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Outside My World
Paulina Bain
Comm/315
January 29, 2013
Dr. Aron Muse

Stepping Outside My World

Describe the activity they chose and why?

The activity I chose was….. I braided my hair back in corn rolls like a “Black American” woman would braid her hair. I chose this because I wanted to see how people react in this day in age we are in. Growing up in California I grew up around Mexicans, so married to a Black man was the offense of all offenses in the culture I grew up in. The place I grew up in was basically racist, point blank racist. I wanted to see if it was the same here in Jacksonville but… with other culture the Black American people.

What type of place did you choose to experience and why?

I chose to go to the gym. To make it more fun, I was at the gym with my husband (who is black American too) and was kissing up on him. I chose this place because I go in the mid-morning which has a lot of older people.

What did you observe?

The people of the gym were staring at me not because of my husband but because of my hair. The older Caucasian people were looking at me like I was crazy. The Black people were staring at me like “oh no she didn’t,” it was pretty funny to see their reactions.

What did you find surprising or unexpected?
The surprising thing was that the Black American ladies looked offended, like if I couldn’t have that hair, but the black American men were minding their own business like if everything was normal. The Caucasian women’s faces were like “this girl is going to get beat.”

Did you feel comfortable or uncomfortable? Why?

At first I was very confident, I was with my husband and we were acting normal, but the atmosphere was a little bit strenuous after about ten minutes. I felt uncomfortable because I felt the black American ladies were judging me because of my hair...
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