How people view you is how they view you: It is an opinion.
Certainly your history is a significant yard stick of what you’re capable of, yet it is only an estimation made by others based on personal biases and snapshots, bits and pieces made into a generalization.
No need to explain yourself to their judgments. Simply let them be.
But don’t allow misrepresentation and assumptions to be perpetuated by being polite.
Speak out. Or else emotion become action. And noisy mobs become truth makers.