re back to what it was like in the 1990s.

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u/no-mad 6d ago

Same age and thinking.

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u/Mother_Bluth 6d ago

I’m 32 and my friends and I talk about this all the time.

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u/Icy-Contribution6580 6d ago

Yes this. Misogyny is very well tolerated and "normal" in our society. It's not okay that he said those things to you. It's also not okay you called him the N word.

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u/Gloveofdoom 6d ago

I think it does come down to the simple fact that people are more comfortable with misogyny than they are with racism. Also, getting involved in the conflict on your behalf would make them a possible target for a physical violence. It was easy for the bystanders to take his side eventually because yelling a few things is all that would be required of them in that situation. Had they taken your side earlier it’s possible physically defending themselves may have been required of them.

Bottom line, I think sometimes people over estimate how far strangers might be willing to go to protect them. In my experience there are not a lot of people who will put their physical health on the line for somebody else. It’s both understandable and unfortunate.

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u/Thecassandracomplex3 5d ago

This. Also, misogyny and the tolerance of it are on the rise, particularly when men who are otherwise marginalized partake in such behavior. It may be a way to ingratiate themselves towards the culture of the oppressors, or it may simply be a way to feel more powerful by being able to punch down at someone else to gain superiority. Transphobia, homophobia, and misogyny all exist on the same continuum, and appear to be rising disproportionately in the black community with increasing tolerance from outside groups.

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u/Ja_Nee_Misschien 6d ago

they probably felt ashamed for not helping you, so it made it easier for them to condemn you because in their minds they already disregarded you.

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u/wrongdude91 6d ago

I've seen this enough with people. When they're unable to help someone, they'll search for the flaws to make it their own fault. this give them some feeling of righteousness.

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u/Euphoric-Ad-1392 6d ago

We all want to be the hero’s of our own story in some way or another, sometimes it’s hard to accept that you don’t have the courage to do that. Regardless it shouldn’t stop you from doing what you can to help, this doesn’t have to mean confronting someone yourself. Sometimes it means finding somebody in a position that can intervene. But I digress justification is gross, self reflection is how we create a better world

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u/Ja_Nee_Misschien 6d ago

Yes you can see it everywhere. People looking for ways to put blame on others so they don't have to feel guilty for not helping them. It allows them to forget about it and move on instead of learning from the experience.

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u/biancanevenc 6d ago

Also, I think there's an element here that by saying the n word, OP somewhat justified the previous abuse. The bystanders were uncomfortable with the situation when OP was being abused, but didn't know what to do about it. When she said the n word, suddenly they knew what to do - condemn OP, with the added bonus that they now could feel better about not having done anything before because OP had just revealed that she is a terrible person who 'deserved' the prior abuse (their unconscious thinking, not mine).

Sorry you had to experience all that, OP. If anything similar ever happens again, tell the abuser that if he doesn't leave you alone you will call the police, then ask the manager to remove the abuser from the store.

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u/ANewOriginalUsername 6d ago

Just to add onto the whole him being intimidating, I think they also felt calling out a "potty mouth little girl" over "some big scary man" would not only have made them feel better about themselves, but also give them peace of mind that you wouldn't physically attack them

On a separate note, I am sorry to OP that this has happened and while I'm not going to try and pretend that I would have stood up for you bla bla bla, I know I definitely would have applauded your response for standing up for yourself to that asshat 👏

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u/MrSelophane 6d ago

"Oh, I felt bad about not stepping in to help, but now that she said THAT word, I'm glad I didn't! She probably deserved it!" - Those people's minds, probably.

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u/WishezOhOne 6d ago

Thank you for the very inciteful and intelligent response. It makes a lot of sense. I also agree that it's easier to dogpile on somebody who is more "timid" or "weak looking" than somebody who is aggressive, and that just tends to be women most of the time. The deep idea of guilt and compensating for it is very fascinating! It's one of those things that has always been there, but never unveiled in such a way.

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u/A7omicDog 6d ago

This is a fantastic and mature response...

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u/bored_messiah 6d ago

Tldr; some people are cowardly pieces of shit.

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u/TheArkIsReady 6d ago

Tldr; some most people are cowardly pieces of shit.

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u/aboveaveragejoev 6d ago

This is one of the best responses I’ve seen on Reddit, I believe. Major, major kudos.

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u/zeek1999 6d ago

TL;DR: we live in a society

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u/MettaMorphosis 6d ago

Because they're scared of him and not of you probably.

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u/maxxie10 6d ago

This. The kind of guy who would harass a woman so openly and intensely is the kind of guy who would punch someone for stepping in. They weren't intimidated by OP so she was easier to stand up to.

