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Old 10-12-2017, 07:05 PM   #51
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My wife and I have some close friends who are black and every year they invite us to their house for a big Juneteenth celebration. My poor wife, who had no ill intentions, showed up with watermelon a couple of years ago. When our friend answered the door she says " watermelon! nice! did you bring the purple drank with you also?" I laughed my *** off! Off course they were not offended but they had and still have a great time giving my wife hell for bringing watermelon to the party.
99.9% of the time that situation would have played out exactly that way
Unfortunately that .01% left over could ruin your life and it all depends on how liberal the recipient is.
Its a terrible situation when anyone one who really wants to can ruin you.
We live in a time where the accusation or misinterpretation alone is likely to be all it takes
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:42 PM   #52
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So, there is a twist to this now. Several of his black PEERS, from the same class, have come forward saying that he is a good guy and should not have been fired.

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Old 10-12-2017, 07:58 PM   #53
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So, there is a twist to this now. Several of his black PEERS, from the same class, have come forward saying that he is a good guy and should not have been fired.

https://trib.al/TqarsSO

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Thats awesome of those guys to come out in support of him and as witnesses to his character. It probably will not matter for his position with Detroit because those white shirts are not going to want to back track( more than likely ).
Hopefully his fire cert is good through out the state and he can get hired on some place worth working for
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:05 AM   #54
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What the heck is a menudo?
Breakfast of champions and best tequila hangover remedy there is.
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:10 AM   #55
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What an idiot.
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:13 AM   #56
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What an idiot.
Agreed. The chief that fired him is an idiot.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:24 AM   #57
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Agreed. The chief that fired him is an idiot.
Do you think him bringing a watermelon to a firehouse full of black firefighters on his first day of the job (without meeting or knowing any of them prior ) was a good idea in today's world?

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Old 10-13-2017, 09:03 AM   #58
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Why someone have a special claim on certain types of food? What is marketed as soul food today was what us poor white trash kids grew up on on the old home farm.






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Old 10-13-2017, 09:08 AM   #59
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Do you think him bringing a watermelon to a firehouse full of black firefighters on his first day of the job (without meeting or knowing any of them prior ) was a good idea in today's world?

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Yes, but I'm not into being politically correct. It's just a watermelon in my eyes. No harm no foul.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:24 AM   #60
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Lots of interesting comments here... I will refrain from offering my own opinion on this because I still have a few years left.... However, as a career firefighter of 20 years in a very diverse fire department myself, I can tell you that the climate has drastically changed in recent years. This clip below from the TV show Rescue Me is one of the most accurate depictions of what used to be the norm in my own experience.... Obviously, this scene was meant to be humorous, but it is also remarkably accurate as to what used to be commonplace among the old FD (at least in my experience). I can assure you that these days are now long gone.....


https://youtu.be/y5J2O3j9pNY
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:25 AM   #61
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There are literally 1000ís of other foods he could have brought to a firehouse that was 90% black. Why even risk it? Just bring cookies or something.
It's not the point, though. When did a food become racist? It apparently wasn't brought in with any other context to indicate there was racism involved with the gift. It's not like he showed up wearing a white sheet on his head carrying a watermelon, he showed up with fruit instead of donuts. Who doesn't like watermelon?

The fact that he was fired for this on the grounds for which he was fired is racist all by itself it appears.
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