To my dad and my Grandma Rosie
good thing you got those before some Mexican
The first year I moved to Seattle from Southern California I didn’t have very many Christmas decorations. Being a young, 20-something I was on a budget so I decided to check out the selection at Value Village second hand store. I was AMAZED at how many great decorations they had! I bought a ton of stuff and put them up at my apartment the same day.
Later that night I had some new friends over. I was ranting and raving about all the decorations I bought when one of my friend’s boyfriend said, “well it’s a good thing you got those before some Mexican swooped them up.”
I froze for a beat and then responded, “...but I am Mexican.”
He back pedaled a little and said, “no, you know what I mean!”
I responded and said, “no, I don’t.”
This was the first of many micro-aggressions towards Hispanics I’ve experienced in the Pacific Northwest. And for the record, I still don’t know what he meant!