in a box

"You look like a vegetarian"

What does THAT mean? I can't count the times I've been told ignorant crap about myself based on my appearance.

My hair & my diet are two separate things. The only ties linking the two are ME. That's it. It's not complicated. One thing followed another.

"I thought you were Jamaican."

NOT an insult. And yes, I'm of JA descent BUT how you arrived at the conclusion is wrong, so very wrong. So I always reply:

"I'm Guyanese."
Is that in Africa?
*blank stare*

What? Because I have dreads & I'm Black I'm automatically Jamaican? Bullsh*t. There are no typical Jamaicans, Chinese, Indian & etc. people.

No. Not all Guyanese people are of South Asian descent. No, I will not speak in patois for you. No, I'm not mixed. No, I don't say "duck curry".

We're all individuals. I've learned over the years that no one fits into one neat box. Individuals are too fluid to be firmly defined. Those who are not part of the 'norm' (whatever that is) are forced to select 'other' (census Canada & etc).

Better yet:

"You're Jamaican?? But you like soca.... And you don't seem Jamaican."
"You seem to know a lot about the Black Panther movement.... Do you hate White people?"

*mental backhand &  blank stare*

Stereotypes. Gotta love 'em.

I'd much rather someone ask a question*, than to blatantly state nonsense. There's not enough time in the day tell people about the ignorant crap they say.

Person: Why are you a vegetarian?
Me: Why is that your business?
Person: I'm just curious....
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If you're 'curious' read a book, do some research. There are TOO MANY youtube videos about any & everything to be bothering people with crap. Well, maybe it's just me. I get so many stupid (yes, there are such things as stupid questions) I just get annoyed.

"Why do you do X?"
"Don't use miss Y?"
"I could never do Z!"

Who asked you?

* Sidenote: No, I'd prefer no questions. Think about it like this: I'm one person. Stop & think about how many times I've run into the question you're about to utter. Then think about how it will enrich your life. It probably wont. Lesson? Mind your flickin business.

*Sidenote 2: This is a rant. It's all over the place. *shrug*

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