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  • I spent my Saturday cleaning my apartment in the morning before heading off and grabbing some spicy beef stew with rice and beans for lunch at a Ghanian restaurant called Ebe Ye Yie on Jerome. Because we were close, I headed over to Phnom Phen Nha Trang, a Southeast Asian grocery a little bit to the north. I bought a delightfully peppery bunch of lemon basil, multiple bags of egg and rice noodles, tapioca pearls for homemade boba, chinese water spinach, banana pudding, coconut and sesame rice cakes, and the everyday necessity that is sriracha sauce. It was a beautiful day in the Bronx, with street vendors selling delectable slices of fresh mango and children running around the grassy knolls of Poe Park. The neighborhood was bustling.

    And then I saw him.

    Walking back down Fordham Road, I spotted the most unusual of sights: huddled up in the driver’s seat of a Mercedes Benz was an old, balding white man, dressed in a blue polo shirt like he had just got back from a round of golf with his similarly rich buddies. This was no entry level Mercedes he was driving- its value was at least six figures deep. And this was no typical stomping ground for an old white man - he had just pulled out of the White Castle drive thru.

    I witnessed a one-percenter leaving a White Castle in the middle of Fordham Road. For all the multicultural experiences I experienced that day, this one was the most exotic, the most foreign, and the most alien of all.
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