Being “tokenized” :
Overall, throughout my entire life, I can honestly say I have never really been “tokenized” or felt “tokenized”. For the most part, I have never really been the minority in many situations at all. Most of the residents in my hometown were also white, just like me, so there were never any moments where I could have been tokenized.
The most common assumption I think, sometimes know, that people make about me when they first meet me is my financial status. Simply because I am white, I have had many people automatically assume, without even knowing the slightest detail of my background, that I”m from a wealthy white family that lives in a great big house, with my happy family, and many pets, beautiful cars, a safe neighborhood, food always on the table and whenever I want it, no worries at all in my life, and absolutely no troubles with money or anything financial. It really annoys me that the social stereotype of white people has become this such view. I have met many people that think this way about all white people they ever meet. While it may be true that typically, white people are not the minorities in most social situations, it does not necessarily apply to every single one of us.
For example, actually about two weeks ago, I was on Haight Street with a friend. We went into one of the shops and were talking to the salesperson in the shop at the time. After just some casual talk, she began to ask what school we went to and if were from the city. When we told her we went to USF, she looked straight at me, then my friend, and said something along the lines of “Ohh, some rich folks huh?”., automatically assuming that we were financially stable just based off of the school we were attending. This is exactly similar to the other experiences I have had in my life from people making assumptions upon first meeting me. It is obviously nothing too terrible or impossible to live with, it’s just something that I have found very annoying my entire life, that people don’t seem to understand or believe that there are white people that are not filthy rich and are actually just financially comfortable, no more and no less.