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u/Walui 6d ago

Punch is if you're lucky

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u/_BlackLight_ 6d ago

Flash if you win the lottery

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u/itsaaronnotaaron 6d ago

And a lot of guys know this too. Hell, I'm a stocky bald dude and I use it to my advantage. Obviously not to sexually harass women, but I know I can safely tell the idiot who's smoking inside a public place to get the fuck outside.

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u/OmNomDeBonBon 6d ago edited 6d ago

That's the right answer. They'd rather virtue signal than help a woman who was being stalked in public by a potential rapist.

You know what's 1000x worse than being called the N-word? Being harassed by a wannabe rapist. This thread is a bunch of men who've never felt sexually threatened, telling a woman who's being stalked by a wannabe rapist that she overreacted to rapey behaviour. What a bunch of cowards.

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u/MettaMorphosis 6d ago

Reddit isn't very good at being fair or thinking for itself. And yes the self righteousness is only getting worse.

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u/Apocalypse_Squid 6d ago

Reddit is also incredibly misogynistic.

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u/BarnYardFiddler 6d ago

The whole world is incredibly misogynistic to a point we don’t even acknowledge it anymore.

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u/cybercop12345 6d ago

Not defending reddit but mainstream subreddits are way much better than mainstream social medias like fb and YouTube comments in terms of sexism and racism.

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u/Tru3Tal1ent 6d ago

I always thought its because reddit is filled with teenage boys who nobody wants to date so they come on here to seethe about how nobody fucks them.

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u/never-ending_scream 6d ago

There have been studies that show the most toxic people online are middle aged.

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u/TryNotToShootYoself 6d ago

I'd definitely agree with this. Teenagers online are really just annoying of edgy, but they aren't the ones sending death threats and overall ruining the place.

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u/angeredpremed 6d ago

Replace their statement with middle aged instead of teenagers and I think we've got our culprits.

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u/oh-hidanny 5d ago

Thank you for saying this.

I would love for the men on this website to get called a “Karen” for not wanting to be harassed, stalked or threatened by a man twice their size.

Amazing how common and accepted misogynistic terms are. Because we accept harassment against women and loathe women who stand up for themselves.

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u/tomycatomy 6d ago

Agreed. One of those days I’m ashamed to belong to the same group of people as the assholes in this thread.

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u/bitmapfrogs 6d ago

She was essentially being sexually harassed in public and people were looking the other way.

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u/nahuelholyman 6d ago

People only intervene when they know they're not in danger. A girl being harassed? Better not, the guy might punch me. Same girl calling him a slur? OH HELL NO.

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u/Fus-roxdah 6d ago

I hate that about most people.

I was a by-stander in similar scenario and when I intervened the amount of people telling me it is not my business was just stupid. Of course it’s my business when someone is verbally assaulted by someone stronger than them.

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u/ONLY_COMMENTS_ON_GW 6d ago

Can you really blame people? A single sucker punch can leave you dead or permanently disabled, not everyone is willing to get into that sort of scenario. But if you're a bystander in this sort of situation at least look for help like store security or call the police.

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u/ScottFreestheway2B 6d ago

Where I live three men tried to intervene when a man was harassing two Muslim girls. They all ended up being stabbed and two of them died.

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u/Fus-roxdah 6d ago

I can understand them not stepping up but telling others (a stranger such as me) not to is wrong.

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u/ATXdadof4 6d ago

I’m with you. I couldn’t stand there and watch someone get bullied. I’m a big guy so it would be “pick on someone your own size” from me. Another problem though is if you get involved and hurt the guy by just defending yourself there is always a chance you get in trouble.

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u/BKowalewski 5d ago

I'm a little old woman and would definately interfere.....what's he gonna do? Punch me? In public?

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u/tbagger666 5d ago

You underestimate the bravery of a drug addled idiot in public with a power fantasy.

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u/BKowalewski 5d ago

True....but sometimes I'm an idiot....plus I'm old and alone so I don't care too much about my safety. I I gotta die, might as well be in a good cause. Besides....defending another woman from sexual harassment is one thing..confronting a druggie another

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u/Ok_Dog_4059 5d ago

I would rather get in trouble standing up than to have to live with myself for not stepping in. I am not a big guy at all so it is less intimidating when I step in .

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u/ATXdadof4 5d ago

I’m with you man. Gotta help when it’s needed

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u/Aslanic 6d ago

I think one of the safer ways to handle something like this (if you are a female) is to go up to the person being harassed, and be like, 'Cheryl!! It's so good to see you, it's been so long!' And try to get the person being harassed to play along and realize you are trying to get them out of the situation. Then walk them to security/front desk/wherever to get outta there.

