J, 42, a patron at a pizza place.
X, 22, an employee.
J: I have a complaint.
X: Okay…What’s your complaint?
J: Someone wrote the N word on the bathroom wall.
X: That’s your complaint?
J: Is that not something to complain about?
X: No…it is…it’s just…there’s a lot of shit on those walls. A lot. It’s just weird that you picked that to complain about.
J: Is racism not something you care about?
X: I do. I do. But I mean…in comparison to the other things on that wall, I just don’t think it’s high up on our priorities. Someone wrote Heil Hitler…now that’s a big deal.
J: Someone wrote the N word!
X: Yeah but you’re taking it out of context.
J: So you’ve seen it?!
X: Yeah, of course. I go pee, too. From what I remember, it says, “Obama is a N word”.
J: How is that better?!
X: Well…it’s more just a statement of fact.
J: THAT IS NOT A FACT.
X: Is Obama black?
X: Is the N word something you call black people?
X: So that statement on the wall is logically sound.
J: But it’s racist!
X: See, I don’t know…I don’t know if you could say that.
J: You can surely say that!
X: Can you?
X: …See I don’t know.
J: WHAT DO YOU NOT KNOW.
X: If I take off everything that’s a fact then that’s a slippery slope, and then that wall loses its merit.
J: It is RACIST. YOU ARE RACIST.
X: Hey woah…woah…let’s not throw that around. How about this: I’ll give you a pen, and I’ll let you call a famous white person a cracker right next to it, would that be better?
J: I don’t know it just isn’t!
X: Well if you don’t know why, then you don’t know what you’re complaining about, then you’re just crazy, and I’m gonna have to ask you to leave.
J: TAKE EVERYTHING DOWN. ALL OF IT.
X: If I do that, then they win.
J: Who wins?!
X: I don’t know…not me…because I would have to take it all down. And there is a lot of shit written on that wall. Why is this such a big deal anyways? You’re a white male. I mean, you won.
J: This is an awful establishment, and you are a terrible, TERRIBLE person.
X: Maybe, but who can really say that?