It's stuff like this that blows my mind. It makes me stop to check my calendar, to make sure I have't falled through some sort of wormhole and landed back in 1954 instead of 2004.
Some of you may know I've recently moved to Kentucky and I'm new to the mindset here. I work out of my new home. We're getting a lot of work done on the house.
A few weeks ago, my wife called the guy who installed some tile flooring in our bathroom to ask if he knew any contractors in the area. "I sure do," he said. "He's local and he does good work. But I should let you know he's a colored guy -- is that a problem?"
We were floored.
Being an African American in post-Civil Rights America, I know there are probably alot of things I just never hear or see because racism has gone undercover in so many ways. I'm sure there are statements made and jokes told when everyone in the room is white, that are never uttered when there's a person of color in the room or known to be within earshot.
Don't get me wrong. I was born in the south and spent the first 25 years of my life living there. (I live in Washington, D.C. now, and I don't care what anyone says—D.C. is not the south.) I've heard the "n word" and had it applied to me more than a few times.
Still, It really shocks me when I hear about stuff like this. Are these people like the guys who stepped out of the jungle a decade after WWII ended, still thinking there was still a war on?