On Racism and Dog Poop

May 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm (Community, Politics) (, , )

Somebody left a racist pamphlet on my doorstep today. It was in an orange newspaper bag. I saw other orange bags at my neighbors’ houses as I pulled into the driveway. I figured it was an ad for a landscaping company, or something from the village, or maybe a notice about a local food drive or something. It wasn’t immediately obvious what the paper inside was. I took it out and began to read.

It was a two-page article about a Kansas City East High School incident where two kids (black) attacked another kid (white), allegedly because of the color of his skin. In addition to the article were two more pages filled with hatred (and grammatical errors, but that’s another, much less important soapbox) toward “blacks” a word which for the author evidently includes all Latinos and natives of India…and Jews for good measure, of course. I felt physically ill after reading it. The thought that somebody with that much rage in his or her heart was standing at the threshold of my home made me want to vomit. The realization that there are still people who feel this way made me despair.

I wish I could tell you that I calmed myself down by praying, perhaps remembering the Beatitudes, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they are the children of God,” but I didn’t. What really made me feel better was using that orange bag to pick up my dog’s poop as I went on the school run, and then tossing it in the trash. The only thing that would have made me feel better still would have been if I could have delivered it back to the person who left it at my door, saying, “Here’s your shit back.”



  1. Jean DeLauche said,

    I believe Cosmic Retribution will come back to such people with that kind of hatred in their hearts.

  2. Barbara Diamond said,

    Ill save my orang bag for you too!

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