I am not a stereotype

I was heading home on the Key Bridge, enjoying the weather and using the time to clear my head. I had a lot on my mind at the moment.

Out of nowhere I hear male voices yell “HEY BABY!” at me in unison. Without looking I flipped the bird, but as soon as I looked I saw the smug faces of these three jackasses smiling and laughing in a car.

At first it seemed like these asses were going to get away with it, but Key Bridge traffic can be slow so I backed up and took a cell phone video of me confronting them. The guys were loud and obnoxious when they harassed me, but got quiet and tried to act like they had nothing to do with it when I confronted them. When the traffic let up a litle they hit the gas hard. I’m sure to passers-by it looked like the “angry black bitch” yelling for no reason at “innocent, well-to-do white guys,” which was not the truth at all. I am not a stereotype and to be reduced to one by these jerks sickened me.

I’m someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s aunt, someone’s niece, someone’s granddaughter and someone’s friend, but guys like that don’t give a shit. To them I’m just a piece of black booty. They don’t care about me as a human being.

I know my cell phone videos are visually crappy so I’m glad I yelled their license plate number, which is 6BK W54 (Maryland plates).

I don’t think these guys will change overnight, but I’m glad I confronted them. I know not only black women get harassed, and that harassment doesn’t only happen in DC and that I’m not the only one submitting stories to your site. I’m saying this because I’m grateful for the YouTube channel and hope more women around the world feel empowered enough to submit photos and videos to your site like I have. Thank you for giving me the forum to share my stories!

– Tired of Being Harassed

Location: Key Bridge, Arlington, VA

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2 Responses to I am not a stereotype

  1. That is a wonderfully empowering story! YAY!!!!

  2. Tired of Being Harassed says:

    Thank you, Beckie! Having people’s support feels so good.

    When I rewatched my video, I noticed that a guy who was a bystander made a comment that implied he thought those guys were trying to talk to me and ask me out. There are better ways to do that and more appropriate settings to do that. Yelling “hey, baby!” from a car like jackasses is not how to do that!

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