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“I am a racist…”

How would you react to someone saying that to you? Let alone saying it so a matter of fact that it was equivalent to ordering a cheeseburger. That is what happened to me last night. I’m not going to drag this out or go on about my “hurt” feelings. But you should know this was said to me while handing out fliers for a benefit concert I am helping organize right now.

I went to a local biker hangout to pass out fliers. Before you give way to assumptions, I have known and hung out with some very open-minded and very cool biker folks. I went there thinking I was among friends. Especially because the bar right next to the hangout was one I frequented very often and always felt welcome. Boy, was I naive.

So I handed one particular biker one of the fliers. I guess I should not have disregarded he and his friends’ Confederate flag badges. As much as I hate that symbol, it is also a Southern piece of life here in Texas. And I’ve hung out with many cowboys in my day who didn’t necessarily represent the hatred behind that flag. In fact I guess they tried instead tried to change its image. But in this case, however, I was handed back the flier in an eerily polite fashion and told, “I’m a racist. I won’t be going there.” To that I quipped, “Well, it isn’t a benefit for black people.” Yes. That was me taking the higher road for the cause. But it didn’t matter. He sneered. His friends shook their heads as if to just say “nicely” to “just walk away.” As I did, I made sure to tell him that I don’t buy into the biker stereotype. And how unfortunate to find someone who fit it.

Bitch, please…

I’m not offended by this word. Hell there is even a magazine named bitch.

When I was in high school, I proudly displayed a sticker on my rear window which read Super Bitch with the Superman “S” in the middle.

I will admit it took me a while to take the word in a warm embrace and one day I just said, “alright—when someone says this to me, it’s always when I’m defending myself or when I’ve gone against the grain.” And then I just decided to wear it like a black dress instead of a chip on my shoulder.

But here we go again with a “celebrity” getting in trouble for name-calling. However this time it’s different. This time we are told that it’s OK to call a black chick a bitch if you are a black male but it’s not OK to do it when you are a white guy. Who said this wonderful tidbit? Mr. Isiah Thomas, New York Knicks coach and president. Read what the fuss is about.

For one thing. Like I said. I don’t care about this word. Even if some guy (or girl for that matter) calls me it when I’ve pissed him or her off. However to be told that it all comes down to race on whether or not it’s OK is just crazy. Because by dissecting it down like that, you are telling me that black people can degrade their own but not let the white folks do it.

I would have preferred if he just fessed up to the word just being derogatory, period. And that he was wrong for saying it. Not announce that because this word is so offensive it can only be used by blacks. What are you trying to tell me then? Blacks can be uncouth all they want but whites have to just sit back and use another word more appropriate for their skin? Bitch is bitch in any race or culture. And does Mr. Thomas realize that his statement just makes us [black folks] look foolish?

Race should give the “privilege” of using words that hurt people? Again, if Thomas were to have said, Don’t forget, you f——— bitch, I’m the president of this f——— team,” to me, I would have laughed in his face. The word bitch isn’t harsh enough to shake my spirit but that’s just me. However Thomas’ alleged following statement, “What the f— is your job? What are your job responsibilities, you f——— ho?” would have got him BITCH-slapped because:

A.) The egotist has just questioned my job ability. A big no-no if you know me. I’m a goal-hungry vixen and he would have regretted the moment he said that.

B.) Bitch I’ll answer to; “ho” will get you a loss of your scrotum.

Some ladies may not agree with me saying that bitch isn’t that big of a deal. Even the intent behind it. I just don’t care. But Thomas is a damn fool to think it’s OK to say it only if you are black.

Am I a lazy American?

I’ve stated here time and time again, even in comments, that I’m not right or left on the whole political stuff. But I do have some strong opinions that many may not agree with. My parents are democrats. But I can’t say that I am really. And I don’t always feel the need to vote a straight party ticket.

However does my not choosing a real politcal side on every topic make me a lazy American? It seems that there is a definite black or white when you turn on the television or pick up the newspaper. You don’t really read about the people who say that both sides have a point. I pose this question because political blogs I read religiously here are very definate in their mission. They are very sure on every topic and don’t waver. I read everyone’s blog even if I don’t agree.

However by sitting in the middle for the most part, does that make me ineffective?

Fact: I’m down with the whole green thing and I recycle like a maniac. But I’m not about to make my life more complicated by buying green, eating EVERYTHING green, wearing green and changing my energy provider to a company more green.

Fact: I’m just going to say it. Yes, I’m anti-Bush. But I have been long before he was the president. Way back when he shook my hand. I’m from Texas and he just gave me the creeps. Sorry. However, I can’t really say that I would never vote Republican.

Fact: I used to be dead against (pardon the pun) the death penalty. Now I say fry ’em. But will admit there are a lot of flaws in the legal system. Many have died and were never guilty.

Fact: I’m pro choice but can’t stand the idea of a woman CHOOSING to use abortion as birth control. Adoption is always a good option but so is birth control pills!

Fact: I am a black chick who supports gay rights and racial equality. But I am tired of movements and people wanting special treatment for being “different.” And why is skin color and sexual orientation a marker of being different? Who cares? I hate that people just can’t live. And I think the rules for everything — even marriage should apply to all of us. Let us just suffer together with all of the trappings of rules.

Fact: I’m not sure I support affirmative action. I want to be hired for how hot and smart I am instead. Hah.

Fact: I vote. Not just for the next president but for local stuff. But usually it’s just when the local stuff has to do with business or a new proposal for something that will create an increase of sale tax revenue for my city. However, I skipped the mayoral vote this year from disgust.

Fact: Welfare and the like can bite my ass. I’m tired of seeing my check dwindle for strangers. There I said it. However, I have seen people I would surely spill my wallet out for because I know they are trying.

Fact: I’ve decided that when retirement comes, I’m shedding my America and footing it to Panama. There isn’t going to be squat for me in America when I retire. Even though I’m paying for everyone else’s retirement now. And that makes me sick.

What makes an American lazy? Not having an opinon at all or not choosing one side to everything?