Something that’s really started annoying me lately is that Americans, mainly US citizens, seem to think that white people can’t be prejudice against other white people. That Europe apparently has no racism because it’s full of white people and I just ? One, black people, Asian people, latinx and people of colour in general exist EVERYWHERE, including Europe, but xenophobia anyone? For example, in the UK, we have a lot of xenophobia towards Polish and Eastern Europeans, especially Romanians and Ukrainians (which is absolutely absurd for a “kingdom” that was built on a long history of colonialism and slavery, but I digress) anyways, Poles and Eastern Europeans literally get called vermin. They are insulted for their accents. They are branded as “chavs” which happens to be a stereotype for the poor in the UK (we suffer from very severe classim here as well.) Yet when I tell people outside the UK (or Europe) about this, especially Americans, one of two things happens. 1) They have no idea what actually goes on in the UK or 2) They call me a liar and say that white people can’t be prejudice against other white people even when some white people are actually attacking and even killing other white people over their accents, and the fact they don’t “belong” in the country/countries.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t apply one country’s politics to every country’s politics. People have different relationships to immigration and race depending on what country you’re in. Don’t invalidate another person’s experience just because it doesn’t fit your rhetoric.