Appearance Of A Black Woman

1284 Words Aug 20th, 2015 6 Pages
There 's this young woman I 've seen in the Union on occasion. Appearance-wise, there 's nothing particularly remarkable about her. She is of about average height and weight for a white American woman in the traditional college age bracket, and she wears darker, earthy tones and dark blues. However, rather than engage in the stereotypical interactions of her peers, chatting and standing or walking slowly in groups, she appears to prefer solitude. She is almost always alone, and she moves through the crowded Union with a quiet, focused purpose. She 's not fast, but she doesn 't stop moving or even break stride if something catches her eye until she reaches her destination, and, when combined with the colors she wears, she can easily blend into the background and slip away before being noticed. I 've seen her studying alone in the quiet study area, completely focused and lost in whatever world she 's in, and in line at Starbucks, staring off into space, lost in thought until she needs to give her order. I saw someone bump into her at the lunch rush hour one time. I have never seen someone go from stoically pensive to hostile so quickly. She regained her composure just as quickly, but I find it hard to understand how someone could be so obviously instinctually repulsed by accidental human contact. Humans are generally social creatures and being comfortable with touch is an important part of our social evolution. Our ability to interact with each other is crucial with personal…

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