Microaggressions

While on my bicycle waiting for the light to turn green, a couple of guys on the corner were hissing at me asking for my number. I ignored them. Then one of them said “she’s acting like she’s white.” I later phoned a good friend (also African American) to tell her the story and my disappointment. She said “you act like a white person, the way you dress, the way you talk, If I didn’t know you and heard you over the phone I’d think you were white.”

I followed up with “I’m sorry, what does a white person sound like vs. other people?” She said “you speak all proper, you don’t talk or do things black girls do. I can’t say it no other way than that so you can’t be mad about it if someone calls you white.”


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January 15th, 2013 | Comments (0)

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