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Argumentative [Jul. 9th, 2011|09:13 am]
Tony Grist
We took my mother-in-law to Sainsburys yesterday, where we met her next door neighbour and had to give her a lift home. This next-door neighbour is an aggrieved person whose father used to be a communist shop steward- and she started talking about how Asians should have their own bathhouses and not pollute "ours" and I called her a racist and we both became spluttering and incoherent. I wish I could be Buddhalike about these provocations, but it appears I can't. Afterwards I said to Ailz that I seem to have a thing about getting into arguments with shrill and opinionated old ladies and she pointed out that this particular old lady is approximately the same age as me- and might even be younger. Oh.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2011-07-09 08:17 am (UTC)
Wow. This must be the week for it. In having a discussion with a random person about whether Texas should have executed a Mexican citizen who had not been given access to the Mexican consulate, he said, "The only good Mexican is a dead Mexican."

How does one respond to that calmly, given that probably 30% of the kids I have taught and love are Mexicans?

I said, "What a scummy thing to say. Racist."

Obviously that set off a storm of nastiness.

I gotta call 'em like I see 'em, I'm afraid.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-09 08:46 am (UTC)
One of the reasons I don't like being around my in-laws and their friends is that sooner or later someone is bound to say something racist.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-07-09 12:00 pm (UTC)
My parents are racists. My mother used to at least pretend to be socially acceptable, but since the scary black Kenyan Muslim socialist stole her White House, she does not even pretend. Add to that the effects of Fox News Channel's constant drumbeat of racially-tinged resentment politics and I spend as little time in their presence as I possibly can.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-09 01:50 pm (UTC)
That's a shame. Racism is so stupid.
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