What just happened??
The donuts are great if you don’t mind choking down a heaping portion of racism first.
We were regulars until today. When my husband smiled and said we’d be getting a small box of donuts, the man behind the counter (who we know to be the owner) smirked and asked if we were Arabic.
My husband responded, “Could be”, and calmly continued to order. The owner laughed and awkwardly explained that he asked because my face was covered. I wear a carbon fiber inside a bandana as a mask because I have MCS, a disability that causes all sorts of health problems from exposure to chemicals, fragrances, exhaust, woodsmoke, etc. Any place I go, which isn’t many, people ask or look inquisitive and my husband or I are happy to explain.
Why would he ask if “we” (including himself in a childish joking way) were Arabic? A joke? What is the joke? What is the purpose? Would he ask “Are you- anything else?”
My best friend is Armenian and right after September 11, his uncle was attacked and beaten inside a record store. This is the context in which we live.
I wanted others to know and I want to know,
WHAT JUST HAPPENED???