Saturday, April 09, 2011

Wait - so now I'm a racist?

So I'm at the drugstore Friday and the guy behind the counter asks me if I'm a golf enthusiast and will I be watching The Masters this weekend. I responded truthfully, "I only watch if Tiger's in the hunt." The older white guy clutching a box of Merlot, a container of berry-flavored Metamucil and a king size snickers bar standing right behind me in line said, "Well that's racist."

Le Sigh. "I beg your pardon?" I turned to look at him.

He's waving his Metamucil at me. "You only support golf if the black guy has a chance to win? That's racist!"

"Um, no. I'm not a golf lover, but I'm a Tiger Woods fan. So if he's on and doing well, I'll watch."

"Even after he screwed around on his wife?"

"What does his infidelity have to do with his golf game?"

He shrugged, "I don't know. That's how you people are."

When will folks learn that letting the phrase 'you people' fall out of your mouth is just never bueno. "Which people are those?"

"Black people. Or uh - African Americans is what you're called now, right?"

So much wrong with what he just said, I chose to ignore most of it. "I think I read that Tiger doesn't consider himself black, sir."

Dude is turning red in the face now. "What about Obama?" 

Oh here we go. "What about him?" I swiped my card and entered the PIN number. Half the folks in the CVS where starting to look nervous.

"Is he black enough for you?" <~~yup, he really said that.

"Okay beyond the fact that you called me racist but every sentence out of your mouth is sounding mighty confederate; I don't know what you want me to say here. I'd love and support America if Barack wasn't president. It just so happens that he is the President of the United States of America, he is biracial, one of those races being black. He claims that. But I'm an American. Not a golfer. Maybe if I was a golfer, I'd watch golf even if Tiger wasn't playing."

"So you admit you only watch golf when a black man has a chance of beating a white man?"

I rolled my eyes, "I'm sorry - who are you?"

He stuck his chest out, "I'm a veteran, served my country proudly for thirty years."

"Well I appreciate your service to this nation, sir." I grabbed my bags and walked out. When I looked back he had started arguing with the guy behind the counter.

This is what we have now? Folks pleading reverse racism over a golf tournament? Rush Limbaugh saying that Obama is treating the troops like slaves? Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Let me just leave with this En Vogue classic, Free Your Mind...

29 comments:

Jason P said...

Old boy clearly needed his Metamucil.

Steve said...

You told him he was sounding "mighty confederate"?!
You're a mess.
Kudos for not going Shakikinesha on him.

Jubilance said...

That was one bizarre exchange.

I chalk that one up to fear...so many White ppl have suddenly realized that they won't be in charge forever, and that the world they knew is gone & will never exist again..Fear has a lot of folks acting like they lost their minds...

jake said...

I don't even know why he brought it up? No cure for White and Wacky.

Leon X said...

So I guess that means that the (mostly white) people who watch golf on TV are "racist" like you seeing as how ratings for golf tournaments went down during the period when Tiger wasn't playing golf.

Nicole said...

My Facebook status for today reads:

"There seems to have popped up a unique breed of people in my life - people who I barely know who piss me off........which is why those said same people will remain in the barely known category....."


I think this is so apt for this post....*grin*

♥ ℒ. Marie ♥ said...

You handled that well, Chele.

Earthangel172 said...

He sounds like the average Texas redneck....

I'm glad you didn't add fuel to the fire by going off on him and rolling your neck since that's how "you people" solve all of your problems. I guess we all eat fried chicken and watermelon too. LOL...Okay let me stop!

Ignorance is bliss.

rozb said...

He was that combo of cranky and constipated. Hence the box 'o wine and the flavored Metamucil. Not only was he butting in, but he had the nerve to try and start something. And I bet he went to his local VFW and told all his veteran jacket-wearing friends how he put that colored girl in her place. Makes me want to take my veteran behind down to Texas and kick him in his probably long, saggy junk.

You did awesome, Chele!

rozb said...

Boxed merlot with a berry-flavored Metamucil chaser!

ASmith said...

Um. Yeah.

You ever been talking to someone, someone you know very well, specifically, and suddenly y'all are in the middle of an argument and you realize you have NO idea where this came from? Perhaps, even, there's a point where they make a comment SO irrelevant to what you were talking about that you have to just shake your head. Maybe in that moment, but probably much later, you realize that person had a bone to pick with you from jump and worked it into an otherwise pleasant conversation any way they could.

