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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » I did go booty dancing the other night, although I don’t think that counts.

I did go booty dancing the other night, although I don’t think that counts.

This could qualify as a daily What the Hell were they Thinking?:

So let me get this straight, your son should be rewarded for telling the truth, and he really doesn’t hate blacks, because he supposedly has a black friend. You would think that maybe, just possibly, one or two of those black friends that you claim he socializes with, would have told him that it might not be a good idea to burn a cross as a sign of love, respect or camaraderie. When most people want to be friendly to new people in the neighbourhood, they stop by with a cake, or a pie even.
Call me crazy but burning a cross just doesn’t seem to say welcome to the neighbourhood. Perhaps all of the images popularized in the media of men in white sheets burning crosses just looked like some kind of weird celebration of Halloween. Maybe he believed that when they were screaming, “white power” as the crosses burned they were making a statement about how wonderful bleach is at keeping whites, white and not actually pushing a racial agenda. Come on, not even the fictional Forest Gump is that dumb.

I personally do not have any black friends. They’re all Asian, Hispanic or White. (One guy is half black, half Japanese, but does not regard his black half for reasons I don’t understand.) I work and interact with a whole bunch of black folks on a daily basis, although I wouldn’t call them friends. They’re acquaintances.

I have no explanation for this. Going out and finding a black friend, for the sake of having one, would be fake and shallow. I will hang out with whoever is around, though. There is quite a bit more de facto segregation around here than you’d think. I find it bizarre.

Oh, but I do have a black friend on facebook, so that makes it okay, right?

Conclusion: I have no idea what I’m talking about anymore.

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