Um, okay

Middle-aged white woman to older Asian woman sitting next to her:  Were you in the camps?

I want to apologize to you.

I am so embarrassed by what my country did to your people.

2 thoughts on “Um, okay

  1. Wow – so close, yet so far. She lost it first with the violation of privacy (“Please, tell me about a time in your life that was potentially very difficult and traumatic, because I am entitled to know…”), and then with the pronouns (“my” country….”your people”.) Good intentions gone bad….

  2. Yeah, the first thing I thought was Why the hell would you ask that question in the first place?

    The woman answered her very politely, and then I thought about Helen Zia talking about how we have to stop being so fucking polite.

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