Yeah. this is that dude, b'cept you ain't know him. I'm SURE this has been something he's wanted to say to a black person for a while now and you offered him the opportunity. Well, you didn't, but he took it anyway. Most of the proof is in the way he a)brought up Obama -- who, last I checked, does NOT golf and b) brought it back to Tiger when that line of reasoning obviously became non-sequitur, EVEN THOUGH you had already shot down his Tiger line of thought... Holmes must be scared he's racist or something. White folks get on my nerves being so afraid of that word -- like they might be racist and not be able to change it. It's not cancer, idiot. Just stop being ignorant.

As an aside though, white people trying to find black racists piss me all the way off. I typically tell white folks who say stuff like that, that I'm not a racist, because I can't be a racist. Racism is born of the combination of prejudice and power. I may be prejudiced but my race (and gender) leave me sans power.

Charles G Hill said...

According to everything I've seen, Obama is a pretty fair golfer.

But I think you're right: this guy has been steamed for a long time, probably for no good reason. (And Chele handled this about as well as it can be handled.)

thinklikeRiley said...

Let's not trip, those folks running networks (non-black) prayin' Tiger gets his golf on. Tiger = ratings

GrownAzzMan said...

SMDH! I was originally planning this as a shout-out to all those folks who though it was perfectly OK to shut down the gubment and put 100's of thousands out of work just so they could strike a symbolic blow against Planned Parenthood and the EPA. Now I have to include St. Slaughter. I dedicate this song to them and anyone else who has earned it this week. Eee Lo Gree in a NotevenclosetoSFW way.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0mxOXbWIU

cocoaeyecandy said...

When is it okay to roll up on strangers at the CVS? The entitlement...
There's this older white guy at work who has a way of saying "The Blacks" that sets my teeth on edge. Last week "We understand that The Blacks are not purchasing this product." Maybe they are catching a whiff of racism from the packaging? Don't get me started. It was a long week.

JAMES MCCOY said...

Sad commentary,some white folks have lost their mine.

FreeBlackMan said...

It's for occasions such as these that I wish we had the ability to broadcast our personal soundtracks at will. Right after he dropped the "racist" word, you could have played Public Enemy's Fight the Power.

TreyCharles said...

I gotta say since moving here (Texas from Georgia), I haven't met a lot of rednecks. A whole lot of country but not so much redneck. A whole lot of hood too. But that's a topic for another day.

TreyCharles said...

Wait - you know Shakiki too?

MichelleG said...

Don't forget the snickers (which will have him back in line tomorrow)!

Steve said...

Now this is the best thing you've said all week (except for the jumper cables thing, that still has me twisted).

GrownAzzMan said...

I could roll with PE, NWA, Pac and now Cee Lo cued up...LOL

digal704 said...

Sounding " mighty confederate"! LMFAO! WTH! See that's why people need to stay out of other people's business! Dumb as dirt! You should have said "yes, I am racist"! He would have really turned red!

BlackBetty said...

As a fan of boxed wine (please research before you think I'm drinking Franzia) this guy is giving it a bad name.

Earthangel172 said...

I've lived here since 1992 and there's plenty of them in Houston...trust me! LOL

BrendaKay said...

My father is a member of that privileged, entitled class of Americans known as "retired military". And truly there is no other group of people who are continuously pissed off, cranky, angry and spoiling for a fight than a retired military man. The fact is, these poor souls are lost, they don't have anyone to yell orders at or to have salute them. So they sit around watching the military channel, reliving the so-called glory days of war and fondly remembering when they were in charge of something or someone.

Chele, while I personally think you should have cut Mr. Retired off at the knees, I appreciate how you were keeping it bougie at the CVS. My last encounter with an angry retired military man sporting his retired Naval Officer baseball cap happened at Borders while I was reading a magazine which had President Obama on the cover. After our exchange, Mr. Retired Navy walked away speechless with his head down, as his wife winked and smiled at me.

Someone comes at me with some Rush Limbaugh/Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin talking points and Mature Bougie will go Angela Davis Militant on their behind in less than 10 seconds.

Nate_Wesley said...

"I'm a veteran, served my country proudly for thirty years."

My response: "That would mean you served in a military that has been racially integrated for a good long while...I'm so sorry you learned NOTHING from working alongside your brothers in arms who just happened to be Black."

Ms Iconoclast said...

You nailed it! Go' head OneChele! You make me proud I'm a woman ;) ....

This right here :

"I'd love and support America if Barack wasn't president. ....But I'm an American. Not a golfer. Maybe if I was a golfer, I'd watch golf even if Tiger wasn't playing."

I'm surprised he wasn't going to join "Elizabeth" after that remark! "Go 'head Wordsmith!!! woo-hoo!!!

Brittany Geneva said...

You made this up, it can't be real..!! SMH

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