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208 posts tagged ethnicity
“Well, it’s only because she has that Hispanic last name (Martinez). You know, they are always looking for minorities.”
“What do you mean you don’t like Takis (Mexican chip-like snack)?! It’s like being Mexican and not liking beans!”
“What? You’re not Mexican. You look Filipino. Trust me — I know what Filipinos look like.”
“You’re so articulate!”
“But you’re a dot Indian, not a Tipi Indian!”
“My mom doesn’t let me wear hoop earrings because they make me look Mexican.”
I'm a doctoral student in psychology and supervisor of student teachers. Today I was conducting an observation at a high school in a small town in Western Michigan. I introduced myself to the master teacher, a 50 something White woman, and she directed me to sit at the front of the class.
Her:: Class, we have a visitor today who is observing our student teacher. Please welcome Mr...oh I forgot your last name.
Me:: It's Barajas
Her:: Ahh, that's why I forgot. Class, he said Smith, right?. Please welcome Mr. Smith. (Class erupts in laughter)
Me:: Stunned silence.