Post something on this forum or on EJMR which is more brutal. And ask a question but casually mention somewhere in the post you are a minority person. And watch how you are attacked and torn apart. Of course, I have never posted anything before, but this has been my observation.
This same racist behavior is on display at conferences but very, very hidden and very much under-the-surface.
I have been to conferences and learned it does not help when it comes to networking. I am usually the only person of my race at a conference, so I never meet someone of my race. I am a 4/4 Native American, which means a "full-blood" although that is very much a meaningless and ridiculous European concept. Of course, no one recognizes me as a Native American - they assume I am of some other race (Brazilian, Argentinian, East Indian, Guatemalan, Middle Eastern, Cuban, Peruvian, etc). The only race that seems accepting towards me are dark-skinned Hispanics who have not married a white person. If they are married to whites, they too are usually not accepting.
So my personal experience has been that networking never helps someone of my race. Other skins (our slang word for American Indians) also say that going to non-Indian conferences never helps with networking. Unless you wear a sweat shirt that says "Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians" or something like that to advertise that you are Native American, in which case you frequently attract the wrong kinds of people to you.
So conferences for the express purpose of networking are a complete waste of time for someone of my race. I am intrigued about the experience of other minorities. What has been your experience.