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Adults These Days…

by Staff

Tags: Racism, Sexism, Anti-Semitism, Older, Generation, ,

Old people tend to get a pass when it comes to hate speech. “They’re from a different generation,” people say when dismissing racist or sexist remarks. Writing on her blog, Writeous Sister Speaks, Aaminah Hernández calls that dismissal into question, saying that older generations should know better. After being verbally abused by an older man in a supermarket for wearing a niqab, Hernández writes:

Now, my son is pretty compassionate and says to me “he was really old mom, and sometimes they just aren’t right in the head.” And he’s right of course. That may very well be the case. But it’s certainly not always the case, and it doesn’t make it less disturbing.

(Thanks, Racialicious.)

Bennett Gordon