Not quite white

I was making my way back to work after lunch with a friend at La Loteria, one of the few Mexican restaurants I like in Manhattan.

I don’t like to walk around in Greenwich Village because I always get lost, but I do it because, as anyone will tell you, it’s rare to find good Mexican food in New York. I also like that place because most of the people working there seem to be Hispanic. I’m sorry to be so judgey, but I hate Mexican restaurants that only employ white waitstaff.

I hadn’t really noticed the two young African American men waiting for the light to change–one on a bike, the other one standing–until I heard the one on the bike say “I don’t know, man, ask a white person” as he sped off.

The other one dutifully turned around and asked, “Do you know which way is Broadway?”

His expression sagged in disappointment when I said that no, I didn’t know. First I felt guilty then I got hurt. Was he calling me white? But… But.. I’m Mexican!

4 responses to “Not quite white

  1. What restaurant of any sort has white kitchen staff?

  2. I’ve been to Mexican restaurants where the waitstaff can’t pronounce the dishes.

  3. Maybe, it’s time for you to visit some Mexican restaurants in the Bronx? La Morada is great.

  4. I will, if you promise no one will ask me for directions.

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