Mindy Kaling was mistaken by an old drunk guy at a swank party for that 17-year old Pakistani girl who just won the Nobel Peace Prize for being shot in the head by the Taliban. You can only imagine the sickening feeling when some staggering geezer tells you you’re his hero and an amazing young woman and he prays for you. I’ve only been mistaken for somebody semi-famous once in my life. A drunk woman in a bar thought I was a relatively popular rising politician who she slurred was her hero. That case of superficial profiling and bathroom blow job that followed still sting me to this day.
People who make a living off racism had to point out the evil inherent in mistaking quite different looking women of subcontinental color. The kind of impassioned articles nobody writes when Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney get mistakenly interchanged for the eleven thousandth time. It’s not actually racist to confuse two people of similar race. There’s plenty of scientific research that shows people have more trouble distinguishing facial characteristics among individuals of differing races than their own. This is why NBA players simply referred to every white guy on their team as Larry Bird for two decades.
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