The Association of Wealth and Ethnicity

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, I have my 8AM Sociology class. Somehow, my brain functions during that time, and I absorb some kind of information every once in a while. That then gets my mind going and all these thoughts get jumbled in my head, so I spit them out here (in case you were wondering where some of my more meaningful posts come from).

We were talking about deviance and theories in class today, so I’m not sure how we necessarily got on this subject, but I’m fascinated by the associations that society gives to certain ethnicities. Are you aware that some people believe studies show that us African Americans have an extra muscle behind their knee which makes us run faster than the other ethnicities? How much more absurd can you get?! You run fast because of the amount of fast-twitch muscles you have in your body, thus, being “gifted” with the ability. Also, you can train your body to develop these muscles to become faster and stronger. Why does the color of my skin give me an extra muscle than all the rest? Just because my culture has succeeded in being athletically talented does not mean we are mutants. It means we worked hard, like any other non-Black athlete.

My professor mentioned a study on letters of recommendation that was done, and it showed that people from the Asian culture had letters of recommendation that said they were hardworking and diligent. Those letters did not say innovative or creative or problem-solving. Merely hardworking and diligent. This is because their professors, as well as society as a whole, grouped Asians as a hardworking stereotype.

And wealth. I feel like we associate happiness with wealth all too often. Shouldn’t that stereotype have changed after the multitude of celebrities over-dosing on drugs and dying continues to rise? Or is it actually not that high a number of celebrity deaths and it’s only important because they were famous? The same goes with associating video game violence to creating murderers. That’s just as absurd as the extra muscle in Black people. If video game violence turns kids into killers, then everyone should watch CSPAN 24/7 so we can grow up to be politicians and presidents, because that’s a honorable profession (or is it?). I play video games all the time!

We are a peculiar species.

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Why You Gotta Be Like That

This morning was a bit of an upset. I woke up in time for class and everything, which is rare for 8AM-ers, and moseyed on down to the shuttle stop to take me to class. I didn’t wait nearly as long as I normally have to wait for it, so I’m all in a good mood and everything! Then it stops and opens the doors and this **Chocolate (see definition below) woman is the driver. Now, there are Latin, White, and Chocolate men and women who drive our shuttles, just to be clear. So anyway,  I hop aboard and immediately say “Good morning!” to the driver. She doesn’t even look at me. I know my voice was audible and not that ‘morning-raspy-I-cant-talk’ voice because I was singing to some #FosterThePeople and #Beyoncé this morning.

So I decide to not worry about her and her ‘tude and I take a seat. I gave her the benefit of the doubt and assumed she didn’t hear me. So when I get off the shuttle at my stop, I clearly say “Thank you!” and smile at her. She just looked at me.

Here’s the problem: Every other person who got off the shuttle before me who acknowledged her got a response ranging from “you’re welcome” to “mhmm, have a nice day”.

She was so nice to all the White people and gave zero effs about me. Why do people feel like they’re entitled to making false assumptions about me being a stuck up Chocolate girl who goes to the University of Miami. I don’t wear hoochie skirts, speak ebonics, and listen to rap all day, so that makes me a disgrace to my ethnicity? It’s been going on since I was in Middle School. Teased by the Chocolate kids, telling me I’m an Oreo. People would say “you’re the whitest black girl ever”.

WTF gives you the right to say that? I’m sorry, I didn’t realize race was an action and something you do!

Needless to say, I’m tired of the ignorance in today’s society. Aren’t you?

 

 

**Chocolate: defined as a Black person in comparison to ‘chocolate’ which is a delicious sweet treat.