Sadly believable

It’s quite possible that the “So Sambo beat the bitch” story is false, without the slightest bit of truth to it. But I find it believable because I’ve heard so many things like it.

I’m a middle-aged white guy who lives in a very Republican area of the Chicago suburbs. Because they’re surrounded by like-minded people, and because I look like one of them, the right-wingers who live and work in this area seldom hesitate to let their prejudices fly out of their mouths when I’m around. Just last night I was treated to a “joke,” the punch line of which was that Michelle Obama is a whore. And the guy who told the joke is an otherwise respectable guy living in a half-million dollar home with a nice wife and cute kids. A pillar of the community.

So maybe Sarah Palin didn’t say “So Sambo beat the bitch.” And maybe it’s unfair for me to think she did. But I do.