Saturday, 23 July 2011
It's about the fourth week of school and as an English major I am required to take En 365- African American Literature. So I find myself being one of 3 Caucasian people in a class of 20 students. Sitting next to me is this really good-looking, smart and well dressed guy, "Jason" and he happens to be African American.
Jason enjoyed hearing himself speak more than anyone else in the class cared for but that didn't stop him. He also happened to be overly confident and that's why I wasn't shocked to endure his constant flirtatious comments or his asking of my number so we can study together.
But one fine day we were packing up to leave class and Jason overheard me saying that my next class was canceled so he asked me to grab lunch with him. When I said that I didn't have my school card on me that had my meal plan he quickly told me that he would pay with no problem.
I'm standing in the middle of the classroom and I'm pretty sure all of the girls that are slowly packing up are waiting to hear my response. I personally did not like Jason, even on a friendship level, he seemed like a jerk, but because I didn't want to seem racist I agreed to go.
After he kindly paid for my lunch I find a booth in the cafeteria and instead of sitting across from me he makes me move in so he can sit right next to me. I am literally cornered. Every question he asked me was as if I were on a dating show and through my answers he would read our compatibility. But when we get up to leave I tell him, "That was fun! I'm so glad to have a new friend in the class." and he turns around holding his tray and states, "That's not why I got your number.", followed by a wink.
Jason and I still talk and actually have become rather friendly and I will always remember the story of how I went on a date by accident so I wouldn't be considered racist.
Have you ever gone on a date by accident because you didn't want to seem racist, mean, or even shallow?