Racism Today @ Jazz Fest
About 90 minutes after my arrival, and 75 minutes after B has arrived, one of our neighbors, a middle aged white woman spoke over B to me, saying:
“When is your guest arriving?”
I replied telling her that this (B) is my wife. She replied saying something like: “I must have been in my own world”. No further conversation over the next 4 hours until now.
This is simple, non-vicious RACISM. People of color are often invisible. Though this woman meant no harm, B faces this subtle RACISM far too often!!! It hurts! No matter what B does , she is still a second class citizen.
She must “translate” a lot, helping white (usually) women feel at ease, as well as dealing with whatever issues they are dealing with in work, and other situations where people don’t know her.
I am a white male. My life is much simpler as a “normal “ person (i.e. white). Sexism also can intervene as a secondary issue, but racism is more common and more hurtful.
I try to speak out and am working on my racism. See my other blog at: WorkingTowardsEndingRacism.blogspot.com, where this also will be posted.