By Crystal Sinclair
Interracial dating isn't a big deal. I
mean, I thought it might be for Josh, because he seemed so
freaked out when he learned that I was native. I decided to
do an experiment to see how people would look at us. I didn't
tell Josh I was doing it because I think it would have freaked
him out even more. My 'method' as they say in science class
was to pay close attention to how people were looking at me
and Josh when we went out on a date (not our first date because
I was so nervous I couldn't focus on anything other than not
acting like an idiot).
I staged the experiment at a theatre, where
we walked in holding hands. I noticed that some people did
a double take, but nothing too major. If I hadn't been looking,
I probably wouldn't have noticed. We bought our tickets and
popcorn and everything seemed pretty normal - no one really
seemed to be looking at all. Then, something weird happened.
when we were sitting in the theatre waiting for the movie
to start, these two guys who were in the row behind us started
whispering and giggling. I didn't even pay attention at first
because lots of guys do that. Then I happened to glance back
and I noticed that they were looking at us and I even caught
one of the guys making a rude gesture in my direction. I pretended
I didn't see, but I saw that Josh saw too. We didn't say anything
about it to each other and we didn't say anything to the guys.
I don't know what those guys were saying
but I'm betting they were making fun of the fact that we were
a mixed couple. Maybe I'm just paranoid and I guess if it
happens again I should talk to Josh about it. I just felt
so stupid because I didn't say anything about it to Josh.
We should have talked about it because if those guys were
making fun of us for being a mixed couple, it's probably going
to happen again and we can't let some loud guys ruin our night.
In a time where we are third, fourth and
fifth generation Canadians, why can't we all just be 'Canadian'?
Like I said in history class, I like living in the present
and not the past. I like Josh and he likes me - isn't that
all that matters?
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