Not unkindly he asks "what program?" I tell him that I am starting my PhD. Without hesitation he responds "were you in prison?" The question stupefied me. I immediately thought, "Dude, I have never even received more than parking ticket. What would make you think I was in prison?" It's not like I have visible tattoos, as if that is some guarantee of previous incarceration. Yet, inherently, I knew he was referring to my pigmentation and perceived cultural background.
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