Thursday, February 28, 2008

Another Whole America Out There

Here's what someone said to me during a brief discussion about the election while I was in Missouri:

"They say that n*****'s a Muslim."

Tamping down my initial inclination to respond in a, er, non-verbal manner, I instead had a civil discussion with the person about both of the issues raised by the utterance in question--that is, both the political issue and the moral/terminological one. You'll be as surprised as I am that significant progress was made on both fronts. I was, in particular, surprised by how relatively easy it was to elicit agreement that it is wrong to use the 'N' word.

Man. It's an astonishing country out there in many ways.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus. Nice job Winston.

9:51 AM  

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