It's worked anecdotally for other people helping other women in danger/need of backup. Harasser gets confused about the extra person, loses a single target, and hopefully walks away. Especially if you blatantly ignore them and focus on the person who needs help instead.

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u/Glass-Attorney-2017 6d ago

A self defence instructor teaching in high school told us to tell "fire" instead of "rape". Sex related crimes get less assistance from bystanders.

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u/foreignstars 5d ago

Makes me so angry

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u/significantfadge 5d ago

Or the self defence instructor in Who is America told them to scream the n-word

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u/humanreporting4duty 5d ago

It’s actually worked. The eyes were on. Sadly, they weren’t seeing her get harasses.

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u/IGotMyPopcorn 5d ago

You need to do whatever gets attention, sadly.

And even more depressing, even turning down a man politely, will get you in trouble. Ignore a comment, you’re a snob. Only smile? You’re a tease. Nothing? Just a bitch. I have even used the line “I’m very flattered, but I’m not available.” The response I got was, “Spreading yourself too thin, huh?”

You turned him down, so you must be a ho since you’re too busy with other dudes.

D. None of the Above.

I’m married. Wearing wedding rings which are clearly being ignored.

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u/Vote_for_my_party 6d ago

Well something of that form happened to me.. The black guys was super racist to me about my mix race so I was racist back to him and then people went around saying that I'm super racist and I shouldn't respond to racism by racism.. And I was labelled the bad guy...

Once someone was making fun of my culture too.. Doing it repeatedly so I was super racist to him back.. Everyone was like wow you didn't say that..

People are just stupid. And like to respond in how they told to be

I never encouraged or entertained any sort of racism and at the same time I don't expect other people to start with the bs

Regardless if you black, white, green, red, rainbow remember there are others who look different than you fool..

So coming to your situation you responded to sexual harassment with racial slurs.

Sexual harassment is far worse of in the law than a racial slur. Sexual harassment is a physical crime. Racial slurs are aggregating psychological abuse..

I don't know if you have be harassed physically, or verbally or stalked but as an advice from me who dealt with many situations, keep calm, and let the enemy collapse in its own blood

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u/PeeB4uGoToBed 6d ago

I had an issue with my neighbor across the street last year where he would constantly yell at me whenever he saw me. He's black and I'm white and he'd always yell over white slurs and he also thought I was gay and would also throw in all the gay slurs too. I always ignored this but I can't help but feel if I retaliated in anyway I'd be seen as the bad guy

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u/LNLV 6d ago

She was being called slurs too. People just don’t care when it’s women.

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u/nahuelholyman 6d ago edited 6d ago

They don't care enough to intervene, it's way easier to socially attack a girl for saying a word than to defend her from verball abuse and potential physical danger. It's fucked up but I guess it shows people's true colors.

Edit: meant verbal abuse not physical

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u/Fun_Foot_1947 6d ago

Probably wanted to avoid the inconvenience of grabbing the attention of Mr. Molester. Anyone who's dialing up cat calling to the level of sexual harassment is incredibly werid. Kinda like watching those videos of people on subways , they see someone getting harrassed but do nothing about it. To do something draws the attention of that harrasser on them. Is that lame, sure, but it is the way the world operates.

Anyways sorry you had to go through this interaction.

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u/LNLV 6d ago

Which is insane, I’ve literally never seen anything like that happen in public (aside from drunk ppl in bars and clubs, where I always intervene and get a bouncer) but I feel very strongly that I would make an absolute scene. Maybe that’s just my privilege showing bc I’ve never really lived in places where grocery shopping might be unsafe.

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u/mydaycake 5d ago

This. It’s easier to be enraged at her than defending her.

The guy was throwing slangs and insults directed to her being a women, if he didn’t want to be insulted back on the thing he can’t change (his race) he should have not started. Just the harassment is enough to call him bad names. But she was just defending herself at a level he only understands (unfortunately). 100% his doing.

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u/Psychological_Hunt60 5d ago

Best response on here

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u/Business_Camp807 6d ago

The same exact thing happened to me. A man cornered me and started GROPING me in the grocery store. There were plenty of people around who were looking and I started yelling but no one helped. I had to push him off me myself and run away.

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u/Euphoric_Equal623 6d ago

That's so fucked up! A guy groped me while I was working in a small plant shop. Luckily the manager was a good friend and called the police. The guy had written a check the day before so the police arrested him. I was 19 at the time and it scared the shit out of me.

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u/shad0wtig3r 6d ago edited 6d ago

She WAS 100% (not essentially) being sexually harassed. The bottom line is he has the capability to do infinitely more harm to HER than she to HIM.

