This week we lost a family member in a memory care center in Texas. Her sons were astounded and totally embarrassed watching their mother turn into a raging racist. This was something we discussed after her death, how did this happen, what caused it?
Their mother was 83 and a native Texan. Those of us who lived through the sixties as adults had some soul searching to do and needed our attitudes adjusted. Apparently that before 60s language remains buried in our brains regardless of how many years it's been since we used it. I find that scary.
In the care center she was belligerent to her black caregivers. When she was in the hospital she as sweet and kind to her white caregivers.
This leads me off to another related subject. No doubt the young black women caring for her in the memory care center made little more than minimum wage. Probably they had no more than a high school education. For that we expect them to be kind to this woman using racist language while they wipe her butt?
At the hospital the young white men and women had some kind of professional training and no doubt made higher wages than the caregivers in the memory care center. Also they were not subjected to racist language while they went about their work.
I'm still thinking about this matter. Do you have any thoughts to add?