Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Down Highland Avenue on the way to work this morning, I heard the funniest thing. In front of me were four girls - two black, two white - on their way to school. They were joking around and laughing quite a bit. When I got closer, I heard one of the white girls stating mock emphatically that "Stoplights - invented by a black man." Laughter. Next came "Air conditioning? You like it in the summer? Invented by a black man!" This was followed by more laughter and a 'girl, you're gonna get it!' Did my heart good to hear them joking about this. Did my heart even better to know that they aren't as dumb as adults would like to think sometimes. That they could see humor in the revisionist 'history' that was probably forced down their throats all last month.

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