In Chapter 9, why does the narrator refuse grits and pork chops at the breakfast counter?

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As a Southern black man in New York, the narrator is aware of the stereotypes that impact others' perceptions of him. He knows that the assumptions these people may make about him are based on his appearance as a black man. The waiter at the deli assumes that the narrator will want to eat a traditional Southern breakfast of pork chops and grits because he is black, and this casual stereotyping is offensive to the narrator. He is in New York hoping to escape prejudice, but it seems to creep around every corner....

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