Thursday, July 31, 2008
Is This News to You Too?
I recently shared a meal with an older woman from the North Shore of Chicago. She's got to be in her 70's. She's very wealthy, she's very social, she's very stylish and I think maybe very ignorant...Or is she? Maybe it's not common knowledge.
She's very enthusiastic about Dan Seals' congressional campaign. She's very involved. I think that's just great. I'm glad she is so enthusiastic about this great man who could unseat Republican Mark Kirk.
Somehow we started talking about race and ideas about race and how Obama was viewed negatively at first by the African American community because they viewed him with suspicion as an African and not as one of themselves--Hillary had more support at that point. I brought up how Michelle Obama answered that--her husband, Barack, would still have a hard time hailing a cab at certain places at certain times. The woman at the table with me didn't know what I was talking about. So, I explained that sometimes, black people (men especially) have a hard time flagging down a cab. The taxi drivers won't stop for them and just pass them by.
She was completely surprised by this. She didn't know it, hadn't ever heard about it, didn't realize it.
I'm surprised at her being surprised. She's a sophisticated, worldly woman--how could she not know how an entire segment of society is wrongly treated in this country? How was this news to her?
Is this news to you too?