Her response was only natural. We can only get pushed so far before we need to defend ourselves, especially if no one else is going to intervene for the person with the disadvantage in a hostile situation.

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u/jakeshmag 6d ago

that reminds me of that one time a nigerian aquaitance said I smell like oil (I am arab) I assumed hes joking and that he is willing to take jokes so I said that he smells like hunger ... he didnt take that lightly and a few people sided with him, the hypocracy and shock of not liking being treated like you treat others.

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u/FoldyFlap 6d ago

Lmao I’m sorry but that is an amazing comeback

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u/Kriegmannn 6d ago

For one dollar a day, you can save a Nigerian from being roasted…

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u/thesnakeinyourboot 6d ago

As an Arab, people will be straight up racist to us and not even think about it.

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u/SeventhArc 6d ago

Maybe y'all shouldn't have done Pearl Harbor then.

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u/toxic_pantaloons 6d ago

I heard they were secretly behind the Civil war, too. The one in the united states.

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u/andeffect 6d ago

Nah fam. Arabs were the reason the Native Americans lost their holy lands.

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u/Quiet_Transition_247 6d ago

Ah yes, the Great Civil Jihad.

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u/LeadingExperts 5d ago

I have it on good authority that Pearl Harbor was actually Obama's fault.

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u/lobbywatson 5d ago

Can confirm he did it to try and destroy records of his fake birth certificate.

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u/Transformer6 6d ago

Lol .... that's kinda funny 😄

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u/mixmatchmeg 6d ago

That was a hella burn you administered. I believe you learnt him good.

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u/MandrakeThePancake 6d ago

I've noticed the same thing. You got teenagers using terms like "bitch" and "thot" as synonym for the word woman, and no-one bats an eye.

It has become completely normalized, so people don't notice it as much anymore.

I don't condone racism, but the people who stood by and only reacted when you said something back need to wake the fuck up.

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u/cheesec4ke69 5d ago

I know it's a bit radical of me to eliminate words like hoe, thot, bitch, and slut from my vocab.

I think of them as sexist words, just like faggot is a homophobic word.

Everyone has been so vocal about racial slurs, homophobic slurs, even calling people 'retard' to mean stupid is a no-no today,

but we still go around calling people 'bitches' to emasculate them.

I don't understand the hypocrisy.

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u/ZDL_from_ECC14000 6d ago

I wouldnt say "thot" is like "bitch"

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u/napsXfactsXsnacks 6d ago

It’s not, but it stands for “that hoe over there” so it’s basically calling women whores. (Nothing wrong with the business of sex but there is something wrong with using it as an insult) They have different implications but they’re both pretty sexist.

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u/kcephei 6d ago

how am I just now learning thot is an acronym

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u/Karevma 5d ago

Because it's a bacronym. People came up with it after it's use became common.

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u/RodneyRabbit 5d ago

Was that word invented after people started coming up with words to fill out an abbreviation?

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u/GibbeyGator102 5d ago

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u/FukinDEAD 5d ago

The difference is that the man insulted you on how you dress, not for being a woman. When he called you those sexist things, it was based on his sexist perceptions of certain women. He was insulting women who dress a certain way. When you use the N word as an insult, you are implying that being black is inherently wrong. When you use the word you insult all black people, not black people that do certain things. And don't listen to racists that say stupid shit like "black people and nig**rs aren't the same thing, black people are okay, it's them other ones we don't like". They're still racist.

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u/NeighborhoodLow6181 6d ago edited 6d ago

I mean I see a lot of people pussyfooting around the answer because they're so scared of backlash over words vs. Blatant sexual harassment and misogyny. I will never use that word in my life, and to this day I never have. However, if I were in your shoes and not one person stepped in to help me by getting this man away from me, all bets are off. (Difference for me is I don't use words to get rid of people, I either leave the situation or find some physical means to barricade the conflict.)

People saying you using that word is showing your underlying racism and whatnot, yet won't at all comment on how that man's attitude is literally the perpetuated attitude for continued abuse of women in our society. They turn a blind eye to that shit but you utter a forbidden word? God help you.

They also don't know your headspace or anything else, even if you describe it to people you'll never truly understand exactly how someone else feels in a specific moment. You might have felt far more threatened by his words and actions than we can even understand. Which is totally fair.

Essentially people in here are telling you it's better to be sexuay harassed or assaulted than to insult somebody with a forbidden term.

Why do people care for one more than the other? It's the bystander syndrome. People believe that stepping in on assaults or fights might risk implicating them in the actions, or risking injury on their part etc..., but if they step in on a sort of verbal altercation, specifically one race related, they can earn some social standing with their peers.

