Boston - Heading up the escalator at the convention center here, a man stopped me.
"I just wanted to introduce myself. I saw your picture on the program guide."
"Oh. Why is my picture in the program guide? How did they get my picture?"
Realizing where this was going, the man got quiet, and turned somewhat red.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you were someone else."
"Ah, ok. No problem."
"Here, let me show you who I thought you were."
He opened the conference guide and pointed out one of the speakers, a black gentlemen much older, much darker skin and full beard. The man laughed.
"Ha ha. I thought you were this guy, but without the beard."
"What's your name, again?"
Clueless. Just clueless. Why do white people insist that all black people look alike? I didn't look anything like this guy, and he saw a well-dressed black man at a conference, and thought it must have been the same guy. This has happened to me dozens of times. For the first two years of my current job, my coworkers kept getting me mixed up with two other black men in our office. And none of us looked anything alike. Then, when they were corrected - "No, I'm ANDREW, not ERIC" - they didn't act like it was a big deal.