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Mon Sep 3, 2018, 06:15 PM

When people use racism as an excuse for bad behavior it hurts everyone.

This summer my son works as a park ranger; it is his job to oversee a beach/picnic area and enforce the posted rules. Today a woman brought her dog to the park even though it is clearly posted that dogs are not allowed. He hates having to tell people that they can't bring their dogs beyond the parking area even more than he hates having to clean the bathrooms because he loves dogs more than people. Unfortunately, the lady was of the opinion that the rules do not apply to her. She told him she brings her dog there all the time. He said he was sorry but it was his job to enforce the no dogs rule. She then started to yell at him and say that he was a racist and he would allow her dog if she were white. While he tried to explain that if she did not remove her dog he would have to call his boss.
While this was going on a white woman showed up with her dog. So my son went to her and explained the not dog rule. This lady said that because the black lady had a dog she should also be allowed to have her dog. He told her no one was allowed to have a dog on the beach.
He radioed his boss and asked for assistance. While waiting another group of people tried to bring their dog. Once again he explained the rules and was attacked (verbally). The black woman was calling my son a racist who was harassing her because of her race; the white woman saying he was letting the black woman stay because of her race.
Fortunately his boss arrived with 4 other rangers and evicted all of them because my son is on the autism spectrum and he was starting to have a panic attack. Hours later he is still anxious and is afraid to go back to work because he has been a strong supporter of Black Lives Matter and other civil rights issues.
In his opinion they should allow dogs but ban people. People are more rude. More aggressive. Dogs make less of a mess and no dog has ever accused him of being a horrible person.

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Reply When people use racism as an excuse for bad behavior it hurts everyone. (Original post)
NewEnglandAutumn Sep 2018 OP
Squinch Sep 2018 #1
elleng Sep 2018 #2
mapol Sep 11 #5
msongs Sep 2018 #3
Doodley Sep 2018 #4

Response to NewEnglandAutumn (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 06:25 PM

1. Cool story, bro. Shows that "reverse racism" is a scourge on us all.

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Response to NewEnglandAutumn (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 06:29 PM

2. How awful, for him (and all of us,

you are so right, When people use racism as an excuse for bad behavior it hurts everyone.)

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 04:34 PM

5. Yup!

This:

you are so right, When people use racism as an excuse for bad behavior it hurts everyone.)


is very, very true, elieng. You're spot on about this. Moreover, the people who use racism as an excuse for bad behavior, and who hide behind the anti-discrimination laws in order to avoid the consequences of wrong-doing of any kind, it also makes it even more difficult for people who really are the victims of racism to get legitimate grievances redressed.

Also, the guy who was working at the beach to enforce the law of no dogs allowed on the beach was more than justified in doing so, and calling his boss for assistance, when the two women who'd brought their dogs onto the beach gave him a hard time.

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Response to NewEnglandAutumn (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 06:48 PM

3. dog owners. nt

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Mon Sep 3, 2018, 06:49 PM

4. He is between a rock and a hard place. He sounds like he has a sweet soul.

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