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Do all Males of Color work at the Grocery Store?
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- katie, CNN iReport producer
I am a black male, middle age, educated and carry myself as a professional. That said, it never fails that I am consistently asked where items are in grocery stores....whether I am wearing slacks and a tie, or a suit, it never fails. And what is funny, is it's ALWAYS White women that ask me where things are. I laugh with my wife (who is not of color)about this and she initially said I was too sensitive. Then I began keeping a mental tally, and and sure enough it happens at least 2 times a month. I live in the Northeast, know what true bias is (raised in Kansas) so it's an interesting situation.
I have come to laugh at it and move on, but it's just interesting that this is so common with people who don't think. I don't feel it is mean spirited, just ignorant people in a certain mindset.
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