This morning after dropping my kids off at school, I stopped at a gas station to put air in my tire. As I pulled into the gas station parking lot I noticed that there were lines of cars waiting at each gas pump. To my excitement there was an open space right in front air pump. GREAT! I pulled in. As I got out of my car to start the air pump, a white man pulled up next to me and told me that he was there first and was waiting for that spot. I immediately apologized and explained that I thought he was waiting for gas. He then yelled out “ You F*CKING ELITIST N#GGER. YOU THINK YOU CAN TAKE WHATEVER YOU WANT?” I was stunned and frozen for a second and then just calmly walked to my car, backed out and drove away.
As I drove away I saw another white man yelling at him that he should be ashamed of himself.
I had a few thoughts as I drove away. The first one was that I was disappointed with myself. I just drove away. I let him intimidate me.
Secondly I felt sadness that I now need to prepare my children to see these types of things.
Lastly I felt gratitude. Gratitude for the white gentleman that stuck up for me.
I still believe in this country. I won’t let a few angry people change my mind.