Monday, December 3, 2007
Hypocrisy on the train
On our trip home from Oxford we were on a very crowded train, and the men who sat in our row (returning to London after a football match) asked where we were from. When we told them Arkansas, one of them said, "That's in the South right? Where it's still the 1950s?" There was no possible response to that. What made this statement particularly amazing is that a short time later he was telling his friends how he'd gotten drunk and, for fun, dressed up as a Klan member, even showing them pics on his mobile phone. This was amongst choice tidbits about their views on women and ethnic minorities. Thank goodness Abby is such a focused reader - she had her nose in a book and when we got off the train I made a comment about those rude men and she had no idea what I was talking about.