So, you know how sometimes you’ll step into a room and someone will be having a conversation that either a) is about you or b) they think will embarrass them, so they stop talking all fast, which is is actually more awkward than just finishing the sentence.
Well, that just happened.
I walked into our break room to throw out the remnants of my chicken parm and one of our supervisors was telling this to an intern.
Supe: “You don’t know Chris Rock, well, he’s a bla—”
And then I appeared.
Supe: “Um…African American comic…and…um….”
I had about 30 seconds left to clear my plate and put my leftovers (dinner) in the fridge, so I just hung out as they got
Finally, when I left, they started talking again. Which was silly because there’s no fourth wall on that kitchen, so as soon as I crossed the threshold into the hallway and they went back into their conversation, I could hear them as well as I could if I were standing next to them.
The supe finished describing Chris Rock and the intern continued to not know who he was.
Needless to say, I was embarrassed.
Because I do know who Chris Rock is.
Few things prove your Oreoness more than not recognizing a prominent name of color in casual conversation.
In high school, it was not knowing who Taye Diggs was. Right now, it’s the blank look on my face when someone mentions Wade, Bosh or Drake.
Equally as Oreo-tastic is not realizing that say Miles Davis was black or that Cole Porter wasn”t. Though, now that I know those facts, I’ll have to find some other icons to misinterpret.