I'm sitting in a packed waiting room near the Memphis Airport.
I am positioned in the back and underneath the TV.
The morning news is reporting an assault somewhere in Memphis. I am not listening until I hear some redneck lady say "white women just don't feel comfortable in Memphis anymore!"
I don't look up from the computer but my mind wanders to what is being reported. I immediately think "what a stupid thing to say.....why do they always interview the ignorant people?"
She continues to speak while I am typing: "Memphis is dangerous! White women are not safe by themselves!"
At this point, I start to recall the waiting room when I walked in.....no women......no whites.....but packed!
She ends with: "I don't know of one white woman that doesn't feel this way!"
I get a weird sensation, like someone is staring at me. I look up. Every single person....man.....none of them white....was looking at me.
If I had thought about it, I might should have just gone back to my typing, but since I respond, speak, react without thinking......
I shrugged my shoulders and said "well, I don't have a problem." Then looked back at my computer. Laughter rippled through the room. I looked up and they were all smiling at me.
Well, one wasn't.... but with all the shaking and scratching, I am assuming he did not know what was going on anyway!