30 sec reading: The black man

EN ESPANOL AQUI > El negro

Por Rosa Montero

We are at the restaurant of a German University. A red haired student, and undeniably German takes her tray and sits down at her table.
She then realizes she has forgotten her cutlery and gets up again to pick it up.

Coming back, she sees with astonishment that a black man, possibly sub-Saharian by his appearance, is sitting there and is eating from her tray.
Straight away, the young woman feels lost and stressed . But immediately changes her thought and presumes that the African is not familiar with European customs concerning private property and privacy.
She also takes into consideration that perhaps he does not have enough money to pay for his meal.

In any case, she decides to sit in front of the guy and to smile at him in a friendly manner.
The African responds with another dazzling smile.
The German girl starts to help herself, –sharing the food with the black man with genuine pleasure and courtesy.
And thus, he took the salad, she ate the soup, both took their share of the stew, one took care of the yoghurt and the other of the piece of fruit,
All this peppered with numerous refined smiles – timid from the man and smoothly, encouraging and kind by the girl -.
They eat up their lunch.
The German girl gets up to get a coffee.
And it is then that she discovers, on the table behind the black man, her coat placed on the back of a chair and her food tray untouched.

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I dedicated this charming story – furthermore an authentic one – to all who are wary of immigrants and consider them as inferior individuals.
To all these people, who with the best of intentions, observe them condescendingly and with paternalism.
It would be better that we free ourselves of prejudices or we run the risk to make a fool of ourselves like the poor German who thought to be at the height of civilisation whilst the African greatly educated, let her eat and share her meal and at the same time was thinking :; how mad these Europeans are.’
 
 

Update 8:00 PM, Jan 19 2012
The original post in Spanish, published a few days ago in the most respected Spanish newspaper EL PAIS: El Negro , says that this is a true story. However, it is not. Check Rosy’s comment below: the story is based in a short movie, winner of Cannes Palme D’Or

Comments

  1. Osho Sidhant says:

    Its just too good, reminds me of matin luther king, ” You must never judge a person by colour of their skin or by the attire they put on, but by the content of their character.”

    And character and other virtues are not pasted on the forehead…

  2. Amir says:

    I wish I was a black guy in the German university!

  3. Behzad says:

    haha! I’ve experienced such a condition. “prejudice

  4. elnaz says:

    wow how kind the black man was.sharing his food without complaining.

  5. parviz says:

    some times life ,success and truth is dead behind our decisions….

  6. Autumn Notariano-Frenchman says:

    Reading this allows me to stay and feel the intensity and power of acceptance, seeing through our differences, focusing on the similarities, which is not natural for our culture. I’m grateful everyday, that I chose to go to a small, multi-cultural university, after traveling. Today, I feel as if we’d only be accountable for our educational and economic shortcomings for our past prejudices and those ones we hold close today, that MAYBE, we could begin “something new”, at least honesty. An extra language without the “experience” does not allow us to see. Tourism is but a perspective of the unrealistic. In order to see, feel, hear, understand what we need to do to serve comes with empathy. I had to go. Thank you!

  7. Sara Abebe says:

    Wow, so true

  8. Sobhagya says:

    It depicts the way , two sides behaved . Calmly and Generously !!

  9. eliceia says:

    uau !! uau!! simplismente lindo simples e direto adorei

  10. Elisasmith says:

    I loved it…

  11. Sai says:

    Similar story is from Hindi Movie “Dus Kahaniya” where A Hindu woman trying to avoid even shadow of a muslim finally comes to know the foolishness in her behaviour.

  12. Josefina Camacho says:

    De todos modos nos sirve para reflexionar hasta donde va el ser por el ser…desde Uruguay ..

  13. meann alforque says:

    hahahaha……a cute story that tells a lesson…..everyday we are under God’s mercy…..i have to remind myself to be humble always…….. :)

  14. Akansha says:

    it shows dere r still generous n nice hearted ppl r in dis wrld..who lov n share thngs wid othrs smtimes evn widout sharng a word…

  15. Monica says:

    que curioso me ha sucedido aunque la influencia de aquellos que me hicieron sentir así ha subsistido de alguna manera dentro de mis costumbres, por ahí dicen el que entre lobos anda a aullar se enseña!

  16. Ali says:

    You can read a Persian translation of this here: http://tinyurl.com/77jstbf

  17. Ali says:

    The original story seems to be published on 2005; check El Pais link (…/elpepiult/20050517…) and the date on the article:
    ROSA MONTERO 17/05/2005
    http://www.elpais.com/articulo/ultima/negro/elpepiult/20050517elpepiult_2/Tes

  18. Gonzalo says:

    No debemos olvidar que para Dios, no existen diferencias entre los hombres y El obra sobre todos sin diferencia alguna, incluso, está aun mas presente en los enfermos.
    Abrazo

  19. giri says:

    s we need to think more openly, this was good story…both tried to outdo other .

  20. Yan says:

    0秒阅读:一个黑人
    作者Rosa Montero

    我们正在德国一所大学的餐厅里用餐。一位红发的学生,从外表看毫无疑问是当地人,端着她的托盘找了个空桌坐下。然后,她发现忘了拿刀叉,就又起身去取。

    回来时,她吃惊地发现她的位置上,坐着个看长相估计是撒哈拉南部来的黑人,正从她的托盘里吃饭。

    年轻的女生立即感到疑惑不解,又很是不快。但是她转念一想,也许那非洲人并不熟悉欧洲人对于私人物品和空间的看法。她又想到,大概那黑人没有足够的钱去买饭吃。

    于是,她决定坐在那黑人的面前,并以友好的态度朝他微笑。

    那个黑人还给了她一个灿烂的笑容。

    德国女孩开始用餐了——带着真诚和友好与那黑人共享她的食物。

    就这样,他吃完了色拉,她喝掉了汤,两个人分了正餐,最后呢,一个喝了酸奶酪,另一个吃掉了水果。

    所有的这一切都伴随着你来我去的微笑—黑人的有些拘谨,那女孩的自然、并带着鼓励和善意。

    他们吃完了午餐。

    那德国女孩转身去拿咖啡。

    就在这时候,她发现,在那黑人身后的那把椅子上挂着她的外套,椅子面对的桌上,她的食物纹丝不动地摆在托盘上。
    ________________________
    我将这个有趣的故事——一个真实的故事——献给所有不喜欢移民并认为他们是低等公民的人。也给那些心存好意,但喜欢带着居高临下的父辈姿态看着移民的人。
    我们最好能够抛弃偏见,否则就会和那可怜的德国女孩一样犯同样的错误,贻笑大方。她自以为更文明,其实那非洲人修养才高,让她与自己共享盘中餐。他也许会想:这些欧洲人真是不可理喻。

    更新:8:00 PM, Jan 19 2012
    故事原本是用西班牙语写的,几天前刊登在知名的西班牙报纸EL PAIS: El Negro 上,并称这是一个真实的故事。事实上,这不是。这故事是根据一部加纳棕榈奖获奖短片改编的。

  21. jitendra says:

    wow;;
    it was very nice and very heart touching story;;