Comments: Family, friends and the movie of a fatass

Sounds like you're doing great! Thanks for sharing that story.

Posted by Tom Galvin at July 12, 2004 01:15 AM

Sounds like maybe you should give Blacks more credit then?

Posted by DarkStar at July 12, 2004 09:00 AM

As if I don't in the first place?

Posted by mhking at July 12, 2004 09:15 AM

"My sister-in-law, who is convinced that each and every white person on the face of the planet is out to get her..."

That is a pretty rough attitude to get past. If someone is nice to her, then they are obviously scheming or perhaps they just feel bad for being so racist. If someone is rude to her, then they don't feel bad for being so racist. If someone doesn't notice her, then obviously they are pretending she doesn't exist.

It is amazing how we can manufacture our own reality to live in.

Posted by King of Fools at July 12, 2004 10:10 AM

As if I don't in the first place?

By withholding your opinion, you are saying that your family can't handle it. Maybe some can't. Maybe some can.

Give them credit by giving them positive benefit of the doubt.

Posted by DarkStar at July 12, 2004 09:46 PM

Been there, done that.

I've had my share of family arguements over my politics. Everyone knows how I feel politically. I make no secrets about it.

My father-in-law and mother-in-law know our politics, and can discuss them rationally with us, even though they both differ with us. The aforementioned sister-in-law goes out of her way to try to pick fights with Rachel and I.

I was not about to ruin a warm, happy weekend by allowing anyone to pick a fight with me over my politics.

In some cases, discretion is the better part of valor.

Posted by mhking at July 13, 2004 12:32 AM

Michael, tell your sister in law I am not out to get her, but I am only mostly white. Got a good bit of native American ancestry as well. So I guess I might not count after all. Oh well.

Posted by spacemonkey at July 13, 2004 07:18 PM
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