AndrewGravesSVHe's literally the author of the original article dumbass. Read the rest of the thread and you'll see he appreciates that a discourse was started on NS.
You provided a defense for people commenting on someone's race off the bat at a ski resort in their home country and then compared it to your travels in rural areas. Most people in the US have seen BIPOCs before so shouldn't be be a novelty. If anyone is going out to do an activity where they aren't in the overwhelming majority group gets immediately othered then it doesn't make it seem welcoming regardless of intent
If you actually spent the time to read what I said, I acknowledge that it shouldn’t be brought up, that I myself wouldn’t, and that I’m sure it’s uncomfortable to be in that position.
I was trying to point out that the people mentioning things like “you’re the first Asian skier I’ve seen up here” might not mean anything past the fact that you’re the first Asian skier they’ve seen. Which would clearly be a poor choice of words to say, but it doesn’t show they’re trying to other you, think poorly of your race, or think you shouldn’t be there.
Intent and context does matter, do they shout that you’re the first race they’ve seen doing something? Are they already in conversation with you and they mention it? Is it the first words from their mouths? Are they giving you stares?
Having grown up in a diverse area and being with a wide range of friends. I’m used to seeing crappy looks and stares and negative racial undertones. I’ve also had a few friends who legitimately are on such high alert that they have thought they’ve heard other friends saying the N word in certain conversations, which were actually never said. Or back to when people would look at us in restaurants in highschool, some of my friends would think it was because they were a minority but in reality it was probably because we were a bunch of loud idiots doing something obnoxious.
My point in bringing that up isn’t to defend ANY kind of racist behavior or that it doesn’t happen.
My point is that sometimes ill intent isn’t meant where we think it is and that since minorities do indeed face much opposition throughout their lives that it becomes easy to start thinking -
mentioning of race = racist person who doesn’t want me here.