Racism is a sad reality that persists to this day, if that's a fact that you really need told to you. Those affected by it have many ways of dealing with it and fighting back. Like a guy from Berlin who makes t-shirts out of all the racist comments he's heard ever since he started living there (where do you really come from?) So yeah, some people deal with it by making t-shirts. This next story is a particularly lighthearted tale of someone that didn't take racism laying down.
This tale comes to us from Imgur user SharkswithFrigginLazerBeams. It takes place in an older gated community. As he describes it, this neighborhood, "doesn’t get much exposure to non-whites." Sharks, as we like to call the Imgur user, has a friend who lives in this neighborhood. In fact, they've lived in this seemingly idyllic community for over 11 years.
11 years, as you might have thought to yourself, is a perfectly long time to be living somewhere. If you've lived in the same place for ten years, chances are you're going to know the majority of the people living in the community. But, not everyone in this neighborhood knew each other, and not everyone knew Sharks's friend. And this is where the issue arose.
While walking his dog in the neighborhood, the man in question is constantly stopped. He's asked questions like, "Sir, can I help you?", "Do you live here?" or "Do you realize you're trespassing?"
The reason for this is because of the color of his skin. His mom is a mix of Portuguese and Japanese, while his father is a mix of Swedish and German. Which is a pretty sweet combo of people. According to SharkswithFrigginLazerBeams, "He kind of looks like an enormous Mexican if you don’t think about it."
So because some "enormous Mexican" is walking around, he's had security called on him several times. Each time they accuse him of stealing mail. He then has to point out that it's his own mail, because, you know...he's lived here for 11 years.
It turns out security wasn't checking on him because they themselves were suspicious. Someone was repeatedly calling them on him. It was one lady who didn't understand what a man with his skin color would be doing in her gated community.
He made her this cake and left it on her doorstop. This was his attempt at a passive-aggressive peace offering. Surely it would work, because who wouldn't love a hilariously offensive cake? And even if he was Mexican, there would be no reason to call security.
Turns out, she wouldn't love it. She didn't take too kindly to this gesture. Who would have thought? She retaliated, even with the looming threat of potential legal action. Even though he said he had lawyers.
The man then thought that if civility wasn't on her table, he'd just have to bake her something else to put on it. Once again, he made a delightful confection. Only this time, he decided to tap into his newly found externally-imposed Mexican heritage.
Not too bad, eh? He left this in her mailbox. Hopefully she'll get the hint, otherwise she may wind up getting diabetes from all these truth-y treats. Is the reason she's being so awful really because he's baking her delicious, offensive treats?
Don't be racist or homophobic, and get to know your neighbors. Happy to see something positive come out of this story. This man got to get some practice baking and can likely now create a cake of all cakes.
Even if the messages on them have to be a little cringeworthy.
Yeah, in the U.S., people like to find reasons to protest things, many times for very good reasons. But many are like this terrible neighbor, who take it upon themselves to protest things that truly deserve no protest.
Well, there are people out there who were upset with something that you see literally every single day of your life. But this time they actually had a good reason.
Right, so the neighbor was was definitely not like State Farm was certainly racist. But what if we told you that people were mad at these trees because they're racist? How can a tree be racist, you ask?
Those trees are located in Palm Springs. In the 1960's, Palm Springs was in the height of the Civil Rights movement. Many immigrants and minorities had moved to the land, specifically a stretch of desert called section 14 which is located near downtown Palm Springs, because it was cheap at the time and jobs were being offered in the area.
But by that time, Palm Springs was becoming a haven for movie stars and, with that, white people. Soon, minorities were being pushed out of their homes because of raising rent and the fact that their houses weren't up to code. SOme of their houses were burned.
So...what's that got to do with the trees in question? This is Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, a course that "offers a full range of amenities which include: 50 stall grass driving range, chipping green, two large putting greens, PGA/LPGA golf instruction, and can accommodate your tournament, corporate function, banquet or friendly group outing needs." It's also where these racist trees are located.
This row of tall Tamarisk trees is not from the maze in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, even though it definitely looks like it could be. These trees were planted in the mid-1960s when the golf course was being constructed. The luxury resort bordered Crossley Tract, a neighborhood founded in 1956 by Palm Springs' first African American resident to be an area where African Americans who worked in Palm Springs could live, since they were banned from living in the city.
So these trees were planted to not let the fancy resort goers in on the fact that there was a minority neighborhood just across the course. The trees are a physical barrier between the neighborhood and the resort, as well as blocking the resident's view of course and the mountains. But now the trees are being removed.
Here, a resident cleans the needles from the trees out of his backyard. In December 2017, funds were being allocated to start the removal of the trees. It's estimated the trees will be down in about three months, and will cost about $169,000 for removal. There are also plans to put up netting to prevent golf balls from flying into residents' backyards.
Are things like terrible neighbors and racist trees ridiculous? Yes, yes they are. Do you have the shrug emoji on lock for particular instances like this? Well, you should, if you don't. Luckily, those trees are going away, and that neighbor was taught a lesson. Progress sometimes happens in small steps.