• From the book...

    I can't afford to let myself feel good, to let my guard down, to think for a single moment that I belong.

    Because I don't.


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White People

OK, something just happened to me that I don’t understand. Maybe some of you out there can help me.

My dad was driving me home from lacrosse practice and we had to stop to gas up. I ran into the store to grab some Gatorade.

On the way out, I accidentally brushed by this older white guy. I said, “Excuse me, sir.”

He stopped dead in his tracks. He sort of stared at me. I thought maybe he thought I was being sarcastic, so I said again — in a real serious voice — “Excuse me, sir.”

He said, “Please don’t say that.”

I kinda just stood there blinking at him. “Don’t say excuse me when I bump into people?” I was surprised.

“No. ‘Sir.’ Don’t say ‘sir.'”

Now I was REALLY confused, but then he said, “I feel strange when black people say ‘sir’ to me. It’s too subservient. It’s just weird.”

Um, OK. Although what’s REALLY weird, in my book, is a random white dude lecturing you for being polite. Suddenly I felt like apologizing! That’s messed up.

I saw my dad getting into the car, so I headed off, but I couldn’t stop thinking about this guy.

So, white people out there (and I know you’re out there…): Do you really think about stuff like this? Do you really stress out over black folks saying “sir” in perfectly innocent contexts? Seriously, I want to know. Comment below and tell me. Because, you know, here’s my feeling — we’ve got enough racial problems to deal with in this country without turning something innocent like “Excuse me, sir” into a slavery flashback.

This entry written by… Cal.

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