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But he was persistent, followed up by Skyping me that evening re-extending his invitation. A few days later, he was headed to a nearby island and invited me to come along to explore.I was looking to get away from the city, so I accepted, of course, booking my own hotel room, and arriving days late on my own schedule. That moment when you stop being reluctant to talk about race issues because, get real, you’re not dating an ignorant jerk.

After listening to his tried pick up line in American-accented Portuguese, I cut him off and bluntly asked him in English where he was from.

Shocked, he laughed and said, “I totally thought you were Brasilian.” He wouldn’t be the first to make the assumption.

I grew up believing a number of stereotypes about non-Black men, especially when it came to sex.

If you asked most of my friends, their packages tended to be small unless they were of Latin or Italian descent, but they made up for it in the oral sex arena.

Prior to that, I had shared my body with White Brasilians and Argentineans. This made me feel like my growth had come full circle, as I struggled growing up in a predominately White Jersey suburb to feel like interracial dating was an option for a young Black woman.

While young Black men certainly enjoyed relationships with young White women in my town, Black girls rarely were seen exploring the same types of relationships. But the opportunities weren’t equal or treated the same.

His White European friends dared him to go and talk to that Black Brasilian girl sitting on the beach, who was really a Black American girl in disguise.

Just two kids from Jersey traveling abroad that happened to bump into each other by stereotypical mistake.

Nonetheless, he invited me back to meet his friends staring at him in disbelief thinking he actually succeeded in picking up this Brasilian girl.

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