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Jackie Forster laments ‘racism’ against family in US

/ 11:27 AM July 02, 2019
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Jackie Forster and daughter Caleigh  (Image: Instagram/@jackie_forster)

Jackie Forster recounted her experience with racism during a family vacation in the United States.

Forster, her husband, Michael Franken, and kids Jared, Caleigh and Yohan have been in the States for the past weeks, touring California and, most recently, Las Vegas. The family is traveling with Forster’s sister Farrah Forster, whose kids also tagged along.

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While the kids have been enjoying summer in America, Forster opened up about the dark side of their trip.

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White Supremacy is so rampant these days. I haven’t experienced this much racism in a very long time. From the people who pushed around Jared and bullied the other kids with him at the lazy river because they were “splashing around too much” to the waitress at Citizen who refused to take our orders (and said unnecessary things while taking our orders later) when we were ready very quickly upon being seated due to the long wait outside plus the number of hungry children we had and there was this couple in the parking lot just last night who shouted at me because the children were taking too long to get out of the 15 seater van we rented.. mind you they came in the wrong way on a one way lane – so of course I didn’t walk behind the van quickly because I thought they were passing but Also In total their wait wasn’t more than 2 minutes!? Even after letting them know there is parking on the other side of the van and telling them the car had many children the woman responded with even more sarcasm. (I wish they had Cctv) When you’ve experienced racism growing up and have traveled the world enough you will know with more certainty when people size you up for certain reasons. Their whole demeanor is a tell tale. Funny how they don’t see how obvious and ignorant they look and how sad THEY really are. It’s even more sad to know so many people face racism practically every day their whole lives. I wish people would be kinder. ✨ #mandalaybay

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“White Supremacy is so rampant these days. I haven’t experienced this much racism in a very long time,” she said in an Instagram post on Monday, June 17.

She recalled that her son Jared and other children were “bullied” at a water park, a waitress “refused to take our orders” at a Las Vegas restaurant and that a couple yelled at them while they were getting off a minivan at a parking lot.

“When you’ve experienced racism growing up and have traveled the world enough you will know with more certainty when people size you up for certain reasons. Their whole demeanor is a tell tale,” she wrote.

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“Funny how they don’t see how obvious and ignorant they look and how sad THEY really are. It’s even more sad to know so many people face racism practically every day their whole lives. I wish people would be kinder.”

Instances of racism toward Filipinos and other people of color across the US have been documented on social media. According to an April 2019 Pew Research Center report, 76% of Asians said they have experienced racism. Asians also said they experience more slurs or jokes because of their race or ethnicity.  /ra

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