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Re: “The Race Issue

Lets talk about racisim I have never thought I was racist, and no one had ever accused me of being so until a recent incident at a bar in downtown Charleston. A buddy and I (both WASPS) were trying to strike up a conversation with two other guys and a beautiful women who was with them. I am still relatively new to the Charleston scene, so I tried to start up an innocuous conversation with the lady, who was very well spoken. We began with the usual boring, “where are you from?”, “what do you do?” type questions, which eventually lead to her mentioning that she is half black. I have to admit I was surprised, and in searching my socially inept brain for a witty retort I asked if she could speak Ebonics. The three of them were obviously offended I apologized profusely and left the bar. I have always considered myself to be blind to race. I feel terrible that I offended her and her friends who were also enraged. I had no intention of disrespecting anyone. If a blond women told me she was from California I might have playfully asked if she spoke, “valley girl” , and I would have at least expected the conversation to continue. After looking back at the situation I realize now that she has likely been the target of a social stigma the likes of which I am sure I cannot begin to understand. It is my belief that this is why we don’t talk about race in an open forum. I don’t believe your race matters anymore than your shoe size or your vegetable preference, but there is such a great societal drive to be politically correct and huge fear of offending someone by just talking about it that it is easier to just be silent.

Posted by gradguy on October 22, 2007 at 2:44 AM
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