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Unheard Stories of

Casual Discrimination

Maya Cotton

Mother | Daughter | Wife

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...you should come. We are going to have fried chicken.”

I had friends/co-workers that were getting married. They were getting married in a part of town that did not have many black people nor were they very welcoming of black people. I was hesitant in expressing my concerns about traveling to and being in the part of town where the festivities were being held; but I eventually did. 


When I did, the groom-to-be started making statements like “You won’t be the only black person there”. And “I have a lot of black friends”. 


I continued to express my lack of comfort to which he said “You should come. There will be fried chicken!". 


I was taken aback for a moment before responding that I don’t eat fried chicken. 


I later expressed to him why the comment was inappropriate, but honestly, it’s never left my mind.

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