Thursday, March 30, 2006

Wha--?

I'm sort of in shock right now. I don't even know how to talk about this except to just share what happened. I just had a conversation with an executive co-worker that went like this...

HIM:
(about a character on the show LOST...):
"It couldn't have been his hot air balloon, because black people don't like heights."
ME:
Wha-?
HIM:
They don't like water, either. They're afraid of water.
ME:
(chin hits desk on way to floor...) What are you talking about?
HIM:
They don't like ice either. That's why they don't live in cold places.
ME:
(head spinning) Ok, stop.
HIM:
Or play hockey.
ME:
uhm, we're not having this conversation.
HIM:
But it's true!! Have you ever seen a black player in professional hockey?
ME:
You've got to be kidding me.
HIM:
They don't play hockey, because they're afraid that if the ice melts, they'll drown.

I swear to God... this was a real conversation. And he wasn't joking. OHMYGOD. I live in Ohio. I feel like I need a shower. NOTE: Of course, there are plenty of great black athletes in professional Hockey. Check it out if you're thinking that was a sane conversation...

2 comments:

  1. Holy cow. You should consider also pointing out Shani Davis, who won the gold medal in the 1000m speed skating event just last month. But maybe he just got lucky. Overcame his fear for five minutes. That could have been the first time he was ever on ice. Everyone else could have fallen down. A lot. What? Did you watch it? Then how do you know that didn't happen? What, he won the silver in the 1500m, too? So, that just proves he lost, right? I bet the guy who beat him was white.

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  2. I just think this is SO funny.

    I still think you should have said that you dated a black man, and all the stereotypes ARE indeed true. That would have shut him up in a heartbeat.

    The black speedskater... I dunno. Maybe he was going that fast because he was so terrified? ;)

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