Monday, March 3, 2014

I've got nothing

Tonight I rode the bus with a young man (18? 19?) sitting near the back who kept saying, "mah nig--h" over and over in his phone call to whoever he was talking to.

This young man was white.

It was an assault to the ears and deplorable to listen to. Apparently a young lady (20?) sitting near him felt the same and not so politely asked him to stop.

Needless to say it didn't go well. He banged the back of her seat a couple of times, another guy (30?) jumped in and defended her, and on and on they bitched back and forth.


I was disgusted by what I had witnessed, the general lack of respect. If this young man was my son, I'd be embarrassed.

Everyone got off at downtown Oshawa, I generally feared for the girl's safety but the man who defended her made a point to shadow her, so I can only suspect all was well.



J said...

Wow what goes through these peoples minds when they do things like this? =P

Anonymous said...

Hate to tell you this C.J. As someone who drives for Go and that route. Sounds like a normal day on Go Transit. Sad very Sad.

Anonymous said...

If I was in the same situation, I would start fist fights with the guy uttering the foul language and let Darwin do its work.

Anonymous said...

a friend of mine explained a simular experience on the GO train, wondering if this is the same idiot. Someone needs to teach him a lesson and I am sure it will happen sooner or later. It's disgusting what trash is out there.

Anonymous said...

And if he was black?

C.J. Smith said...

I don't like the word or the context, period, but it's especially vulgar when it's uttered by a white person.

Kelly said...

I feel the same - there is a lot of debate around whether it's okay for blacks to use it (it is prevalent in a lot of rap/hip hop lyrics)... but it should be OBVIOUS for whites not to... I bet it was all white people there or he wouldn't do it. Disgusting and crazy. My grandmother once referred to some kind of black candies she used to get as a child as "n word" babies and it was soooo cringe-inducing. She is now 88 and in a nursing home so I cut her some slack but at that time I had to tell her she could not say that out loud at tim hortons with me. sheesh!

C.J. Smith said...

OH MY GOD... I had a an elderly neighbour that used to call black jellybeans the exact same thing. Cringe worthy indeed!

Squiggles said...

The candy is called Black Babies now, which if you like black licorice, you will LOVE. But growing up, my family (mainly my grampa) always referred to them as the n-word babies. I think it was a generational thing.

As for this "person", hopefully Darwinism will work it's magic.