I was out last night at one of my spots where there’s a bartender of Puerto Rican extraction, and he’s very popular with most people because he’s gorgeous, fun and friendly (we’ll call him Carlos).
At the opposite end of the bar, there was an Anglo, white guy sitting there who’s a regular (let’s call him Hank). Normally, he just sits very quietly on his barstool, nursing his drink, minding his own business, never saying boo to anyone.
So last night, Hank suddenly walks over to Carlos’ side of the bar, and starts ragging on Carlos like a banshee! :eek: Shouting, pointing fingers, and later, Carlos tells me that Hank does this to him all the time, giving him a hard time for no reason. It was so weird, because I’ve NEVER seen Hank behave like that. Furthermore, the manner in which this happened - Hank just getting up suddenly at the sight of Carlos and going ballistic at him - tells me that there’s something else going on here.
I suppose it could have been anything - a disagreement about change, overimbibing, who knows? - but my gut tells me that anti-Hispanic prejudice played a big role here.
Why do I say that? I’ve seen a lot of anti-Hispanic racism here from (mostly) Anglo people who get upset that Hispanics speak Spanish to each other ( :rolleyes: ) to this kind of random harrassment which goes on in a very unpredictable manner.
As an Anglo white person, I’m not sure why I don’t share this prejudice, but it always puzzles me, the source of this racial/ethnic/whatever animosity. Can someone explain it to me?