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I received two census forms in the mail. I filled them out, completely honestly, and mailed them back. And then today in the late afternoon a census taker knocked on my door.
She asked me the short list of expected questions… even though I had replied in the positive that I had filled out not one but two forms and returned them dutifully. She asked nicely and I answered. She was very nice and I was very compliant.
We sat looking at one another across my bench for an exaggerated stretch of maybe 20 seconds. Politely smiling.
She knew and I knew that there were more pressing questions to be approached, asked and answered.
She liked the smell of my White Buffalo Woman mister and bought one for herself. I enjoyed listening to her tell me about her last child in the house, her graduation from our local high school and how she searched for the income to support her in a college she was accepted to outside of New Orleans. She probably should have only been with me for a maximum of twenty minutes.
So she asked me: “Why do you think so many people are hating?” An important question. The real questions… the ones that might be thought important enough to print on those forms… “We have troubles, yes ma’am; but we should be looking for solutions… why do people in Washington, D.C. NOT want to solve our troubles?”
“My children are educated. I am not stupid, but there is so much I don’t understand. I hear very confusing things, read confusing ideas from Mrs. Palin and her Tea Party. I know they are lying. Why does this work… this lying? Do Americans want to be so afraid? Why do so many want to believe lies?
It’s foolish to think our President isn’t an American. Are these people that unwilling to believe in a smart, kind, talented black man?”
“Yes… can you believe it’s true that Texas is going to print school books full of lies about the history of our country?!” “I can. They are going to print school books that tell absolute lies about how the human species evolved. Scopes all over again…”
“And does that governor of Virginia really think slavery wasn’t the backbone economy of the Confederacy and cause of the Civil War? Like that rebel flag ain’t the beard for euogenics professors and the KuKluxKlan?”
We finished that nice chanti and ordered a pizza.