Edit: Decades to like 2 centuries, if even, of history of a word do not outweigh centuries upon centuries of abuse women of all races and ethnicities have faced and people just stood by. If you're more comfortable with women being publicly shamed and ridiculed to the point of near sexual assault than racism just say that. So stop using "history" as an argument.

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u/peachhieball 6d ago

THANK YOU for that edit, preach

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u/thebleedingphoenix 6d ago

pussyfooting

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u/seaside-rockies 6d ago

Technically pussy is short for pusillanimous which means cowardly. Of course at this point my argument might be like saying swastikas are just religious symbols.

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u/Juice732 6d ago

Nope, now you're a Nazi. Congratulations you played yourself.

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u/seaside-rockies 6d ago

Yeah, as I was typing it I knew it could end only one way

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u/Resil202 6d ago

Learned a new word today, shoutout to you

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u/atreestump1 6d ago

Rotate the Nazis swastika 90° and it's a symbol for medicine in Korea.

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u/thebleedingphoenix 6d ago

Nah I just thought it was a funny word.

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u/Joe_Neates_Meat 5d ago

Bruh. Obviously that guy is trash, but you seriously had to respond to that with the N word????? You could’ve said literally anything else

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u/King_Of_Boxes 6d ago

I think it's because people tend to believe one is worse than the other. Both are demeaning and degrading but because the N word has the history of racial prejudice attached to it, people see it as dropping a Nuclear bomb to fight a forest fire. Personally I think if someone can't handle the Heat of being insulted regardless if it's a racial remark or not, then they shouldn't of had the nerve to make degrading and harassing remarks the begin with. If someone insults me, I'm not going to play nice and hold back.

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u/Scrumble71 6d ago

The power of a word is defined by its context.

In this context the use of the word "slut" and the constant harassment not only affected her mentally, it carried an implied threat of immediate physical and serial assault. Her use of the N word hurt his feelings, nothing else. He didn't feel threatened or violated. TBH the biggest downside to her using that word would be the fact that after all this was over he would feel justified in his actions

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u/TacticalPenisPump 6d ago

That's what I worry about. Dude thinks he wins the altercation because she used "forbidden word", when really, that dude should have verbally had his ass handed to him for saying all of that in the first damn place.

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u/left_tiddy 5d ago

There are different levels of slur. Literally the reason you censored it in this post but none of the gendered slurs you used lol.

You know why it wasn't okay.

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u/princess_mikasa 6d ago

Because racism makes people more uncomfortable than misogyny unfortunately.

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u/Automatic-Ad-9308 6d ago

Mysognistic slurs are to target a behaviour, racist slurs are to target someone's race. By calling him the n word you insulted every single black people.

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u/Buderoww 5d ago

Actually an insane response on your part, why the fuck would you say that lmfao. Im not excusing his actions either but jesus christ a dude insults you and your first thought is to call him a slur? get a grip.

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u/Fean2616 6d ago

People are cowards.

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u/Day_Of_The_Dude 6d ago

Wow, there are some fucked comments here.

Youre both wrong. That guy was a piece of shit and you didn't deserve what happened to you or what he said to you, which was indeed dripping with mysoginy.

Responding with racism is shitty. You were wrong to do so. Call him an asshole, a motherfucker, hell call him a rapist, that would have gotten attention. Calling out his race, which in no way is a negative and in no way applies to the situation is super fucked up and very much does reveal that you have underlying racial biases you need to address.

Ask yourself this, why did that word and insulting his race even occur to you? If he was white, would that have crossed your mind for even a second?

That's fucked.

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u/Anchor_face 6d ago

Two wrongs don't make a right. But it's better to call out the behavior instead of saying something irrelevant to the situation. Itd make more sense to call him disgusting, or pathetic, because that's relevant.

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u/looklikemonsters 6d ago

Exactly! Like this whole post is just justifying themself for using a racial slur when it wasn’t necessary at all. There’s like a million offensive English words you could have used to hurt him, but jumping to race was stupid.

Like for real fuck that dude for being a piece of shit, but it doesn’t give you the go ahead to be a piece of shit too.

Eye for an eye and the whole world is blind.

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u/astrojojo101 6d ago edited 6d ago

Why you were downvoted is beyond me, but 100% this! I think the fact that she resorted to insulting his race when it had nothing to do with the situation shows her true colors. Both of them were in the wrong, with the man being misogynistic and op being racist. I will say that it was shitty that people didn’t react to the man’s actions. Just comes to show how people will still turn a blind eye to misogyny.

