My girlfriend, her roomate, and I went to Spring Lake NJ to a rented beach house by the roomate's family and friends. We went up just for the last night, it was a bit awkwards since everyone there had been hanging out already last week. After dinner all the adults are in the family room watching tv and talking, probably 7 or 8 of us and they start joking around about jobs and such. I made some comment in a lighthearted manner about wages and Mexicans, a few people laughed, but then out of the blue this one girl went off because she was Mexican (whitest Mexican I've ever seen), yelled a few things at me and said something like "just sit there and drink your beer" and after that dead awkward silence. I was going to make a few snappy comebacks but for the sake of the group I took one to not risk it elevating further. I wasn't about to apologize, because first the comment was true, and second she must have forgot to wear her "I am a Mexican so all Mexican jokes are off the table" t-shirt that day. People need to learn to not take things so seriously, I hear jokes about lazy Puerto Ricans all the time and I laugh just the same. The awkward silence lasted until the next morning when they left and made for some strange goodbyes. We went to the beach with the remaining people and all was well the next day but that moment was just awful.
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12/6/07 at 1:22pm