So, sometimes I fall down the rabbit hole of reading conservative people’s twitter feeds. It always makes me crazy. Of course, now with all of the Sherrod stuff happening, conservatives are going nuts about how there’s no racism, they aren’t racist, and liberals are the ones fanning any racist flames. And so it goes…
In bouncing around, I came upon the twitter feed of midlifechick:
And here are the two tweets that are driving me nuts:
[In case you can’t see the picture, the one on the bottom (which was tweeted first) says: “At work, just got FedEx delivery. I’m white; fedex guy black. I said, ‘I’m a tea partier. Do you think that makes me a racist?’ more…”. Followed immediately by this tweet: “FedEx guy looked at me and said he wasn’t keeping up on ‘things.’ I said ‘please let’s dont let racial stuff divide us.’ He said ‘okay.'”]
What kills me is how incredibly racist this action was on her part but how she thinks she has done something to start the healing process in this country:
She is trying to say that she started a dialogue one-on-one with a black man and that that is a powerful thing that can end racism. That this is how all whites and blacks need to act in order to end the racial divide. Yeah, clearly.
Let’s just imagine for a second what the delivery guy is thinking during this face-to-face.
She says: “I’m a tea partier. Do you think that makes me racist?”
Delivery guy thinks: “OMG. WTF? What does this lady want me to say? Yeah, you asking me this right now, well, that’s a little racist. And if not racist, then inappropriate and weird. If I say no, then I’m lying and she’ll feel smug. So, I’ll just pretend like I have no idea what she is talking about…”
Delivery guy says: “I don’t know. I’m not keeping up on things.”
She says: “That’s okay. But please, from one white tea party lady to one black man who delivers things to my place of work, don’t let the racial stuff divide us.” [I’m just assuming it went something like that since we got the abbreviated version on Twitter.]
Delivery guy thinks: “Is she fucking kidding? Why the fuck is this happening to me right now? Did she really just tell me that I shouldn’t let this racial stuff divide us? Isn’t she the white lady who just sought me out because of my skin color so that she could feel better about not being a racist? Seriously, universe, WTF?”
Delivery guy says: “Okay.”
And then she returns to her computer where she happily tweets this exchange, completely ignorant of, well, everything.
Here are the problems:
- 1) She’s at work.
- 2) The FedEx guy is at work. And his business and his bosses get their money from her place of work.
- 3) So, she used a business situation where she is the customer to accost a stranger about whether he is willing to judge her on the spot.
- 4) She specifically sought out a black dude (at least someone she assumes and labels as “black”) to ask this question of. [Wait. I’m sure she has at least one black friend she can call and ask this of. I mean, someone in her life who actually knows her. Maybe? Just one?]
- 5) And then she BLAMED him for the “racial stuff” that is dividing this country (I assume that is what she is talking about dividing). It’s somehow HIS responsibility to end it.
- 6) She thinks that telling a black FedEx delivery guy on his morning route, who is delivering or picking up packages from her business that her business is paying him to pick up or deliver, to not let “racial stuff divide us” is appropriate, makes a point, and pushes racial equality forward in this country.
So, this is how some individual tea partiers handle the issue of race and are working to end racism in this country. In response to this and as an appropriate way to sum up my feelings: AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [head on desk]