I came to a restaurant after church and the place was rather full. To get in, eat, and get out, I just sat at the bar. There was an empty seat between myself and a lady. This lady, who happened to be Caucasian, began to look at me up and down and clutch her purse. Her face looked at me with a mix of fear and disgust. I'm going to be honest, I nearly lost it. It was at that moment I realized her perception immediately when she saw me (keep in mind though, I'm wearing a dress slacks, a dress shirt, and blazer) was that I was black and male and that I would steal her purse. My perception as a result of her response was that I was being viewed as a Nigger!
Sad, but true. I do not think I have been as angry as I am now. Well I take that back. I think I was angrier when I was followed in an Apple Store one time. An assumption was made about me that was completely false. I just saw everything I have worked hard to accomplish just vanish in an instant. Here it is, I have never been in trouble with the law (I mean I had a speeding ticket before, but I was 19). I graduated high school at 18, earned my Bachelor's at 22 and now at 24 going on 25, will have my Master of Education in May. I am not late with my bills and not in debt. I give back to others constantly. I did not have my first alcoholic beverage until I was 22 going on 23 and I never smoked cigarettes or anything illegal for that matter.
To make a long story short, I was hit with reality again. I was reminded today that no matter how hard I work to be a decent human being, some people will still have certain views of me. I am just going to end with this video. I shared it before, but I think it is very fitting for what occurred in my mind when everything happened today.