I've been here - it's in Amritsar, northern India. People will queue for the entire day to enter the temple and pray. So no, to religious Indians at least, it's not just any shiny gold building.
If I was going to be offended by something like this, I'd need someone trying to offend me. We all do something stupid sometimes, we all say something stupid sometimes.
I'd sure like a world where we could just have .... no dent no foul....
Maybe these Indians should pray for a sense of humor. I'm tired of reverse racism... we evil, nasty, white American people who think everyone is inferior.
It's bullshit. We don't care enough to be racist. At least I don't. I have other things to do beside oppress someone.
If I'm going to look at bigotry, it's Indians expecting me to be bigoted, therefore being bigots themselves.
I'm tired of shaking hands with people and having them inspect me for any possible slight I might inadvertently make. This passive aggressive crap really pisses me off.
Frankly, I'm pretty color blind. I'm decent to everyone. If I put my foot in it, I'm sorry, but it doesn't need a federal case.
Has being thin skinned become a virtue? Aw... poor victim... someone put your church on TV as an example of wealth. Maybe if you didn't have a gold plated church, you might not be interesting clip art.
I actually had an Iraqi neighbor that got all pissed because I offered him a hot dog. No... it wasn't pork. It was a kosher beef hot dog. That seemed even worse. As far as I know, Islam doesn't mind a kosher hot dog, except maybe that it's kosher, which is the same damn way Islam says to handle food.
Despite liberals... really... no one is out to offend or hurt anybody. I don't have time. And I'm tired of having my motives questioned.
A silly friend of mine asked about a bindi on a guy that's working at the service station. That seemed to be an offense too. No harm was intended, just curiosity. I explained it.
I enjoy the hell out of the diversity of my little town. The food. People with a different way of looking at things. This is spice of life. But damn. If were were trying to offend you, we'd do a better job.
My shoes go on one at a time like anyone else. It's not like you wouldn't find Christians figuring out how to find offense at any inadvertent slight either. Or liberals.. or atheists.
I think most people are cool. Near East people have this martial thing going that I do deal with, but it sure as hell isn't easy. Infidel that I am.
I'm probably more educated on the customs of people and their religions than most Americans. But none of it......... was supposed to make you mean... You weren't supposed to look for slight. Overwhelmingly no one intended it.
If I step on your foot, that's oops. If I stomped on your foot, you'd know it.
Occasionally, I've had to deal with some Gandhi-esque Indians wearing home spun. I mean wow... these folks are ripe. Is a bath against the 10 commandments or something?
If my eyes water, am I being a bigot? They probably think... what a smelly bastard I am for wearing old spice. But cmon' nobody means any harm.
Most people are decent. Look for that, not a slight.
I had a black guy tell me once. "I'd hate to be a black guy getting pulled over by these white bread cops you got here".
I assured him that they were equal opportunity assholes, and the since neither of us was blue............
I read "The New Jim Crow"
What a ding dong. You could frame the "war on the poor" as that instead of getting out the color chart.
Man. I got the same trouble as anyone else. My shoes go on one at a time like anyone else. I'm sick of people telling me life is so much more miserable because they have a permanent sun tan. Tell me a story. I'll tell you mine. It's the same story.
My ancestors were slaved, murdered, tortured and starved too. Because I am a little light on the paint chart, I must have led a charmed life.
Reading Michelle Obama's thesis about how she felt out of place at Princeton. Oh brother. Any normal person would feel out of place at Princeton. It wasn't because you were black honey.
"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon". If Obama had a son that got suspended from school for drugs, he'd be grounded
until he was 40. Suspended from school? I wouldn't have been watching football, or going out to get some Sweet-tarts. I probably would have been trying to sit down comfortably after my dad striped my ass with a belt.
Get a clue. When your kids get suspended, they need supervision. Schools don't do that lightly.
I was always taught and taught.... the teacher is always right, even if they're not. I'm the parent. I'll yell at the dumb bunny.
I just go through my life trying to be a very friendly man who would give anyone in trouble the shirt off my back. People know this if they get to know me. The Lord gave me 10 commandments and my dad only gave me 3.
Don't be mean.