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Racist behavior or just plain stupid?

A friend of mine is Asian-American. She's a college professor teaching in a relatively homogenous town. She was out picking up her lunch at a local Chinese retaurant, when a young man who was in the wait area had the following conversation with her..."Are you Chinese?" She said "no", then he proceeded to say "what are you?" She replied "american"...he then said "Is that why you English is so good?"- What would you have responded?


Asked by Olivia4116 at 10:27 PM on Jan. 29, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • A friend of mine, whose mother is from Korea, would have responded in a very bad Korean accent "i not know what you talking about'.
    I don't think the intent was racist, but it wasn't very bright of that individual.

    Answer by layh41407 at 10:40 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • I would have probably laughed and said 'that's right' as I walked away. Sounds like stupidity at it's finest =)

    Answer by Nanixh at 10:30 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • What an idiot. If it were me I probably would have just gave him a drity look and walked away. Some things don't even deserve a response

    Answer by Liz132 at 10:32 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • i would have not responded at all and left him standin by himself talking to himself

    Answer by JacquitaH at 10:30 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • I would say, just plain stupid.

    Answer by Carpy at 10:38 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • Just dumb!

    Answer by gammie at 11:02 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • Sounds more like stupid to me.

    Answer by mikesmom65270 at 12:00 AM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • Wow, what an idiot.

    Answer by shanapiv at 12:08 AM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • I wouldn't have said anything.

    Answer by CandyC488 at 1:05 AM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • I would have sighed very loudly and said "ya can't fix stupid".  How freaking rude!  Yes, I believe it was racist.


    Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 2:20 AM on Jan. 30, 2011