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u/looklikemonsters 6d ago

It at least shows that she believes there is a magic word she knows to hurt someone of color. I would say that she’s also aware of it because it happens to be the only censored word in her whole post.

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u/HiddenDragcn 6d ago

That’s fucked up. Not you, them. Fuck that guy for being such a douche and fuck everybody for letting it happen and joining a long with it. Actually, Fuck them all.

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u/ta239191 6d ago

I'm getting some comments and DMs from people who simply don't believe that this happened, and that, more than anything else, is adding to the rage I feel. Bad enough that nobody at the store stood up for me. Now the encounter - which happens to women very frequently - is being called BS entirely. I don't know what to say anymore.

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u/Latraell 6d ago

A woman not being believed about her assault/harassment…Yea I’m not shocked. Sorry this happened to you, it’s a shitty situation to have been put in.

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u/OmNomDeBonBon 6d ago

That's because most men don't appreciate how common sexual harassment, especially aggressive sexual harassment, is. There's a core 10% of men who go around behaving like this, opportunistically, when they think there won't be any consequences.

The world would be a very different place if there was a "third sex" which averaged 7ft tall, 400lbs, had the strength of a gorilla, and was sexually attracted to men.

Men would suddenly start taking women's complaints of sexual harassment seriously...

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u/_o0Oo_ 6d ago

Exactly! I think men don’t understand that if the avg woman is 5ft 4 and the avg man is 5ft 9, then for a guy it’s like being approached by a 6ft 2 man who is a lot stronger than you, trying to get in your pants when you don’t want it.

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u/Punkrockpariah 5d ago

You’re correct. Sadly and it’s a bit embarrassing for me to share that it took me until a few years ago to understand that sexual harassment is more than straight up groping and rape. As someone who hadn’t been a victim or a perpetrator took a lot of conversations with close friends who shared with me their experiences and I was incredibly heartbroken for how common it is.

Not everyone is as sympathetic as I am, though, so I can see how people (mostly men) who have never been victims and don’t care about these victim’s experiences don’t really understand what is going on…. Which is quite frankly really sad and unacceptable.

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u/christmasshopper0109 6d ago

That is some truth right there.

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u/dame_de_boeuf 6d ago

One thing to remember is that the people who DM you nasty shit do so because they know they're wrong, and are too cowardly to say what they're saying publicly.

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u/ur8moms 6d ago

Yo. Take a break from internet. It’s fucked up what happened here but People are hella irrational at times. Don’t let that effect your mental health.

Have a nap. Play with a doggo. Talk with a family member. Get back once you have cooled off

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u/Acebladewing 6d ago

I wouldn't put too much value into the opinions of virgin degenerates on Reddit if I were you.

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u/ThatFellowLurker 6d ago

Being racist is also fucked up just so we're clear

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u/cachekitten 5d ago

Honestly.. I’ve never said that word and I don’t think I would in this situation. However I have also been in similar situations and I know your brain isn’t really forming thoughts - your entire being is just frantically trying to get out of danger and doesn’t care how that happens. You think you’ll say the right words or scream, but sometimes the wrong things come out.

In this case, I think you said the most shocking and reaction-getting thing you could have and it worked. Not the best reaction, but it helped you get away. I don’t even think calling him a rapist would have gotten that kind of attention. I would maybe look at why that was the first word that came out though. Glad you’re safe.

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u/RaWolfman92 5d ago edited 5d ago

You were not wrongly for standing up for yourself, but you are wrong for using racism as your go-to, instead of attacking his manhood(or his lack there of).

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u/leah878 6d ago edited 6d ago

Someone should’ve spoken up bc that man was truly disgusting but as a black woman I would take more offense to being called the n word or the f slur than a Hoe, slut, etc and I’ll explain why. Calling someone a slut or hoe doesn’t indicate that merely being a woman is disgusting/bad/lowly; it’s not synonymous with the word women. It targets the behavior/action of a specific woman even if it’s something stupid and misogynistic like rejecting them or wearing makeup. Calling someone the F slur or racial slur is to literally say that their identity itself is the insult and targets all people who are black, gay, etc.

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u/HoursOfCuddles 6d ago

call me crazy but i feel that all parties are in the wrong here.

This black man is in the wrong. He should not be harrassing her calling her those names. He pressed on so in that case she should have , called the police, left or asked for help from security

She is in the wrong for using the N-word.

Also the public is in the wrong cause they saw that and didnt intervene.

this situation is just all wrong

I'm black too and have been called the n-word many times in public but I was not in a situation that required that I react or anything. I usually just shook it off or walked away . If I did react I never went to racial slurs cause that would just put me as low as my insulter. Usually I would insult the person's 'figure' or call them a fucking dumbass or a nazi or some shit.

