Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.


(Samira, Kate, Eleanor, Ashley, Jessica, Grace, and Annie are having brunch. Kate is the only other non-white person at the table. Note: a joke about slavery has already been made earlier in the weekend that Samira has objected to and there have been lots of comments about the lily-whiteness of this group of friends)

Eleanor: Who wants the last cinnamon roll?

Kate: No thanks, I don't really like sweet things for breakfast.

Samira: Me neither

Eleanor: What is wrong with you guys, you're crazy. These are so good.

(Kate and Samira look at each other)

Kate and Samira together: It's cause we're not white!

(Kate and Samira start laughing uncontrollably)

Eleanor (to Samira): You don't consider yourself white?

Samira (still laughing): No, why?

Eleanor: Why don't you consider yourself white?

Samira: Because I'm mixed?

Eleanor: So you deny your white side?

Samira (awkwardly, trying to make a joke and failing): Oh yeah, because they had slaves. Duh.

(the joke does not land. the friends are overlapping)

Ashley: Oh, so you're allowed to make a joke about slavery and we're not.

Jessica: Ashley's family was the only one that had slaves. Mine didn't.

Grace: I can't believe you're asking us to apologize for slavery.

Samira: No one's asking you to...geez.

Annie: My family wasn't even in this country back then. I'm first generation.

Grace: It's an inconsistency of thought.

Eleanor: Why do you get to make jokes about being mixed?

Samira: Ok, first of all, your joke about slavery didn't even make any sense. They would be sneaking down the stairs to get the hell out, not sneaking up them. 

Ashley: You had to be there.


Ashley: Well neither is your joke.

Samira: Fine. I agree not to make jokes about my good ol' Southern family.

Eleanor: I still can't believe you don't consider yourself white.

Samira: Why would I? I experience the world as a brown person. 

Jessica: You're really not that brown.

Annie: I'd say you're pretty pale.

Samira: This conversation right here, this is why. Thanks for the reminder guys.

(Samira exits.)

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