I look after some elderly people who definitely missed Racism (It’s a Bad Thing) 101. This morning I was with a lady who was watching that show with Kelly who used to be with Regis. I don’t give any grace to the fact this woman is in her late 80’s. She actually said, and I quote, “I don’t like him. His eyes are too squinty”. (Seriously.) “!!!!!!!”, said, I. Actually before I could say anything she asked me if I agree and I said that no I didn’t and hadn’t actually thought about it. Because I hadn’t.
Then this afternoon I was listening to Dire Staits. They had a few great songs in their day. I was singing along and got to, “The little ****** with the earring and the makeup, Yeah buddy that’s his own hair, That little ****** got his own jet airplane, That little ****** he’s a millionaire”. “!!!!!!!”, said, I. Well, no I didn’t. But I sure as hell couldn’t sing those lyrics. Even by myself, in my car where nobody can hear, those words are offensive.
In other news it is a long weekend here. Victoria Day or something that I don’t actually celebrate because we came here and barged into Canada with our religion and ways of life and made an awful mess of things. But that is what white people often do. Force our way of life on everybody that isn’t us. It is sad and embarrassing. I am working through the whole long weekend and get paid for a STAT so there is that. There is a parade that I won’t be going to . Have I ever mentioned that I hate parades? I do. I think it is some sort of trauma from being little and having candy thrown from the floats and never, not once getting a piece. And the fucking clowns.