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The following article was posted on July 31st, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 21 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 21

Plenty of shame to go around

Jill Stegman - Atascadero

After reading Gary Wechter’s commentary (“Yes, I’ve used the N-word,” July 11), I wonder what progress we have made in our understanding of racial intolerance? How could it not have occurred to Wechter that the reason the African American man did not appear indignant about “cousin Margie” calling him “nigger” did not mean he thought it was OK and acceptable? The man was raised in an era and culture where “steppin and fetchin” and “yes ma’am” was the required response of a black man to a white woman. Either that or risk being hassled by the police for being “uppity.”

Shame on Wechter. Shame on the South. Shame on us all.