So my girl and I decided to go and check out this new sushi spot that just opened up in town. The place turned out to be pretty swank inside, but it was 5:30pm and almost completely empty. There was only one other occupied table, and for whatever reason we got seated pretty closely to them. Everything was going nicely (the Christmas rolls were absolutely to die for) until the conversation at the other table turned to politics. This normally wouldn't be an issue as we're both pretty accustomed to tuning other people's ignorance out and just going about our business, but then this got said: "The niggers are probably going to be running things from here on out." Yeah. Seriously.
I actually still hear quite a bit of racism from time to time, so this sadly wasn't anything new. But unfortunately for racist dude, my girlfriend is 1/4 black (and, like, 1/4 Cherokee, too), and she just doesn't play. I love her to death because she's just the sweetest girl you'll ever meet, but there are some things (and rightfully so) that trigger the She-Hulk in her to come out. And this was one of those instances. I barely even had a chance to process the information before she just lost the plot and gave dude one of the most spectacular verbal lashings I have ever witnessed. Like, it's almost as if she knew the scenario was coming and had everything she wanted to say masterfully mapped-out in advance. I was proud and terrified (and kind of aroused) all at the same time.
The craziest part of the whole thing, though? The three people at that table actually sat there and finished their meal while pretending what had just happened had not just happened. My girlfriend sat there and eye-fucked the hell out of all of them as our things were boxed up and they were getting our check together, and these despicable people just went about their business. It even crossed my mind that when we left, they probably continued sitting there, each taking their own turn making her out to be the bad guy. And that pissed me off almost as much as the use of the n-word.
So, um, yeah. In light of the progressive steps this country took on Tuesday, tonight's meal was a sad reminder that we still have a long way to go.