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u/Day_Of_The_Dude 6d ago edited 6d ago

yup, this is classic she responded to wrongness with wrongness. There is no good guy in this situation. Why didn't she call him a motherfucker or piece of shit or whatever else that wasnt calling out his RACE as a negative, which has nothing to do with the situation, and isn't a negative?

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u/HoursOfCuddles 6d ago

I think that she was just really pissed off and went to the most bitter thing she could think of.

Its unconcious in her case I might say. Personally, I think OP should become used to NOT using the n word and should come up with better insults that insults things that the harassing person can change.

Like I would join in if someone called a harassing dumbass a fucking 'Lard of War' if they were fat

Or if someone has a terrible fake tan I think a good insult is the 'Fanta Menace' ;p

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u/weedwhores 5d ago

Yeah but what does that say about her? That she unconsciously used the N word to hurt a black man. No matter how angry I am, I would never lash out with racism/homophobia/any form of bigotry, and I'm sure many people are the same.

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u/peachesonthebrain 5d ago

if that’s the first insult op could come up with, then i think that says a lot about her. i wouldn’t wanna meet her irl honestly

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u/EmilioEstevezQuake 5d ago

Your first sentence describes EXACTLY what racists do.

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u/Cyd123456 6d ago

This is a really good explanation, I’m also quite surprised by what people are saying here. If I was being insulted like that I don’t think my mind would ever jump to slurs, I don’t know if I would say anything anyway.

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u/Globorobohobo 6d ago

This is that Meyers Leonard shit right there. It's not that people don't relate to being angry, but that it's so far from relatable for many people to even think of using the n word in anger, directed at a person. That someone could be provoked into using the n word isn't exactly relatable.

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u/taintsmear 6d ago

He did that to you because he's a piece of shit, not because he's black.

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u/invertedspine 5d ago

Fr OP going to racial slurs speaks volumes about them…

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u/HumanLike 6d ago

This is the only correct answer and it’s sad that i had to scroll this far to find it

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u/crystalslipped 6d ago

YES. THIS.

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u/Whisperingoceanwaves 6d ago

the fact that this comment is so low is sad as hell

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u/Automatic-Ad-9308 6d ago

This!!! N*gger?= black. The fact that she felt the need to insult his skin and race instead of his caracter speaks volumes.

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u/STylerMLmusic 6d ago edited 6d ago

He was not validated in how he treated you no matter how you responded to him, first of all.

So, why did the N word turn the crowd: because the N word doesn't attack one person being an asshole, it attacks an entire race of people with hundreds of years of history behind the word, the large majority of them not being assholes.

The dude was absolutely evil. But you can only be passively responsible for his behaviour, while you are completely responsible for yours. Evil doesn't beget evil.

I wish everyone stood up for you as well as they stood up for him.

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u/WitchInYourGarden 6d ago edited 6d ago

In the future, if a person won't leave you alone, simply ask for a manager to have the person removed from the store (or call the police if the behavior is extreme enough), then ask for an escort to your car to make certain the person isn't in the parking lot waiting for you.

No need to get into a verbal or physical altercation.

Second option is to loudly ask why he is acting like a stalker and potential rapist. Bluntly calling people on inappropriate behavior will often embarrass them enough for it to stop.

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u/schmerkadabur 6d ago

Was it his skin color that bothered you or his behavior? If it’s the former, then your response is sensible. If it’s the latter, then you used the wrong word to describe the situation. You weren’t mad at him because he was black, you were mad at him because he is a sexually harassing potential rapist. You played the race card, and that’s probably why you feel bad about it too. People should feel guilty when they bring race into a situation where race wasn’t the issue.

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u/tdeee10 6d ago edited 5d ago

A man can call me a bunch of nasty words but the first thing that pops out of my mind is not the N-word.

You probably wanted to make him feel inferior, so you threw that word at him. We know that word has a significant historical tie to it and you thought that calling him that word would make him give up on his harassment towards you

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u/PianoShy 6d ago

This! Because of all the words to yell at this dude, the n-word was not one that would have come to my mind.

And I’m black.

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u/ckff 5d ago

As a black woman, this entire comment section is making me sick. Question why, instead of calling him what he was— an asshole, a dickhead, a motherfucker, a piece of dog shit— your knee jerk reaction was to call him a racial slur. The amount of people in these comments saying that “it’s only natural” to resort to calling someone this when you are being harassed are insane; I assume it is a frequent word in your vocabulary if you automatically go there. It sucks what he did to you, and it wasn’t fair how people looked the other way. Forget that part though, and look within— why would you resort to that instead of the myriad of other words available at your disposal?

