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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 11:28 AM

5. Wow, that was very enlightening.


I had no idea Canada was as racist as the US. For some reason, I thought they would be more egalitarian.

Now, I know why that black man who made a show of helping me, an elderly white woman in TN, was thinking. I've recently gone through some serious near death incidents with my spouse and I have gained weight and let my hair turn gray instead of coloring it blonde like I usually do. I look a lot older than my age that way but sometimes you have to be what you are. So, one day on the long drive home from the farmer's market we stopped at a rest stop. I got out of the car to use the bathroom and soon returned oblivious to everything around me. I turned the corner of my husband's large pick up to get in the passenger side door, and there was suddenly an expensive car door opening. Surprised I step backed and looked at the man getting out. He was a well dressed, handsome man who happened to be black. If I had been in a better mood and shape, I would have flirted with him. It's a mild flirting for fun that my spouse is use to. He saw the surprise on my face and he began calling me mam. He helped me to my car as if I were infirmed, and he all but shuffled away, I knew what he was doing. He thought I was a bigot and was surprised at his skin color. So, he was on his best behavior to calm the racist old white lady in the south. I know now it was years of experience with racist that made him assume the worst.

Now, whenever I stop at that rest stop I always smile. You never know when you will meet a handsome man.

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