During slavery, one way "prominent" families showed off their wealth was to serve hickory nut sandwiches. It takes quite a long time to get enough of the tiny nut fragments in the hard hickory shells to make even one sandwich; to serve hickory nut sandwiches to a large party was to flaunt the wealth you had in slaves to deploy in making them. Even in indecent systems, some individuals are more decent than others. Growing up privileged as white and male in apartheid Alabama, I noticed that some families used another "N" word to refer to their domestic servants, not "Nigras," the polite Suthun term used at our family dinner table. I also noticed that not every family followed our custom of never talking about race issues at the dinner table when the servant was in the room. Some families I visited paid the servants no nevermind and denigrated black people as if the servants weren't there, likely because for them the servants and their feelings did not count, were of no importance. Some participants -- even alternates and kibitzers -- in this discourse community talk about lesbigays in leadership positions in the church as if that's a theoretical question up for a decision, paying no nevermind, to the fact that we already have two out gay bishops in this cyber room, that seven of the 38 elected members of Executive Council are lesbigay, that dozens of deputies are lesbigay, that many of us have lived in committed relationships for decades....... I am not for a moment suggesting censorship. I'm a willing servant here, not a master. I am merely whispering from the servants' quarters to those that have ears to hear that some folks be kinder than others, that some have more class. Please place your orders early for hickory nut sandwiches in Columbus. Lutibelle/Louie L. Louie Crew, L1 Newark. Member of Executive Council 377 S. Harrison St., 12D, East Orange, NJ 07018. 973-395-1068 http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/rel.html Anglican Pages
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