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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 12:29 PM
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76. Again, walking a mile in someone else's shoes...
A short story...

some years ago I worked with a woman who used to tell me about one of her neighbors, an elderly man who was in WWII and who hated Japanese people with a passion.

With the arrogance of youth, I judged this man and decided he was probably a very nasty person...

Until I learned that he was interred in a Japanese prison camp for a long time. Was horribly mistreated...tortured...forced death marches...the whole bit.

There was no way I could ever know the horrors he had suffered, and I did change my opinion. Wrong as it may seem to some, I thought he at least had a reason to hate a whole group of people.

None of us here who can ever know what this woman who didn't want a black CNA may have gone through in her life.

Yet people judge her...are glad, in spite of her age or physical/mental infirmities that she was "paid back" for her "bigotry".

How kind. How "liberal". How tolerant. How very Democratic to prejudge someone without knowing the circumstances of someone else's life.

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