This week, I’ve had three interesting Oreo-related conversations. One of them really rubbed the wrong way. Transcripts are below. Unless otherwise indicated (or me), all speakers are white…natch.
Monday – during lunch
OreoExperience: “How was the college tour this weekend?”
Friend: “So, he decided against San Diego State. And I’m so glad! When we went there, there were so many Asians! I mean, who is my son going to hang out with when there’s nothing but Asians in the engineering school?”
Tuesday – at the gym
Friend: “I just talked to Manuel–the guy who cleans the cafe up here–for the first time.”
OreoExperience: “Cool. He seems really nice.”
Friend: “He is. He’s been married for 15 years and he has a son.”
Friend: “Yeah. And I was especially glad to hear that he only had one son. I mean, Mexicans have such big families and he obviously can’t support them working at that job.”
Wednesday – outside reception at work
OreoExperience: Thanks for bringing the release forms, I’ll get them to the right person for you.
NewWriter: Thanks, I appreciate it.
OreoExperience: Are you new to LA or have you been here a while?
NewWriter: Just a couple of years. I was doing production before and only recently started writing.
OreoExperience: Cool. Well good luck! It’s a tough business, but it’s pretty awesome.
NewWriter: Yeah. I have this one friend who’s Nigerian. And he told me about how when he goes in for meetings, people really intimidated by him and expect him to be like stereotypically black or something. Like he writes regular comedy, but they expect him to sound like Tyler Perry.
How. Dare. He?? My week was going so well!!
Friend had the decency to not notice that I was also brown (on the outside) and therefore might be thrown off by stories filled with stereotypetastic overtones. She didn’t think for one second that while she was sad that her son would be the “only one” of him at his new school, that I might have little sympathy for that because I have pretty much been the “only one” in every school I’ve ever been to ever. shhh, black! YAY!! My Oreo work has paid off!! Bonus points because the disdain she intimated that she had for minorities reminded why I’m trying to hard to escape my ethnicity in the first place.
She got to dump about annoying things that people
of color do; I got to validate my lifestyle choice. Everyone wins!
So thanks, NewWriter, for bursting my Oreo bubble. By attempting to compassionately connect with me about the bummers of racism, you shined a great big ol’ spotlight on my skin color that I have been (ironically) trying to keep in the dark for so long.
What was the last thing that someone said to you that rubbed you the wrong way–race related or otherwise. Bonus points if it was something from this blog. Either way, let us know in the comments!
For more on Tyler Perry perils, click here.
For things people didn’t go ahead and say that I so wish they had, click here.
For conversations people wish TheOreoExperience understood better, click here.
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