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Mon May 21, 2018, 05:53 PM

118. Tipperary

I apologize. I was harsh and rude. I must relate two true stories...

My hubs and I have gotten criticism from former conservative friends and some family members since we came out of the closet many, many decades ago as being liberal dems.

So, when I announced my pregnancy and ultrasound revealed I was having a boy decades ago, the first words out of my now ex good friend's mouth were, "Congratulations! I'm thrilled. Now, tell me how you'd feel if he announced he were going to marry a black woman."

I swear to the dog she said that!

Then, then, my sister-in-law called from Memphis...wait for it...and said the exact damn thing!!! "What if he wants to marry a black woman?!!"
By the year 2001, we had stopped even speaking to either woman. Hubs forfeited a big inheritance when he told this family to go to hell.

So, this is a personal and sensitive issue for us. I don't miss either of those bigots. I still haven't told any of our extended families or friends living south of us that our son will likely marry his black girlfriend.

Racial attitudes are connected mostly to ignorance but also to geographical norms, sadly.

We still live in the south (Virginia) but at least it has changed - a lot - in the past 40 years. Tennessee is also changing but much more slowly.

🙏

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