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July 14, 2013


On my run this morning I passed a sort of scruffy-looking black dude just ambling down the street, minding his own business, and it honestly only registered because I was amused that I felt far less threatened by this guy than by the over-privileged white dude in a bar yesterday who wouldn't leave my sweaty ass alone to just drink my damn beer and eat a burger after a long, hot bike ride.

Except I'm sure the white dude had no idea I felt threatened and on my guard.

I like your comments, but wonder about your statement "...nothing to worry about except that apparently we no longer live in a society that values the lives of all of us equally...." When in our country's history has that been the case? I was born and raised in Central Louisiana, and can never recall a time (I'm sixty-six) when black folks were treated as equals. A teaching career in public schools and living in an integrated neighborhood has fully demonstrated to me the fallacy of the old southern, white way of doing things. I hope for a better day, but do not anticipate it in my lifetime. There is hope, though. My granddaughter has friends staying over all the time, representing every ethnic/racial group. To her, they are just good friends.

I feel a lot safer in the city than I do in the country.

And snowballs won't melt in hell before I ever set foot in Florida again.

"....we no longer live in a society that values the lives of all of us equally"

when exactly was the halcyon era, pray tell?

I think she's referring to when we at least knew we were SUPPOSED to value all life equally and could often be shamed into doing the right thing when the world was watching. It looks like that sense of shame is no longer operative.

I was disappointed but not surprised by the verdict. That said, maybe I'm just naive, but I now feel the need to go back and re-read every zombie-related work I've ever read, looking for racist undertones. Because I bet I'll find some.

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