You remember that scene early in Philadelphia, when the lawyers are in the steam room, making jokes about homosexuals, having no idea that Andrew Beckett was, himself a homosexual?
You just recreated that moment.
I’m sure I looked “safe” to you. Even when you asked if the shooter at Va Tech was in the country illegally, I let it slide. Stupid, but harmless. I have no quarrel with you.
I realise that the reports are now that a South Korean national committed the atrocities at Virginia Tech. I know we’re trying to make sense of it all.
I sure don’t look Korean, because I’m not.
Yet, when you disparage a whole nationality, a whole race of people, you are disparaging my children. Now, we have a quarrel.
I let you know how stupid your comment was, and your embarrassment showed me that I hit the mark. Yet, if I were a better man, we would have taken it outside. As it is, I wish I had not been so polite to you; I wish I had a little more Aunt B in me, then I really would have told you how I felt.
And no, the Chinese and the Koreans are not just alike. Many in China look down on Koreans, so they share your bigotry. At least get the nuances right, OK?
I’ve wasted enough time with this. My company is having its own memorial service, with a simulcast of the one in Blacksburg. We work for a good company, no matter what anyone says.
I will pray and mourn, and you will be a forgotten memory.