Today a woman called me the N-WORD simply bc i had to put my car in the bike lane in order to reverse into the parking space. She said i wasn't respecting bicyclists bc I'm a "Nigger"...
If any of you live in Chicago or have visited here, you know that the lanes for bikers to ride is directly next to the parking lane. Im so hurt and disappointed in the world. She saw that I had my daughter who is 7 years old with me, and yet she still chose to use those words. It made me so upset. It's been 5 hours n I'm still annoyed... ugh... just had to get it off my chest.
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I didn't say it out of anger but out of curiosity. I was in 5th grade (it was the late 70s) and I grew up in Chicagoland, too, in the north shore suburbs. As I'm sure you know, it was and still is very affluent and very white. A black family moved in a few blocks from where I lived, which was unusual. Their daughter was a couple years younger than me. I called her that name simply to see what would happen; I had heard it was a bad thing to say. (I had no previous experience with black people and my parents didn't use language like that.) She cried bitterly and I've deeply regretted it ever since. If I could apologize to her, I would. I'm sorry you're still running into that today.0
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