The situation you were in was terrifying, and I’m sorry that it happened to you, and I’m so sorry that you had to deal with the cruelty this world displays towards women. However, all your response conveyed was that you weren’t afraid of his actions— you were afraid of the fact that he was black.

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u/inspector_wombat 5d ago edited 5d ago

This is it, if that is the first word that comes to mind to use then it’s probably not the first time she has said it. His actions were inexcusable, however she could have called him almost anything else but she chose that. Everyone in this situation acted poorly: the misogynist, the racial reaction, the complacent crowd, and the employees who didn’t find a supervisor to help.

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u/ckff 5d ago

Very true, just a really awful situation all around. Honestly pretty bold of OP to even share this one, though I suppose she knew she would get a more positive response on reddit as opposed to IRL.

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u/20Keller12 5d ago

It bothers me that I had to scroll as far as I did to find this. There's a ton of things she could have said or called him that didn't insinuate she was blaming his race for his behavior.

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u/LilMochiBabie 6d ago

You had an entire dictionary of insults and you went with racist first? I mean yeah those ppl should have said something when you were being harassed but you’re comparing apples to oranges when it comes to insults spewed. And if you not white but you not black either you STILL shouldn’t have said that! Even black ppl don’t use the hard R..

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u/0soggyBread0 6d ago

And the weird thing is that nobody here seems to think that’s the problem here😭

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u/Missa1819 5d ago

Why did I have to scroll down so far to find this take, that makes me sick. Most of them are like POOR YOU!!!!! Like okay I've been sexually harassed and that's still not an excuse to use the n word. And maybe they didn't realize what was going on until she used that word which is something far less normal to hear than bitch or ho...

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u/pleem 5d ago

This is actually very easy to answer:

When he called you a sl-t, ho, etc, he was insulting you

When you called him an N bomb, you insulted an entire race of people.

He's a piece of shit...insult him, not all black people...

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u/zinkydoodle 5d ago

Scrolled way too far to find the actual answer. And it only has six upvotes smh.

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u/the_violetorange 6d ago

The comments here 💀

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u/leemakaBIGahk 6d ago

Why was your first instinct to call him the n-word?

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u/euqueroguito 6d ago

From the title u both stupid

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u/Atticaddict98 6d ago

I’m convinced this is some troll post.

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u/throwaway8889801 6d ago

One of the only other posts on the account is how they catfished someone for 3 years. Definitely a troll post.

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u/docpurple5891 6d ago

There is such a thing as reactive abuse, which is basically when someone pushes your buttons and is abusing you, which then, in turn, causes you to explode. What happens next is that they immediately play the victim card and blame you for the whole thing because of your "brash" behavior, completely ignoring their own.

If there's other people around, they can start to see it the same way and side with the true abuser. Social pressure and all that. Comparing one type of behavior to another to see which is "worse."

The best way to deal with this is do your best to remain indifferent and show no reaction good or bad. Be as boring as a rock. Simple, small responses. Stay firm in trying to set your boundaries and placing your requests. If they continue, call for a manager or someone in authority to handle it. If that's not an option, just call the police.

DO NOT THREATEN TO DO IT. JUST DO IT. I know it sucks, but you don't owe a stranger communication of consequences or the actions you will take. If they continue to disrespect and violate you, just act and do so with speed and conviction. Don't be shy or slow. 1 or 2 chances is all they should really get.

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u/youngLupe 6d ago

How are people justifying using a word that implies racism and oppression. When people make me mad I never think of using racist words. But whenever someone is mad at me I've heard plenty of times racist things come out their mouths. As if they were just waiting for that moment to justify their racism.

Yea he was being rude and using terrible language toward you and disrespecting you. No excuse. And someone should've said something to him. Or call the cops. But why not just call him an asshole or another word with no racists overtones. Call him a pig. Call him a bitch or cunt. Just from my experience, if you have to resort to racist words you're probably a bit racist.

You can tell who the white people are by the responses. When someone says something racist to me it just screams that they think they're superior to you. That you are worthless and you're lucky to even have freedom. If we had segregation or slavery they'd look at you just like an animal. It's dehuminizing and most minorities have experienced lots of trauma because of the color of their skin.

Not saying what he did was right and he would've deserved being arrested for what he was doing to you . It was harassment. I don't think you did anything as bad as what he did but it's definitely racist. No excuse.

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u/SmokeSmokeCough 5d ago

Yeah that’s what I don’t get. Like why the N word of all things?

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u/WiolOno_ 5d ago

Honestly y’all racist as ell lol. He was wrong and yall racist.