A Naive Question

When I was a very young, naive recent immigrant, I once asked a group of leftist protesters how they managed to get so much time off work to travel to all the protests they kept talking about. The leftists were all 10-15 years older than me. For some reason, the question made them really angry. They called me a corporate robot and started avoiding me.

7 thoughts on “A Naive Question”

  1. I know someone like this. He has some sort of part-time job that he can do on his computer from anywhere, he’s always bouncing around from place to place (the places are mostly trendy and high-cost of living – NYC, Austin, Portland, etc.), and he’s always talking about all these good deeds he’s done (mentoring homeless youth, protesting this, organizing that). I suspect he’s some sort of prostitute or has rich, indulgent parents.

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  2. I’m an immigrant and my experience with some of the people who put the signs in front of their houses “Immigrants are welcomed here” are the ones that treated me like a lesser human. They think I need their saving not their kindness.

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    1. Exactly. My friend from Africa says this, too. Everybody puts up cute signs, many people went to the protest, but she and her husband have no non-black friends here except for me. None. These are very sociable, charming, sweet people. They’ve lived here for years. But that’s the reality.

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