Sitting at a coffee shop (where Christmas carols are playing now!) on K Street and am thinking of what I saw last night as I left the worksite towards Metro Center, passed a man in a wheelchair, black, and looking for passerby’s to given him money.
As I passed him, another man, while walked the other way, and as he neared the black man, the black man said in a truculent tone ‘I don’t like you!”. The white man, a total stranger took this personally and engaged the wheelchair-bound black man, berating him saying he had confronted him, the black man responding in kind.
It got very loud and I thought how foolish it was to get into a loud argument on the street with a paraplegic. and what I would have done.
Personally, I would have ignored him as I would an annoying pigeon, or have said, ‘Well, I can’t be liked by everyone’, which is something I go by in my daily interaction which my fellow human beings.