Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Racism

Until something happens to you directly or personally, you can NEVER completely understand it.

Yesterday I experienced my first and hopefully last racist encounter. I've heard of peoples experiences here and there, from friends, TV, newspapers, etc... But In my 24 years of life, I've never been insulted directly about my color or race the way I was yesterday.

I'm at the bank (Chase Bank on 45th and 5th), and this Caucasian guy walks up behind me and after waiting in line for a while (about 15mins) he looks at me and says something, I didn't hear him because my headphones were in, so I take them out and say "excuse me, I didn't hear what you said", and he says "I've been waiting here a while and I don't deserve to be waiting this long, you're black and dressed "urbanly" you shouldn't be in front of me" and he goes on to say "I make more money than you anyway, so you should be behind me". I'm surprised and didn't know what to say or how to react to his words, as this has never happened to me before. I stood there for about half a minute, then I said "hmmm, I won't even entertain your stupid mentality and ignorance" and put my headphones back in.

What happened next was the most surprising to me... One of the bankers (also Caucasian) walks up and takes him out the line and proceeds to handle his transaction, that's what really disgusted me to the core more than the words of the first guy, the fact that this banker hears what was said and enables this kind of behavior and racist comments.

I never would have believed that I would be in a situation like that, EVER.

I'm a VERY passionate person and had I entertained his racist comments, I'm sure it would've became more than JUST words, so I showed restraint. Now I'm thinking "should I have handled it differently? because now he thinks there's nothing wrong with what he said and to add to it, the banker empowered him further".

As I walked out of the bank my anger subsided and it became disappointment and a certain sadness that people still live with hate, racism, and self-entitlement in there hearts and actions.

Racism is still alive and sadly I experienced it...

-Is(Smile)-

Sent via Ismail's Blackberry by AT&T

5 comments:

Sheneka said...

I would 've soooo report that bank, teller, & all.

Calligrafist said...

I still can, I was just so disgusted I had to leave.

vanillawafer2991 said...

I wouldn't know what to do in that situation either. Thats insane...and it took a shitload of audacity and pride. Excuse my French. How old was this guy?

Calligrafist said...

he had to be in his 30s, maybe late 20s... some blue collared guy.

vanillawafer2991 said...

Oh Gosh!! smh

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