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Freddie Woo says: "A bloke who lived next door to my mum told me on the day Diana died that it was 'God's punishment for sleeping with an Arab'". Tell us stories of bigots, racists, sexists, homophobes and loud-mouths so that we may point and laugh

(, Thu 21 Feb 2013, 20:03)
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I had a landlord who was originally from Alabama, but I never appreciated how racist he was until I visited his mountain cabin, and poked my head where I ought not to have looked: a library filled with segregationist literature. A whole universe that I didn't even know existed opened up. Apparently the American South in the civil rights years had a bustling pulp book industry detailing just how evil the 'Nigras' were, and the shelves groaned with these titles. Aside from this foible, he was a perfect gentleman, and race seldom came up.

Except sometimes, by accident. One day, I was trying to puzzle out what I thought might be a blocked carburetor jet on my VW Bug, so I inserted my lips into the top of the carburetor, formed a seal, and blew into it. My landlord approached with a question. When I turned towards him, he stood back, aghast, and pointed at me. The carburetor had left a perfect black ring on my white face, right around my lips - just like a blackface parody - except in photonegative. I stood there in irritated incomprehension, asking "What - what's so funny?" as he doubled over with gales of laughter.

My understanding is that they had a big fire on that mountaintop a few years ago. If the library didn't survive, it's history's loss, but society's gain.
(, Mon 25 Feb 2013, 4:18, Reply)

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