In today’s society in Seattle, Washington it is rare to observe a young African American couple buying and remodeling a house together. My husband and I are constantly battling assumptions of our race, age, marital status, family status and financial background. My husband is a Union Fire Protection Sprinkler Fitter and I am an Executive Office Administrator, with no children. Five years ago we purchased an older home and began a complete do-it-yourself remodel all the way from the bare bones of the house. Some of our neighbors came up with inferences of their own about us and the home we purchased. We could hear neighbors questioning if the house was now owned by section 8 and if they were going to have to deal with us and all our children.
Our neighbors inferences are feed by what they think and believe African American people are like. Without stopping to think first that they should get to know us. Recently with the nice weather my husband and I have been outside a lot getting our lawn and flowers looking nice and we have dealt with the following scenario on more than one occasion.
It is beautiful outside and a person we do not know drives by our house and sees a young black man and women outside doing yard work. The man is pushing a grass mower and he is wearing a bright orange construction shirt and jeans. The woman is planting flowers in the flower bed and is wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.
Chain of inferences
1. They are black
2. They are paid landscapers
3. I wonder how much they charge
4. I am going to stop and ask them how much they charge
They stop to ask the people how much they charge for landscaping. They are told that they are not landscapers, they live here
New Chain of Inferences
1. They are black couple
2. They are not married
3. They must rent this home
4. This house must be section 8 living
5. Where are all their children
It is beautiful outside and a person we know drives by our house and sees a young black man and women...