I listened, I laughed and then I had a conversation about hate. I ignore most anonymous voicemails because in those cases cowards are the ones who hide behind the cloak of anonymity.
And a voicemail left at 2:40 a.m. without a name or callback number qualifies as anonymous.
And this caller did not disappoint in spewing hate-filled ignorance.
The only reason I listened was because she had called about a column I had written about the Presidential election.
I did not listen to all of that voicemail, either.
And I probably should not have listened fully to this racist rant.
Yet, she (I am pretty sure it was a woman) gave me a belly laugh when she said “IF the KKK were alive and well, you’d be part of the reason.”
Oh, and she did go on to say how Donald Trump was going to do great things for the country.
My strategy for handling people like her follows this bible verse: Proverbs chapter 26, verse 4. “Answer not a fool according to his folly lest you be like him.”
Or in this case, her. And this is just one example of responses I receive.
No doubt bigots do exist. And that’s a reason why I write about racial and social inequities.
Agitate, agitate, agitate.