I lost my shit today. The hospital clerk hurriedly wrote on my application and highlighted in yellow the part for me to fill-in and sign.
She handed it to me on a clipboard and I returned to my seat.
She had not only highlighted it, but she had also checked boxes for my race and ethnicity.
Who doesn’t get to check their own boxes?
I sat there for a moment.
I returned to the counter and I asked her just that in a loud, unfriendly and brash voice.
I made a scene.
I embarrassed my wife and made a fool of myself.
Was I being overly sensitive? Did I mistake it as an instance of microaggression?
I don’t know.
Maybe I shouldn’t have taken it personally, but I don’t think she’ll fill-in the boxes for anyone ever again.