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elehhhhna

(32,076 posts)
Tue Apr 3, 2018, 05:39 PM Apr 2018

My Dad, son of immigrants, hillbilly music fan, Nixon voter...and Dr Martin Luther King fanboy


Dad was the Dutchest looking guy...skinny, tall, angular, lipless (lol). He was a hillbilly wannabe, father of four, master mechanic, republican, proud union shop steward in the south suburbs of Chicago 50 years ago.

We could only refer to Dr. King as Dr King or Reverend Dr King in my dad's house. "Elehhhhna, this man won the Nobel Peace Prize and his own country doesn't respect him, but we do."

I was shocked to learn that this was not the norm in many white suburban homes at the time.

Anywho, when Dr King was killed (dad seemed to think the government was perhaps involved, maybe?), Daddy was shook. Half his co-worker co-union bros were African American. Said he hadn't seen grown men cry like that before, not even in Korea. He later had to tell off a few white co-workers and neighbors when they shit talked the Reverend, and if I recall correctly he shut a few the hell down by making them think.

He raised us to think of racism as weird and stupid.


Also, 50 years ago Republican didn't = @ssh0le.
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My Dad, son of immigrants, hillbilly music fan, Nixon voter...and Dr Martin Luther King fanboy (Original Post) elehhhhna Apr 2018 OP
Your dad sounds like a great man. ms liberty Apr 2018 #1
Many decent folks populate our nation. Apparently he was one of them. oasis Apr 2018 #2
Your dad was a decent human being malaise Apr 2018 #3
Thanks, friends, for the kind words. Dad died on Easter Sunday 1977 - elehhhhna Apr 2018 #4
What a lovely remembrance, elehhhhna! mcar Apr 2018 #5

ms liberty

(8,397 posts)
1. Your dad sounds like a great man.
Tue Apr 3, 2018, 06:00 PM
Apr 2018

And you're right, Republicans were different then. Today there is a pride in ignorance and intolerance that is both sad and frightening.

malaise

(266,948 posts)
3. Your dad was a decent human being
Tue Apr 3, 2018, 06:26 PM
Apr 2018

and contrary to the bullies who make a lot of noise, many folks think like your dad.

 

elehhhhna

(32,076 posts)
4. Thanks, friends, for the kind words. Dad died on Easter Sunday 1977 -
Tue Apr 3, 2018, 07:38 PM
Apr 2018

so he's been on my mind lately.

I love y'all.

mcar

(42,127 posts)
5. What a lovely remembrance, elehhhhna!
Tue Apr 3, 2018, 07:41 PM
Apr 2018

Your father sounds like a wonderful man and a great dad! And yes, at one time, Republican was not synonymous with asshole. I hope those days come back.

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