On our way back to the New York City of the Ozarks we stopped at a chain motel in Mississippi – our hotel of choice on the road – only to discover that the usual high standards were not maintained at this particular site. Indeed (to quote the great philosopher Teal’c of Chulak) conditions were so wretched that I decided to post a snarky note on the hotel’s Facebook page – along with other comments left by unhappy customers.
I was brought up short, however, when I read a post written by someone who considered the clerk to be insolent, and “Obviously a member of Black Lives Matter.”
This individual, a self-described “Gold Member” also considered the employees of the Burger King just across the parking lot to be fellow travelers, for they, too, were rude to them.
This one particular post inspired a spirited response from the manager, who previously seemed to just offer the boilerplate, “Thanks for your comments,” comment after complaints.
And no, I’m not going to tell you the name of the motel or the city.
At that point, I decided not to post anything; I figured these folks had enough to contend with, and after all, despite my typical “We’ve been on the road all day and the toilet overflowed and the phone doesn’t work” whining they were all cheerful and as helpful as they could be.
Even their fellow travelers at the Burger King next door.
All helpful and friendly.
But reading the comments from the person who no doubt sees Black Lives Matter provocateurs all around them, I was struck by just how often I see such comments online, or in Letters to the Editor.
Obviously a member of Black Lives Matter.
It is said or written like a curse, an epithet directed at any black person who isn’t one hundred percent cheerful, or doesn’t show the proper amount of respect, who doesn’t drop everything in order to step and fetch it.
Any black person who offends any angry white person.
Well, I wasn’t going to add my gripes to the column, not after reading that racist diatribe. The problem is, of course, that the person who wrote it probably didn’t see anything at all racist in seeing imaginary Black Lives Matter uniforms on those who aren’t immediately attentive to their needs.
You gotta watch those folks from Burger King, though. Who knows what vile plots against decent Americans are being hatched in the booths and behind the griddles.
They still use griddles, right?
Listening to Holly Near today. Always a great way to start the day.
Quote of the Day
The least interesting people were the ones who seemed to start with identifying themselves as “conservatives” and then tackled the issue with those blinders on. I’ve met plenty of uninteresting liberals who do the same thing. – John Moe, Conservatize Me: How I tried to become a Righty with the help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky