I have a bit of a dilemma at work that I’m hoping you can help me sort through.
Ya see, there’s this guy that I used to know. His name was Luis. As you can probably guess from the name, Luis was of a Latin descent. And if you couldn’t tell that from his name, it would have been a dead give-away if you had met him.
Let’s just say that no one was going to be mistaking him anytime soon for a Swede.
Anyway, although I used to see Luis regularly, I don’t spend too much time with him anymore.
Cut to a few months ago when I met this guy Jose’. (p.s. That apostrophe that I just put after his name is SUPPOSED to be one of those little fucking lines that some Latin people put over their names, but I don’t have a button here on my keyboard that’s labeled “little fucking line used for Latino names” so I chose the apostrophe. It was either THAT or the Pound sign, k?)
As you can probably guess AGAIN, Jose’ isn’t Irish, either.
So, here’s my dilemma…..
I’m not sure what the Hell is wrong with me, but for the life of me, EVERY damn time I see Jose’, I reflexively call him Luis.
I TOTALLY don’t even realize that I’m doing it, but then he looks at me like he doesn’t know what the fuck I’m talking about, and I quickly catch my error.
But I’m a pro at social situations like this…. I quickly look over his shoulder and find some stranger standing far away from us, and yell “Hey Luis! Come over here! I want to talk to you!”. Then I run off and pretend to have a conversation with the stranger who I have just dubbed Luis. This pretty much confuses EVERYBODY concerned… Me, Jose’, and Fake-Luis, but it gets me out of a sticky situation quickly.
Anyway, as much as I try NOT to, every damn time I trip over this name mix-up, and it really is quite embarrassing. I don’t make this mistake with anyone else I know…. Just these guys.
So, my question to the group is…. Am I racist?
I obviously keep associating the ONE Latino guy I know for the OTHER one Latino guy I know.
I mean, they DO kinda look alike….
There I go being all racist again!
I mean, it’s not like I ever mix up and confuse the names of any two OTHER people I know so, it’s GOTTA be a racial thing, right?
And here I thought I always was racially sensitive and unbiased.
Except for those 2 black guys I work with… I can never tell them apart, either…..