I've had a thatblackgirl expericence today.
I've read the statistics which state that 78% of all black women are overweight, but still.
So I was in the cafeteria with three classmates(two white and one who is 1/4 Asian and 3/4 white) this morning getting breakfast and while we where sitting at a table eating our plates of grease, a very thin striking dark skinned black woman passed us wearing a white suit. Two of my classmates make a statement about how thin(about size 0-2) the black woman was in the way that women do when they are admiring the body of another woman. One of the white classmates make a statement that she was especially thin for a black woman, and laughed afterwards. The second white classmate was struck dumb and just looked at her. the third classmate who is 1/4 Asian would not bring her head up to meet my eyes or idiots(or maybe she did not hear her). I do not hear overt comments like this very often so it really shocked the hell out of me.
Later on I asked the dumbfounded classmate about what the other classmate said just to make sure I wasn't imaging things. Well of course, she made up something else to cover idiot. I can't say I was hurt because I don't expect much from most people but I am angry that she would say that in front of me. Why not wait until she is in the company of an all white group to say those things.
Before my black people jump on me for that last sentence, let me explain. In an ideal world people would not be racist or make those type of course statements. We don't live in an ideal world, so at the very least I say that you have respect for me and keep those thoughts to your self.
Funny thing is, she is obese herself, so she has no room to talk.
She has always been very friendly towards me but today during clinicals she was especially so. I think her guilt was eating her up. Or maybe she is afraid that I will report her to our instructors.
I don't think she is a night rider for the klan, but I do think she has deep seated issues. I think she has a bit of that igorant-racism that most whites have and a little bit of malice based racism too.
I should mention that she told a Japanese man(yesterday) who was born in the US that he spoke excellent English. I quickly steped in to tell her he was American born. He was a bit irratated by her comment. From what I've read and heard this is a statement that American born Asains hear all of the time.
6 months ago