By Anonymous - United States - Flower Mound
Today, I got a gift-wrapped package in the mail from my racist mother-in-law. She's always hated me, so I thought it was a bit strange. Inside was a squirt gun and a note telling me to take my "black ass" for a walk around a police station with it, followed with a smiley face. FML
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  Mrtigerblue  |  14

#46 yes it is protected which while not a great thing does stand for the protection of all free speech. I for one don't see this as a complete bad thing considering I don't want to see Amy restrictions by the government on what we are allowed to say or think. I believe that us as people should move past such hate but that on a legal level the government shouldn't interfere

  Waschlappen  |  23

I live in Denmark and here we also have the freedom of speech, but we also have something called the rascisme paragraph, where you can get fined if you use your freedom to speak in a rascist manner. So you can be able to speak freely and while still having certain restrictions as to how much hate you'll allow.
On a second note I'm not sure if it's a good idea to actually report you're mothe-in-law. Always tricky when it's family.

  blazingshot147  |  19

@117, that would never work in America. At the moment, only white people can be racist and only men can be sexist. (Yes, that's a hyperbole, but it has a huge ring of truth to it.)

By  lnheritance  |  19

Just send it back and say, "Didn't you mean this for yourself?" With a winky face.

  lexa1love  |  16

I imagine anyone walking around a police station with a gun is likely to get shot. Anyone with a gun threatening harm to me or mine is dead. Don't care if it's a man or a woman or if they are black, white, blue, purple or any other color.

  GummiieBear  |  12

There's plenty of statistics and the pure fact that at least 3 times a week I have to hear about a black teen or young adult being murdered by the police b/c they feared for their life when an unarmed teen was near them is enough for me. I've seen police brutality up close and personal, I've also seen how my white friends can be drunk, high, armed and driving and not even be detained but I can be sober and sleep but be harassed.

  isisorchid  |  16

Last year a white homeless man was beaten to death here in Fullerton for resisting arrest. In videos you can hear him sobbing, begging for them to stop, saying he wanted his dad. It's not just black people that police victimize. But, look how many officers are killed in the line of duty versus how many citizens, innocent or criminal, are killed. The only difference between the two is that officers are rarely convicted of their crime when they do go corrupt.

  icekitten14  |  12

#130, that's terrible! I agree, it isn't just black people. I think people in general are harassed by the police, simply because the police can do anything and say it was self defense. I'm not saying every policeman is a terrible person, as I am married to an officer, but there are some people out there that shouldn't have a badge.

  AyOoDaLoBo33  |  10

Exactly!!! I live in a very small town and police have very wrongully harmed two light skinned people in my area. They shot and killed one man and they beat another and left him for dead. These police murders and beatings happen to everyone regardless!

  smile5210  |  7

Yes, it happens to whites too, but significantly more to blacks. I don't remember the exact numbers, but if the 40 or so police shootings this year about 5 white, 5 Latino, 2 women, the rest black men.

By  samantha236le  |  17

Racism is unacceptable.. but the actual definition is saying one race is superior to another race.. almost everyone forgot the real definition of racism. FYL

  Nymeria_fml  |  25

I don't see OP giving an actual definition, so I don't know what you're on about. In any case, OP knows his mother-in-law better than you do, so criticizing his use of the word 'racist' is pointless.

  Chizzle1496  |  6

13, To be fair, the mother in law was not being racist in this instance. Hateful, yes, but not racist. Pretty much all she did was point out that a black man with anything that looks like a gun will get shot by the police.
Granted the 'black ass' part was racist but not the other part.

  RedPillSucks  |  31

shes implying OP should have used the word,"bigot" instead of "racist". today people use them interchangeably though they dont meqn the same thing

  Nymeria_fml  |  25

This is not difficult to understand, though. OP is not saying that this one event mentioned in the FML makes his mother-in-law racist. OP is saying she is a racist, and we don't know the woman to know if she's racist or a 'bigot' as you say. I'm going to trust OP with this one because OP actually knows the person.

  tantanpanda  |  26

#30, you're right
you guys are misinterpreting the fml. OP said that he first got a packaged gift from his racist mother-in-law. Then he opened the package and found the squirt gun. Had he called her racist after recieving that, then you have a right to say he misused the term racist. Since he called her racist BEFORE he found out what was inside, this implies that he knows his mother-in-law has actually been racist in the past, giving OP uneasy feelings about the package before opening it. You can't really say that OP misused racist because he referred to the mother-in-law as racist before the opening of the package. IF you knew her personally, then sure, go ahead, but you probably don't.

  chosha_fml  |  25

#27 OP is speaking from experience that she is racist. The adjective doesn't have to refer to what she did here. But the fact that she suggested that he, a black man, take the toy gun and walk around the police station to (she hopes) get his 'black ass' shot sounds pretty racist to me.