Definition: Something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof; a supposition.
After posting the last blog topic about the Flavor of Love (White Frail Girl vs. Angry Black Woman) incident. It made me think about my initial reaction to the clip we all saw on television. That entire fight was edited to make it appear as if the black woman was just acting her typical self and picked on the poor defenseless white girl. I keep referring to the other female as white girl because that is in fact what she called herself.I'll admit I was guilty of assuming it was the black woman's fault, due to the way they presented the situation to the viewers. Which shows how even television is the major factor in perpetuating the stereo types about African Americans. Nothing really new to us.
I thought about my brief few years living in the “real world” and some of the encounters/assumptions I have come across particularly since moving to Dallas, Teaxs. For starters I guess my parent’s were using their heads when they named me. On paper you would never know what race I am and especially if you’re talking to me over the phone. It never fails when I walk into an interview the white interviewers always have this look like “Oh”.
Since working out here I have always be the only “one”, so it’s up to me to represent an entire race based off my behavior. People have been surprised at: how well groomed/dressed I am, how articulate, the fact that I had a normal upbringing/childhood, I am highly educated, I know and was raised with having high quality material items, and I wasn’t raised in the hood or ghetto (No, I personally don’t know any gang members).
I could go on and on with the ASSumptions I have become victim to. But my question is:
What assumptions/stereo types have you had to face while co-mingling in the “real world”?