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Tue Oct 22, 2013, 11:44 AM

Four racists got a surprise today

Last edited Tue Oct 22, 2013, 01:54 PM - Edit history (1)

This is great place to share this bittersweet story that happened less than two hours ago in a suburb of Raleigh, NC.



This happened less than two hours ago in a suburb of Raleigh, NC.

A good friend of mine, another DUer -- freemay20 (50-ish, heavyset, tall, white guy) -- went to the laundromat this morning.

The only other person there at the time was a middle-aged, heavyset, tall black guy, sitting, reading the paper.

After freemay20 loaded clothes into the washer and sat down, in walked four average-sized white guys in their early 20's, wearing confederate flag t-shirts and other clothing items conveying their worldview, shall we say.

One of the four looked at my friend and at the other gentleman, then asked my friend which washers were his. "Why?" freemay20 asked.

"Because we don't want our stuff anywhere near his," nodding toward the black man.

He said it loudly, not trying to hide their ignorance. As you can imagine, they high five'd one another and guffawed, proud of themselves.

They also made the mistake of assuming freemay20 was racist, just like them. Unfortunately, chances are great that, in this very red area, the white people they've come in contact with in their lives (assuming they're from this area) are indeed racist and bigoted.

Freemay20 looked at the black man (I really hate that I don't have his name...sorry), who was clearly holding back emotion, and said, "I got your back."

They both stood up, side by side, and the gentleman told the four young racists, "I don't want my things next to YOURS. YOU need to leave. NOW."

Freemay20 backed him up with some profanity-laden words. The person working at the laundromat today (not the owner, as I wrote earlier) came out, hearing the raised voices, and freemay20 simply said, pointing to the four, "They need to leave. NOW."

She took the situation in and asked them to do just that, and they did. They left, silently, a bit in shock, no doubt.

Both men sat back down and took deep breaths to calm down from the potential ass-whooping that nearly took place. The only thing the gentleman said to freemay20 was, "It's everywhere." And shook his head.

And it is. It's not limited to the south AT ALL. It's everywhere.

It's appalling and ugly and dehumanizing. It's friggin institutionalized, for cryin' out loud.

But one man, who has likely endured decades of such hatred, got to stand up to it in a big way today, telling THEM to leave.

Kudos to that gentleman and freemay20 for speaking up and facing it head on.

Silence is consent.





(Edit to add that I only mention physical description because I tend to be a very visual person. The physical description of those involved is really a moot point here, imho. Even if freemay20 and the other gentleman had not been physically imposing in any way, and even if the four younger guys HAD been physically imposing, I have a feeling they would have handled this situation in the exact same way.)

UPDATE: In case anyone is concerned, there is no worry about the laundromat employee in question. The laundromat is part of a cluster of family-owned businesses, and many people are always there. They aren't strangers to such incidents and are not concerned about any retribution or trouble. Seems the employee was glad to be given the opportunity to do something about it.


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OneGrassRoot Oct 2013 OP
kentauros Oct 2013 #1
OneGrassRoot Oct 2013 #2
kentauros Oct 2013 #3
OneGrassRoot Oct 2013 #5
kentauros Oct 2013 #7
No Vested Interest Oct 2013 #4
OneGrassRoot Oct 2013 #6
No Vested Interest Oct 2013 #8
Hoyt Oct 2013 #9
OldEurope Oct 2013 #10
OneGrassRoot Oct 2013 #11
mountain grammy Oct 2013 #12
ohtransplant Oct 2013 #13

Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 11:50 AM

1. What a great story, OGR!

Thanks for sharing it, too

Just don't post it in GD. It's probably a good thing most of them don't know this group exists, either

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Response to kentauros (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 11:52 AM

2. ruh-roh, I just did...

Should I remove it?

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 12:52 PM

3. That's up to you.

I was thinking about this line:

"And it is. It's not limited to the south AT ALL. It's everywhere."

We've had some major fights in the last few days about the South, with a few DUers (with major bugs up their butts) tearing down any comments trying to say the South isn't the only source of racism.

I'm sure most people will ignore or pass over it. I'm only worried about a handful I've had the misfortune to butt up against.

I'll have to look for your thread now, as lunch is almost over here

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Response to kentauros (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 12:55 PM

5. Ooooh, gotcha...

I was afraid that in my haste to write the encounter out and share here that I messed up in my wording, including many potential minefields. I know there are a lot of trigger issues contained in this story.

Anyway, thanks.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 12:58 PM

7. I think the haters have missed your post anyway.

Everyone else is loving it!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 12:53 PM

4. No. Don't remove it. That's where I found it!

We need to let light in and brighten the day of as many as we can.
There's always enough bad news coming daily, hourly - yesterday's shootings in NV, for ex.
We all need to have our hearts warmed.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 12:56 PM

6. Hi, No Vested Interest!

I hear you.

Here's a warm for you.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 01:01 PM

8. Thanks, OneGrassRoot - I'm always in need of those.

Sending a big hug back to you!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 01:14 PM

9. I love these kind of stories.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 01:37 PM

10. Who will help the owner of the laundry, when ...

... those racists come back and there is noone to help her?

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Response to OldEurope (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 01:53 PM

11. I updated the post in GD with this info, OldEurope:

UPDATE: In case anyone is concerned, there is no worry about the laundromat employee in question. The laundromat is part of a cluster of family-owned businesses, and many people are always there. They aren't strangers to such incidents and are not concerned about any retribution or trouble. Seems the employee was glad to be given the opportunity to do something about it.

I was wrong about the woman who came out being an owner; she was an employee, and I corrected my original post accordingly.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 01:55 PM

12. I read it in GD before I saw it in my subscriptions. It's a wonderful reminder to all of us

to have courage and confront hatred and racism wherever it raises it's ugly head.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 02:00 PM

13. Great story. Reminds me of the quote below.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

I know we've all heard it before but it covers this situation so well.

NGU

OHT

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