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Your Condescending Assumption, My Regret

Your Condescending Assumption, My Regret

This short piece details microaggressions and assumptions that still take place in our society day. We are forced to keep our heads low as subtle forms of sexism & racism are pushed our way.

Microaggressions in a Modern-Day Society

Your Assumption, My Regret

His comment was innocuous; we were expected to be unaffected.

The tacky pop music and the sickly smell of artificial coconut didn’t seem to stifle business, as worn foyer booths creaked under the weight of more and more impatient customers. Scooching away from them, I swung my legs restlessly, eager to get the ice cream promised for my sixth birthday afterward.

“Sav?”, a hairdresser called, beckoning my mother over. It sounded strange, unfamiliar; the shortened version of her name she used in public, tired of the inevitable butchering of “Savathri”. Playing with her bouncy curls, the routine polite conversation began, the stylist asking how my mother was and her thoughts on the impending storm. She plastered on a smile, still with reserved eyes, saying that she was good and chuckled about her cautious optimism in Massachusetts winters. He offered a quick laugh, pausing for a moment, before asking.

“Where do you work?” I saw her eyes start to calculate, formulating the shortest answer that would bar her from a slew of follow-up questions. 

 “I work in a dental office.”

“Oh!”, he replied, a little too cheerily. “As a receptionist, right?”

4 Words to Nothing

My mother pursed her lips, wincing as if she had sucked on a lemon. Her eyes flickered to a certain frustration, but familiarity, as she fidgeted with her fingers. I had shot my head up inquisitively, her throwing me a stern look, instructing me to stay quiet, behave.

“Yeah, something like that,” she said, laughing nervously, staring blankly at his reflection in the mirror. At that time, I thought I understood why she didn’t say anything; it wasn’t worth the scene, the hassle. His comment was innocuous; we were expected to be unaffected. But now, regret festers in my chest, at the thought of leaving his ignorance unscathed.

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with.

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My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

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My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

My mother fled the war in Sri Lanka, forced to restart college and dental school here. And with those four words, he reduced her value to a short, brown woman, rather than the dentist, refugee, mother of two. It should be worth the scene, worth the hassle, because the next time an “unseemly” woman walks in, it’s the weight of your prejudice she walks out with. Assumption

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