Conventional wisdom seems to indicate that, generally speaking, each generation is a little bit more tolerant than the generation before. That means we’re less racist than our parents, and they’re less racist than their parents. But man oh man, these stories from redditors prove that the last two generations included some people who were really racist.
1. THE_FLYING_CAMEL_69 had a grandfather who was abnormally committed both to being a racist jerk and ruining a holiday for children.
My dad said his grandfather on Halloween, would dress up like a person in the KKK, and hand slices of watermelon to the all the black kids.
2. User jnaloomis realized her mother had some racist ideas as well as some misogynistic ones.
I will never forget having a conversation with my mother about interracial relationships. I posed the question: would she rather I be with a white man that beats me, or a black man that treats me well? To which she responded, "So long as you're not with a n****r."
3. Caddy15 heard one of those racist jokes that grandpas love to tell, except he wasn’t kidding.
This one from my grandfather always stuck with me:
"If you see a white man running, he's late. If you see a black man running, he's in trouble."
I was seven and I knew at that moment that what he said was ridiculous.
4. User gonekuckoo had a grandma so blinded by bigotry that she couldn’t even get her racist epithets correct.
When I was really little I had my friend over who happened to be mexican. My Grandma came for dinner and saw me playing with my friend and exclaimed "WHO IS LETTING HER PLAY WITH SAND NG*RS?" Right as my friend's mom was walking in the door. My parent's were absolutely mortified.
5. Same deal with ninjastandingbehindu, who seemingly made up a racist term from scratch.
One time my grandma referred to a black man as an avocado.
6. YoungMouse heard her grandfather say something pretty awful, although even if he hadn't said the N-word, it still would’ve been offensive.
We live in Florida and go to the beach a lot in summer. I tan pretty evenly, but not on purpose. So mid-summer, I start to realize how tan I'm getting and mention it to my mom. My grandfather pipes up with, "Watch out, you'll turn into a n*****!" I was floored.
7. “Learn English, or go back” where, buffalomiley’s dad? Knott’s Berry Farm?
On time at Disneyland, I was walking down main street with my dad and an Asian family had stopped in front of us and starting talking to one each other in another language. My dad said "Learn English, or go back." The dad of that family turned around and in perfect English said "Excuse me? Did we offend you?"
8. Scubabooba’s parents didn’t even want him dating grad school Rihanna.
I made a joke about dating a black girl to my parents once and got a ridiculously long lecture about how I'm the fuck up of the line of history. I made up this girl and went on anyways.. I showed them an attractive picture of Rihanna and told them that she just got accepted into a masters program and she comes from an upper class family. They still didn't give a shit.
9. Similar to Throwingdownxx5’s story, lots of kids weren’t allowed to watch Roundhouse because their parents didn’t want to expose them to drama kids.
my parents wouldn't let me watch "All That" on Nickelodeon in the 90s because it was a "black show"
(i still watched it)
10. Yeah, mrs_sgtpeppermd, it still wouldn’t have been funny, though.
My grandparents made me think that the N word was the appropriate term for black people. So I didn't understand why all the black girls at the slumber party I was at didn't find my Arnold Schwarzenegger pun very funny.
11. We’re not going to tell you what ANewMachine615’s grandma calls Brazil nuts either.
My grandmother introduced me to that one. We go into K-Mart, years ago, and she goes off looking for "something specific." Now, we live in a very, very white state, but she managed to find the one black employee at this store and ask her, very loudly and in a way that made clear she thought she was hilarious, where she could find Brazil nuts. But, y'know, with the other name.
She was kind of a terrible person.