I found a really funny story today on Salon.com. It’s about another blogger who, in January began blogging about liberal white people and their proclivities. Check it out here: http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2008/07/05/white_people/
One of the funniest things I found on his blog was that white people try to create conversations that allow them to subtly brag. About their travels, their liberalism, their tolerance. Their evolvedness.
So, this afternoon, I’m checking out of the grocery store. An older, preppy gentleman walked away, leaving his umbrella on the counter. The checker called after him, saying, “You’re probably going to need this out there.”
The gentleman picked up the umbrella, glanced at it, and said, “I bought this umbrella in London! A long time ago.” And he turned and exited. No “thank you,” no “have a nice day.”
Then I thought, wait a minute. He’s full of shit. He can’t even keep up with that umbrella for one day. He hasn’t had it for “a long time.”
But then I decided that he was just a white person. Trying to make his way in the rain.