I’ve been a witness to hatred; Hell I’ve been part of it for years. Intolerance, I’ve dealt with that within my own damn family! And racism as well while in school; which I despise. Regardless of a person’s gender, age, sexual orientation, or religion NO ONE has the right to discriminate against another person.
THIS being said, there is a limit on tolerance for people who are abusive, terror-mongers, and a radical; be it religion on something else….
My reason for this “rant” is I had the misfortune of meeting a MOTHER, who was openly showing her children hate in the form of discrimination. A dreadful act to teach a child who’s not fully aware of the ways of the world.
I was on the 20 Herring Cove Rd bus in Halifax Nova Scotia, when I came across a frazzled mom, I will call this woman “Trinity” as she had a dog paw tattoo with the name Trinity on it, on her left of her chest which was viewable. This woman was about 30ish, long blonde hair and in a foul mood. She touted with her two young children.
She was frustrated and I can understand that as she had 4 large bags of school supplies with her and one of them was split. I was friendly to her and made a suggestion to her about putting the school supplies into the kids kit bags to save her the frustrations of cleaning it up off the ground when the bag did split.
She sighed and stated ‘Frankly I don’t care anymore, I’m just in that kind of mood.” I smiled and said “It’ll get better.” She nodded but still stated “When I go back to Wal-Mart, they are going to hear my mouth” I figured a complaint was probably warranted seeing as she had LOTS of bags, and double bagging should have been done considering the way her bags had been packed (to over flowing) so I understood her and empathized with her on how workers there should have the common sense to double bag when necessary.
Now up to this moment I felt bad for her and wished I could help her with her dilemma but alas I didn’t have the resources at that moment to do so; but at that moment she then spoke the most hateful words I heard and it made me seethe! “She should go back to the country she came from!”
She’s speaking to someone of a minority ethnic background, there’s a black woman and a Lebanese man not far from either of us as well and she has the fucking nerve to say this shit!
I piped up because it was the right thing to do, I can understand being a bit miffed or pissed but to openly discriminate against someone based on their ethnic origins was WRONG on so many levels!
I mean she didn’t know this woman, she didn’t know if she was born here or not, she had NO right to say what she said.
I stated that her comment was rude and I showed my disappointment in which she retaliates with
“You don’t know me, and I don’t fucking care what anyone thinks of me!”
Obviously Einstein was right when he stated “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits”; as she obviously went beyond the limits of stupid with her comment.
I wouldn’t want to know a racist person regardless of how “Nice” they were on a good day. Racism isn’t tolerated period and she was teaching her young impressionable children how to hate with her slurs.
I looked at her and spoke up, “You don’t know the woman you put down and your words are racist and rude.”
I was then promptly told to “Shut up, you’re best to ignore me and I’ll ignore you” I had to very carefully control myself so I didn’t punch this bitch in the face… YES I called her a bitch because that’s exactly what she was being. Instead of being one myself and stooping to her level of stupidity I decided to take the high road and I stated “I’d much rather not be on the bus with a racist bigot who’s teaching her kids how to hate, way to go.” and from there I got off the bus as to prevent a war; I then realized I hadn’t even made it off of Mumford road. I got as far as the 1st stop from the Mumford station.
My dear, I WAS trying to be nice and felt your frustrations and wished I could help you, but in an instant you turned into a monster I didn’t want to know. I believe you need to have some lessons in tolerance, and to learn what racism is and all about and how it’s trickling effects have on everyone around you. You’d hate it if someone ASSUMED something about you and called you something you’re not, or used it against you as a weapon like you did this woman whom you knew nothing about other than she worked at Wal-Mart on Mumford road in Halifax. You used your “bad” day to attack someone with racial slurs in front of your children. I honestly feel bad for your children. I’m sure you’re not that heartless in continuing to be teaching your kids how to be intolerant of others and to be a racist. I hope this doesn’t come back to bite you in the ass as Karma has its way of coming back 10 fold. (Well in all honesty actually; in retrospect I hope it does; maybe then you’ll learn a lesson from it, but a good one.) To your children I PRAY you do not learn from your mothers mistake, remember there will be people who will not be tolerant of you, but it takes a bigger person to hold their heads high and stick up for a minority than it does to put one down. Please be better than this, god knows the world needs more polite tolerant people around.
To those who have listened to my rant, please understand that yes I support those of other backgrounds regardless of who they are, I tried to be polite to this lady, YES I was pissed and I DID speak up, but it was better to walk away at least I DID speak up; but know I don’t tolerate hate of any kind when it comes to mankind; we’re only here for a short time and it’s better to leave GOOD solid set of foot prints for our children to follow then to leave a distorted line based on hate and intolerance. I HOPE this lady stops and lets her children know that YES adults DO make mistakes and that what she did was wrong, so it gives her children a better message than the one she sent prior to this incident. This will send a better message to her children and to let them know it’s ok to make mistakes so long as you try to make an effort to correct it.
PLEASE pass this on to those of you who also understand that we need to be more tolerant of each other regardless of our differences. Comments welcomed 🙂