We have all seen the videos of some white lady berating someone who is not white for existing. I never thought I would see it in real life. That thinking has a lot of fallacy, however. After all, I live in the deep south. Further, I live in one of the least progressive states when it comes to racial equality and segregation of the economic classes. I simply hate going out in public because I hear rich people having loud conversations in public where they talk down about someone who obviously does not sneeze $100 bills when they are sick or are out of place in a store like Home Goods or something. It makes me just want to go trip those people and tell them to get a grip and act like a human instead of a dumb azz.
I was running errands today. We all know I love to get my cardio in and it was an okay day outside. So, I decided to walk. As I came into a parking lot, there was a woman walking into the parking lot at another entrance. As she started to cross the vehicle entrance, she decided to just start walking in the right of way as a car was turning into the shopping center parking lot. As she did, she slowed her pace and this forced the car to stop behind her. As it came to a stop, she began to walk even slower and was in such a spot that there was no way for the car to go around her. In frustration, the person driving the car beeped the horn at her. The woman turned around and began yelling obscenities at the car and, after a few more minutes of this, the car beeped again. This made the lady scream a few more unpopular words in the cars direction and she marched off into the store.
I witnessed all of this as I went into the store and up to the customer service counter. Since I was waiting, I had decided to re-tie my shoes. Just for something to do I guess. As I was finishing one shoe and moving to the other, I heard a familiar voice. This woman had come from the back of the store and up to this man and his wife just screaming at them that they were harassing her and if they blew their horn at her again she was going to call the police as they had no right to blow their horn at her because she has rights. I stopped for a moment and watched. I mean, it was one of those videos in real life! Just, wow. It is really a sad site more so in person. Videos really do these situations no justice.
The more upset the woman became, the louder she got. She kept telling them if they did not shut up and stop talking to her, she would call the police and continued on about the horn and stuff. I mean, it was crazy. The couple tried to explain that she was walking in the middle of the road where the cars drive but the woman was too busy yelling obscenities, threats to call the police and waving her umbrella in such a manner that the man of the couple had to take a couple steps back. Ultimately, the wife pulled the husband back and the woman, who was still threatening to call the cops on them for blowing their horn at her in a threatening manner, started to air her frustrations to another patron in the store. Quite loudly I might add.
As the couple walked by, the wife spoke an embarrassed “hello” to me. I smiled, said hello and return and then looked at her with a straight face and said:
“White people! I swear!”
We all know I am not a minority here, neither was the lady with the umbrella. The couple? They were black. See how that all went down now? Well, the wife certainly stopped on a dime when I completed my statement. From my spot, putting the last knot in my shoes, I stood up and looked at her and apologized for that womans’ behavior because not all white people act like that and she was making me look bad. Gratefully, the wife looked at me and said thank you. She went on to say that I didn’t have to, but it was just that some people are crazy. I conceded. They really are.
What it boils down to is that there are ways in which certain people were raised that cause them to dislike people who are not like them. There are also things that people want to blindly believe that make them think that treating another human as something less than human is okay. Yes, this country has come a long way from what it was 200 years ago. However, as humans, this country and many others, still have a long way to go.
Philosophers chalk it up to the whole good cannot exist without evil argument. Politicians call it socioeconomic class struggles. The uninformed will call it a race thing. Still others, who are clueless remain sheep and tend to blindly follow what the masses are doing, or at least what their immediate masses are doing. Tis a shame. Maybe we should have a degree so that we can differentiate who the real humans are and who those hate-filled, for no good reason, people are and everyone can learn to get along and breathe the same air together.
I am not going to end this post as I normally do. Just know that if there is anything that is even remotely alluding to something derogatory or talking down or ugly to someone else who airs their valid opinion, it will be reported and removed. While I welcome discussion, I don’t welcome arguments and hate speech. Calling names is just as childish as umbrella lady and, as humans (and adults) there is a way to have a difference of opinion and a healthy discussion.
Now, please comment and discuss. I do want to hear your opinions.