My friend and I were window shopping in soho today, when a black man approached us and gave me a cd.
I accepted, thinking: “Cool, free cd.” He started talking about his music, when a couple of his friends suddenly came over. One tried to give my friend his cd, and my friend refused.
The man got angry, accused my friend of being racist, and with a huff, walked away.
We were too dumbfounded to say anything, and the first man wordlessly took back his cd. I guess it wasn’t free after all.
Now I know the man must have countless of horrible experiences, and to a point I can’t blame him for jumping to that conclusion. Asians are generally in a weird position in the racism issue. Things aren’t perfect for us, but we’re not automatically suspected and feared wherever we go. And it’s a sad state of affairs, but people of color do discriminate against each other. I do not envy his position.
A petty part of me still wishes I had retorted: “Well, you’re instantly rude when a girl doesn’t react like you wanted, you must be a misogynist.”
Overall, I’m glad I didn’t, and I’m seriously trying not to get butthurt here – but man, what are you talking about.