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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Said to me today...

woman: "Ain't you never seen a black person before?"
me: "What?"
woman: "Is that why you're staring?"

I'm left flabbergasted because this is the first moment I actually laid eyes on the woman. She really had her hackles up about something. I felt badly she thought I was staring. I wanted to respond indignantly and tell her I've lived in Chicago and Indianapolis and I've seen, talked to, worked with, befriended many black people. However, this would have come across as quite defensive. So, I let well enough alone and didn't look at her again.

My co-worker then watched her walk out with what we think were stolen cassette tapes from our book sale area. Just a very weird moment for me which came at the end of a very long, tiring day.

4 comments:

Alaina said...

How dare you stare! :) Did mom tell you her similar story?

Kim said...

Dave and I both enjoyed this story. :)

Heather L. said...

Well, that totatlly explains her actions -- she wanted to rile you up so that you were afraid to challenge her taking something...

liz nelson said...

sounds like some of my (and i'm sure your) hpb experiences. people are so weird... i hate when they walk around with attitudes like that. how can they live that way?!

 
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