If race isn’t specified, assume white?

Colorado Springs, CO

I find it annoying that in news stories (suspect is an Hispanic man, 6 feet tall), or even generally speaking (I met the sweetest black woman today), people only mention the race or ethnicity of the person they are talking about if said person isn’t white. Is that only true if the speaker is white? Is it because I’m white that I often picture a white person unless otherwise noted? Do black folks usually picture other blacks when they hear stories, unless otherwise noted?


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