None of us are easily separated from our misconceptions and stereotypes. If I spot a white man wearing dark clothing and a shaved head with tattoos on his body... he's a skinhead. If he doesn't attack me, he is a skinhead in a particularly generous mood. He is not going to do or say anything to put me at complete ease. I presume the opposite is also true.
This is so true.
The important thing is not to embarass the other person by acting in a way to show your discomfort.
This afternoon after reading this post I had to go out and run some errands. I dropped my truck off for servicing (wow no appointment needed) and walked over to a new shopping mall. I was very disappointed as I walked about in several stores and nobody gave the old deer in the headlights look of fear.
Now I will have to wait till the weekend to experiment.