From the Streets (Black vs. White?)

This exchange was between two associates–one white and one black (yes, it is relevant)–at a well-known men’s clothing store:

Associate #1: This gentleman is looking for something to compliment his Willy Wonka costume for Halloween.

Associate #2: I don’t really know what Willy Wonka wore.

Associate #1: Well, it was a movie for white people; I don’t remember any black people being in it.”


Hello? Did I really just have this conversation happen in front of me?

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12 comments

  1. Any time you hear a conversation between two people who know each other and whose history together you don’t know, you’re bound to be missing something critical to really understanding the conversation. It might have had racial implications, or it might have been part of a running joke between the two, or it might have been a commentary on something they’d both heard a third person say on another occasion, or any one of a hundred possibilities. That’s their business.

  2. I think it’s kinda funny, and I think it would have laughed if it had happened in front of me. But then, I think we have a lot of racial issues/hangups because we treat skin color like the elephant in the room that no one “sees”.

    When I stand beside a black person, we’re different. When I stand beside a tall person, we’re different. When I stand beside a man, we’re different. Trying to pretend there is no difference makes both of us less, because it means we can’t freely offer our own unique personalities ans skill sets.

    We’re not better or worse as people, but we *are* different. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge the elephant.

    Also, if WW was a white movie, does that mean Hancock was a black movie? And what about Steve Martin, who was raised a poor black child?

  3. While I am still in moderation up there, I re-read what you wrote. Which associate was white? Because if it was Associate #1, then I probably would have been appalled instead of laughing (unless both parties were grinning), but the rest of my comments still stand.

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