Are they spitting at me?
February 26, 2005 6:45 PM Subscribe
As a white man in New York City, I've become conscious that when I pass some black men, they often spit immediately after I pass. Another white friend says it happens to him, too. Is it a statement about our race?
posted by Mo Nickels to human relations (42 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Or do black men just spit more often, so that that they might seem to be spitting a lot after anyone who passes? I ask even though don't think that's it: the Chinese, who are renowned and incredible expectorators, don't seem to spit every time I walk by. Nor do Latinos/Hispanics, Polish people, Hasidim, or whitey hipster types spit after I pass.
Additional info: The spitting is not on me nor at me, but done loudly right after I walk by. I am a straight, pasty, doughy, tall white guy in his mid-thirties, who dresses casually and non-trendily, and who lives in a racially, culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse neighborhood. I have, however, encountered the spitting in several different neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I do not wear a stars and bars t-shirt, nor do I exhibit, as far as I can see, any kind of aggressive or racist behavior. In the last three years, I would estimate the spitting has happened more than a hundred times (and, of course, it has not happened thousands of times).
What do you think? Is it a skewed data sample? Or is the spitting a statement?