Years ago, I wrote an article about Troubleshooting a 5 Star Hotel. My generic name for the person who ignores people in front of her because she’s on the phone is “Keisha”.
There was a comment made to my article, which began;
“You are so racist! No black woman would be able to get a job at a 5 Star Hotel!”
And it went on and on and on….
I stepped away from the computer a moment, in a state of shock… then slowly, clearly explained;
“I live in Jamaica. The Prime Minister is Black. The Chief Justice is Black, the Commissioner of Police is Black, the Governor General is Black…..”
Here was a commentator on an article, who never caught that I didn’t live in America. Who never imagined what she experienced in America was not ‘standard’ in the rest of the world.
Here was a woman would could not believe there were places in the world where a black woman could be a front desk clerk at a 5 Star Hotel.
The Commentator did not post again.
How can someone get reality so wrong?