Its amazing how each person is there own little world. We all have different ideas, thoughts, perspectives, backgrounds, etc.
Sometimes, during the day to day routine you hear people say the darnest things, some which may shock you, or some that may make you reflect.
For the purpose of my story, it is worth noting that the Dominican Republic is over 70% mixed race (mulatto) and about 13% white.
As is common in most other countries, due to a variety of reasons, whites control the vast majority of the wealth in the country.
Anyway, on to my story:
One day, during a rountine blood test (I have high cholesterol and need to have a check up about once every 3-4 months), I had a mulatto woman take out a needle and was about to draw blood from my veins.
I do not like needles. In fact, I hate them. They make me nervous and all that.
Everytime I go to take blood tests I tend to joke around with the people there, to lighten up the mood in general. Most of the time we all have a good laugh.
This time, I told her in a joking way (something along the lines of): “Please, don´t take all of my blood, I´m going to need some for the rest of the day”.
(For whatever reason, they always take like 3 or 4 plastic tube worth of blood)
Then instead of smiling or laughing she said “That´s the problem with you people.”
I took it as a racial statement meaning that whites want to keep all and give little.
I did not get angry nor did the event proceed beyond that, but that little comment was quite shocking, and it makes you think about the ways others look at the world. I thought a lot about that little comment. I though it was interesting.
I would like to hear from you, fellow dopers: have you ever had a person say a comment or a phrase that has shocked you or has left you thinking?