Her Family Was Outraged When She Confronted Her Racist Grandparents for Abusing Her Cousin

At her grandpa’s birthday party, a young woman upset her older relatives because she strongly defended her adopted cousin when they made racist comments. Here’s what the 20-year-old woman had to say.

Her Infant Cousin Is Adopted

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The young woman began, “My aunt adopted Max, who is now 17 years old when he was a baby. He’s half-East Asian, so he looks nothing like our very white family. I think he’s pretty cool, as do most of us.”

Her Grandparents Are Racist

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But not everyone in the family is 100% cool with Max. The guy’s elderly grandparents can be a bit weird about having a grandson that doesn’t look anything like them or anyone else in the family.

The Aunt Avoids Her Parents

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“My grandparents are ignorant, and my aunt doesn’t see them unless it’s an emergency or an entire family thing,” shared the woman.

This trouble started at one of those family events.

It Was Grandad’s Birthday

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The whole family (including Max) got together to celebrate. Things seemed okay at first, and the grandparents welcomed Max like any other member of the family.

But then Granddad started making some pretty big blunders, and they just kept coming.

They Discussed Hockey

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The first gaffe came during a conversation about ice hockey. The grandad overheard Max talking about a recent hockey game. This is how he responded: “I didn’t know Asians liked hockey, but then again, you’re fake Asian, right? I mean, what real Asian is called Max Johnson? “

Max Ignored Him

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Max probably felt angry and upset, but he didn’t say anything. Instead, he decided to ignore his grandad. Unfortunately, in Grandad’s world, that’s a huge sign of disrespect. He started shouting at Max.

The grandmother saw what was happening, but rather than trying to cool the situation down, she started laying into Max too. And what she said was also pretty damn racist.

Grandma Joined In

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Then the woman’s grandma butted in and said, “Asian folk aren’t usually this tall, so he must feel like something standing here with all these smaller white men. Well, Max, you’re still Asian; don’t you forget it.” 

The Woman Intervened

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Max just looked confused. She was essentially reminding him to know his place because he is Asian! The woman found that unbelievable.

That was a step too far for the woman. She had to stick up for her cousin, so she told both grandparents they were out of line and acting crazy.

They Turned On Her

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They stopped shouting at Max and directed their anger toward their granddaughter instead. They screamed at the woman, accusing her of trying to embarrass and humiliate them in front of the family.

The Woman Got Told Off

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Then the woman’s mom gave her a stern talking to. She took her daughter aside and said she should have done what Max did, i.e., ignore them because they’re old and out of touch, instead of creating a big drama at Grandpa’s birthday.

The Grandparents Demand An Apology

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The woman said, “My grandparents were still mad at me before we left, and my grandma won’t stop talking about how disrespectful I am.” 

It’s been over a week since the argument, but the woman’s grandparents refuse to talk to her until she apologizes. But the woman doesn’t think she should back down.

Was She In The Right?

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The woman was fairly confident that she was right to defend her cousin in this case but sought the opinion of the online community to verify her feelings. Her mother thinks her grandparents weren’t being racist and are just out of touch with life in a diverse society, but the woman thinks that’s no excuse for what they said.

The Online Community Responded

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One user wrote, “Not the jerk. It’s funny how suddenly ‘disrespected’ racists are when people give them a taste of their own medicine.”

Another person agreed, “Exactly. You didn’t disrespect anyone, only stood up for your cousin getting racially abused by their grandparents.”

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