I GUESS THE INSITE IS SOMETIMES INVISIBLE!

AM I IMAGINING ALL OF THIS – BECAUSE THE INSITE READERS HAVE A WAY OF TALKING ME DOWN!

Do you remember the book ‘Invisible Man’ by Ralph Ellison. It talked about how African Americans were invisible to whites in this country way back. I only bring up this issue because I heard an interesting comment while I was in the lobby of City Hall. I was actually waiting for the elevator to arrive so I could go to the second floor where the council was meeting. Well, as I got into the elevator a white female was standing just outside of the door and she seemed to be lost. So as the door started to close she ran for the elevator and jumped in. And then she turned around and looked at me and my photographer and said she felt like “a black person” – like she was invisible. At first I didn’t know what to say or think because it caught me off guard. Then after a second I just laughed and so did the photographer because somehow it struck a chord with us. She went on to explain that she needed help and directions in the lobby and everyone seemed to ignore her and she felt like she was invisible. I could not chew her out for her comment because it rang so true. And I only thought about it again after attending an event that same evening. I was standing at the “refreshments” bar when the attendant was bending over – arranging some bottles. Meanwhile, standing just behind me with a slight angle to my right shoulder was a white male. When the bar attendant, who happens to be white, stood up – he looked right pass me and asked the white male “can I help you sir?” And with that I immediately thought this must be one of those ‘invisible moments’ the white female told me about in the elevator at City Hall. So I’m asking you all what was my bar situation all about? I know the Insite readers have a way of talking me out of my claims of racism, favoritism, sexcism or classism….Tell me what happened here. Am I shorter than I imagine and did the bar attendant not see me? The Insite wants to hear your opinion about invisibility!