Yes, it is yet another interesting assumption pertaining to my accent. This one is from way back in my sophomore year of college.
A group of my service fraternity brothers (it was co-ed) and I went tubing at a local river/spring. It was near the university, so there were other groups of students. I was not wearing my fraternity's Greek letters (this is relevant) or anything else identifying me as part of a group- I was either in my swimsuit or wearing a solid t-shirt and shorts that could not have said more than the name of our humongous university, if that.
Another group had a couple fellows wearing t-shirts with fraternity letters, but it also had some girls as well as blokes who were not in fraternity letters.
I asked one of the chaps if it was a function for the fraternity I saw the letters of. He said yes, and he asked in return if I was in/from a Purple organization. I was taken back a bit, then I explained that no, it was for a co-ed service fraternity.
Why would he automatically assume that simply because I have an accent, it HAS to be strictly a function for people whose culture pertains to that accent? Why couldn't he have jumped to the conclusion that our group was from a religious organization/neighborhood/residence hall/another kind of interest group (political, service, gaming, athletic, etc.)? Why couldn't he have just asked what kind of group was I in, if any (for all he knew, we could have been a group of friends celebrating someone's birthday)?
Was I overly sensitive? Or did he truly make an interesting assumption?