Assumptions

Recently as a group of us BL students were on the bus on our way home from school, two old women made smart remarks while we were joking around and talking. One of them said, “I wish these d— kids shut up ! They don’t have no common sense on a bus. Always acting dumb and stupid.” The other one said, “They won’t ever have any sense!” It seemed hateful to meet because just cause you see a group of young black boys on a bus doesn’t mean you can assume that we are uncontrollable and illiterate. How can you make an assumption on us students saying we’re not behaved or act out of hand ?

In my opinion I think that people take stereotypes about other races or nationalities way out of hand. I say that because I think people see a group of African American males together and think we’re up to no good. That is not always the case because I think we do have self-control and know how to act in public with other people. The two old women shouldn’t scold us because they think we behave a certain way which is not true. I think they said this because of other experiences they probably had with young black males on the bus. But, we are not all or act the same.

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