Friday, August 29, 2008

Obamaunty

So I was at this aunty's place for a dinner invitation. We were chatting on many things, and the topic turned to her basement tenants.

"Oh I never rent to black people." She then goes on a tirade against black people. "These people never pay their rent on time, are always on welfare, have no family structure! You rent to a single woman with a kid and soon she has millions of 'boyfriends' visiting her and they are dirty and ..."

It was quite uncomfortable. Some people at the table tried to steer the conversation somewhere else and ultimately they succeeded.

After dinner someone turned on the TV and CNN was talking about Obama.

"Oh, Obama!" The aunty starts again. "I hope he wins. He is telling the truth, and America needs someone like him now. But you know what...these... AMERICANS... they will NEVER vote for a black man, ... they are very racist!"

16 comments:

geekisiddiqui said...

hahaha, thats hilarious. I have this one very old relative (90 something) who is a bit racist towards black people. But her daugther(60 something) has swung the other way is now kinda racist towards white people and is really hoping Obama will win. It makes for quite funny conversations b/c I know what the mother things but she would never say anything negative about her daughter hhaha

jahandost said...

Unfortunately this is not surprising anymore. It also reminds me of the story about the another aunty that you posted some time ago about her daughter and her daughter-in-law. Hmmm, I see a pattern here .....

mezba said...

Geekisiddiqui: lol yes, I too have a few relatives like that. Actually I think the older a person gets the more set in their ways they become and becomes fodder for interesting conversations!

Jahandost: You have a good memory! In fact, I think it might be the same aunty so there!

mystic said...

Obama will soon turn white like Michael Jackson...lol

mezba said...

Mystic: I hope not! Although I agree a certain move to the centre is warranted due to attracting voters (one may even say this is good for democracy and prevents extremists from seizing power - I would point them to Bush), I hope Obama remains true to his principles and what he is preaching.

'liya said...

She probably doesn't even realize how hypocritical her comment was!

I hope Obama wins, I think he's cool and I think America desperately needs someone like him for many reasons :D

Suroor said...

Well, there you go. Aunties are racist and diplomatic :)

Muhamad Lodhi said...

Haha. Dear aunty could do with a consistency class.

Anonymous said...

Aunty certainly taught you irony :)

Safiyyah said...

Salaams!

That is tooo funny, lol!

Ramadhan Mubarak!

mezba said...

Liya: I hope he wins too. McCain would be 4 more years of Bush and that is exacty what America does NOT need.

Suroor: Aunties, we can all agree, :-P are good source of blog material!

M Lodhi: I don't think even she realises it.

Anon:: not to mention bipolar.

Safiyyah: haha, Ramadan Mubarak to you too.

Ahmad said...

Nothing bothers me more in a desi gatherings than the hate for the black skin (yes, even more so than the innate UNpunctuality)

mezba said...

Ahmad: it's changing, now that more born-and-brought-up desis are beginning to dominate in numbers.

Tammy said...

Aunties and Uncles would be much happier if their son or daughter married a non-Muslim rather than black Muslim. It's true but sad.

Tammy said...

Aunties and Uncles would be much happier if their son or daughter married a non-Muslim rather than black Muslim. It's true but sad.

mezba said...

Tammy: It's probably true a comment to some extent.