LMMFAO…you are not going to believe this shit. So I am on the way back to my office for lunch, and I pass one of our facilities people, and like I always do, give a head nod and say what’s up. Now, this time, this guy stops and starts talking to me, while I have my head phones on, so I didn’t know he was talking at first.
So I stopped, took my headphones off, and he says, “you’re probably wondering why when you speak to me, I don’t speak back. It’s because a long time ago, you looked me dead in my face, and didn’t speak. And I fell like if people don’t speak to me, I’m not going to speak back when they start.” Now, this is coming from a young black guy who looks to be about 25-ish years old.
To which I tell him, “I don’t remember ever not speaking, because I speak to every brown person on this campus.” He says, “it doesn’t matter, because he remembers it.” I tell him, “you assume that I looked at you and ignored you, so you don’t speak back, ever?” I go on to say, “and that’s part of the problem, you assume that I slighted you in some way” and he cuts me off saying “I know that you saw me, because you looked me dead in my face, and that’s why I’m not going to speak to you.”
At this point, I really don’t give a damn, so I tell him, “hey, if that’s how you feel, that’s fine, but it’s not going to stop me from speaking to you and every other brown person I see. That’s just who I am.” I then put my headphones back on and finish the walk back to my office.
I just don’t get it, as a man, as a black man, you stop me to tell me that you don’t speak because you feel like I have slighted you in some way. then I tell you I had no idea that I slighted you, but you are still convinced that I did, and have made up your mind about what you perceive to be why I did something?
I just don’t understand what the hell is wrong with you people.