You see all kinds of things at Wal-Mart. Just last week I witnessed something disturbing. I was at a Wal-Mart in southern Virginia – the South, not the Deep South – and I noticed a horrible thing. I was with my family and my mother-in-law, and every time the white folks and I passed a black shopper in the aisle, they made a point to steer extremely clear of us. I brushed by one black man between displays and I said, “Excuse –“ but he’d already huffed off.
I complain about Seattle a lot, but one thing I don’t see there is racism. I’m sure there is some racism, especially in the Seattle police department, if you follow the news, but I have never seen the kind of open hostility that I saw in Virginia.