In the past week we spent an evening visiting friends in Flint Mi. Went to a restaurant for a nice dinner and then went back to the house for delicious pie, coffee and conversation.
There were six of us at the table and eventually the ladies went to another area of the room while we men stayed at the table continuing our general chat.
At some point one of the others picked up his phone and began checking gas prices in the local area. He pointed out the discrepancy in prices in various locations in the Flint area asking “What does that tell you?”
When asked what he meant he said “Well don’t all the blacks live on the east side of town?” The other two then went into a general banter using racist words and so on.
Seeing the direction of the conversation and not wanting to create controversy in what had been an enjoyable evening, I remained silent, eventually getting up and leaving the table.
Now the ACLU would get all over me for remaining silent but the two did get my message.
And another story…
Talking to a Republican last night I jokingly asked her to say something so I had something to blog about today.
She said “Why don’t you blog about the three black guys that killed the jogger?”
I was totally shocked, told her it wasn’t three black guys; the picture I saw looked like a black guy, a white guy and perhaps an Hispanic guy.
But my shock came from the term three black guys, why does race always have to be part of the situation? Why could she not just say blog about those three teens that killed a jogger?
These people are all people I love and feel for; hearing those racial epithets coming from their mouths gives me great pain.
Thank you for listening and enjoy the day.