Quiet Bias – Friday Fictioneers

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I live across the street from a synagogue, and there are days when I can’t find anywhere to park—I drive around for 10 whole minutes looking sometimes! It’s ridiculous! I mean, it’s true the synagogue was here first, but sometimes the streets are simply too full. So I write notes, short messages, letting them know to park elsewhere. I put them on cars. And now they are crying ‘hate crime’! Imagine that! I mean, I love Israel just as any true American patriot would! And just last week I bought flowers from a colored boy on the street—he was one of the good ones, such a nice young man. So to say ‘hate crime’ is just ridiculous! I don’t know what those people think, but somehow I’d like to reclaim my street!


 

Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories inspired by a photo that Rochelle Wisoff Fields posts every week.  This week’s photo courtesy of Roger Bultot.

40 thoughts on “Quiet Bias – Friday Fictioneers

  1. When you live in a place whose foundation is Us vs. Them, I really don’t see how this can be avoided. It’s time to follow a new path of thinking that tears down the walls of the cult of duality. If we can do that, we may survive as a species.

  2. Dear Rachel,

    This is one brilliant piece…although hard to ‘like’. You captured the voice of quiet racism so well you made my blood boil. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  3. Powerful message, so well-expressed in unconsciously biased terms. The little Black boy was “one of the good ones” says a great deal. It’s sort of like saying,”Well, I’m not prejudiced. One of my best friends is a ___________”–you can fill in the blank.

  4. This is such an important piece, the writing in this matter-of-fact tone is especially effective.. Quiet racism… and the line that separates it from ‘just prejudiced’… seems universal and we all, even with the best intentions, are in danger to slip into this trap one way or another. Awareness of one’s prejudice, I think, is a first step towards doing better. And getting to actually know what we judge.

  5. Finding a parking place in our crowded cities is a problem. Every building should have their designated parking place. preferably in the basement. If this man is simply angry for not finding a place to park it is understandable. But he gave it away when he talked about buying flower from the coloured boy. Nicely captured many layers of thought process.

  6. I didn’t click “like” because I couldn’t bring myself to “like” it.
    It was a brave piece to write, taking thought and soft touches to depict.
    A difficult presentation well done.
    Randy

    • Yeah, it’s not a very likable piece!! And I was really nervous to submit it… I’m overwhelmed by the comments though, this writing group is filled with insightful and intelligent people.

      Thank you!!

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