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Mon Aug 29, 2016, 01:52 PM Aug 2016

When you see unexpected racism... [View all]

First of all I'd like to say I have enjoyed my time here. Going to be 5 years come January. I don't post much. The name is Pedro.

My story starts Saturday night in Dallas. I live in mesquite a suburb. My child, my dad and I went to a hispanic oriented store called the Rio Grande. We like their butcher shop. Tend to have menudo etc...

It was late, they were already starting to clean and we noticed a new worker, a black man. He greeted us in Spanish, and treated us with respect. Cut the meat exactly how I wanted it. I was impressed and happy.

This is where my story turns dark. As we're leaving the woman behind us tells him in Spanish that she doesn't want a mayate to help her. That word is a derogatory word used towards black man. You could see bewilderment in his face, and at the same time you could tell it was not the first time it had happened. My dad lost it and went off on the woman. I had to calm him. Other costumers came to the gentleman's defense and eventually people only wanted to be served by him.

Before leaving I said to him that I was so sorry he had to endure that. He said to me that he is simply trying to make an honest living. On the way home my dad was very agitated and eventually shed some tears. He told me something very profound at least to me. I came here to start a family and for the hope of a better life. I have achieved that and more, so I'll be damned if I'll let people ruin that for me or anyone else.

The reason I said this was unexpected is because I experienced this in my bubble. I leave you with this. We're all human.

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.... bigwillq Aug 2016 #1
Great post. Thanks for posting. n/t MicaelS Aug 2016 #2
k&r unblock Aug 2016 #3
i hope they kicked out that racist woman. she should not be allowed to shop there. trueblue2007 Aug 2016 #4
She stormed of on her own accord. Lobo27 Aug 2016 #6
Wonder if she learned anything from this. progressoid Aug 2016 #22
My hope is that she did. Lobo27 Aug 2016 #23
Your dad sounds like a wonderful person. And he understands that we ALL would benefit from pnwmom Aug 2016 #5
I am a white woman and this one black woman friend has several times said derogatory things about Maraya1969 Aug 2016 #7
Something many don't like to discuss. Behind the Aegis Aug 2016 #42
Idiots in every color and creed ... Dr Rise Aug 2016 #45
The older you get , the more you realize packman Aug 2016 #8
on a side note - I love your sig line gif nadine_mn Aug 2016 #16
You speak for me, nadine_mn. 3catwoman3 Aug 2016 #33
Racism exists in all races and cultures I imagine. jalan48 Aug 2016 #9
Thanks for posting this hibbing Aug 2016 #10
You're so right. Sad times for all of us. Lobo27 Aug 2016 #11
It's VERY true. Trump gives it acceptability. Actually, more acceptability. calimary Aug 2016 #25
Yes, he normalizes the mindset and the M$M doesn't treat it with the level vitriol it deserves... uponit7771 Aug 2016 #34
Isn't "mayate" a derogatory term for a homosexual? oberliner Aug 2016 #12
It starts with an m too. Lobo27 Aug 2016 #13
No, it is not. Throd Aug 2016 #18
You're thinking of 'maricon'. ColesCountyDem Aug 2016 #26
Good sig line GeoWilliam750 Aug 2016 #27
Thank you! ColesCountyDem Aug 2016 #29
That MLK quote is amazing. mountain grammy Aug 2016 #48
Thank you! ColesCountyDem Aug 2016 #55
Rise above! True Dough Aug 2016 #14
+100 narnian60 Aug 2016 #17
The people who spoke up and out, including your father, are true American heroes. Liberal_Stalwart71 Aug 2016 #15
Others speaking out needs to happen more. Good on this stores patrons Person 2713 Aug 2016 #53
You know I agree! Liberal_Stalwart71 Aug 2016 #54
Touching malaise Aug 2016 #19
Thank you for this post. Your father is a great man, and I expect you will follow in his footsteps. brush Aug 2016 #20
Maybe we can all marginalize racists the way your father did lunatica Aug 2016 #21
I grew up in Dallas OriginalGeek Aug 2016 #24
If only more people were like your father. GeoWilliam750 Aug 2016 #28
I can relate to your father. Once anther customer ahead of me at a grocery store Enoki33 Aug 2016 #30
"Eat sand" or "pound sand"? ProudToBeBlueInRhody Aug 2016 #31
A difference, perhaps Maynar Aug 2016 #39
What I wrote. Enoki33 Aug 2016 #50
Amen, we're all human ... I pray the woman notices her mindset is not the norm uponit7771 Aug 2016 #32
Thanks Pedro. woofless Aug 2016 #35
Thanks for this. dakdirty Aug 2016 #36
It always surprises me too when I am on line yuiyoshida Aug 2016 #37
Thank you Yui Maynar Aug 2016 #40
Amazing, isn't it? Behind the Aegis Aug 2016 #44
Oh god yes! yuiyoshida Aug 2016 #49
this probably happens more often than people think JI7 Aug 2016 #38
It's people like your Dad that make the country GREAT! eom LittleGirl Aug 2016 #41
Sounds like something off of "What Would You Do?". Behind the Aegis Aug 2016 #43
It's unfortunate you had to face that. Not to marginalize your experience; as a black woman... vaberella Aug 2016 #46
Very profound story, Pedro. Hugin Aug 2016 #47
Kudos to your Dad. We need more people to stand up for our values. demigoddess Aug 2016 #51
Ill be damned Ill let people ruin that for me or anyone else. Person 2713 Aug 2016 #52
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