R-E-S-P-E-C-T

6 Sep

Recently I stopped at my local gas station for the usual fill up. There was a fellow patron (a 30-ish something black male) blasting this song from his truck.

I ignored it and kept pumping my gas. Minding my own business is a specialty of mine. But another customer decided not to follow suit. She walked over to the man and confronted him regarding the lyrics of the song.

Here’s the hook:

My bitch bad, looking like a bag of money

That bitch bad looking like a bag of money

I go and get it and I let her count it for me

I fuck her good and she always ride it for me

I couldn’t quite make out the entire exchange between the two (that’s me minding my business right?) 🙂

But I did hear the man say, “Well if you want me to turn it down then just ask.” And turn down the music he did. He also mentioned that these types of lyrics are heard everywhere. True enough.

After their encounter the woman comes to me and laments her disgust at the guy’s behavior considering there were two black women visibly present (she and I) and the woman also had her 18-year old grand-daughter in the car.

I thanked the woman and she left in such a hurry that she forgot to disconnect the gas hose from her car. As she sped off, the hose actually hit my car.

The young man she reprimanded shot me a WTF glare.

So she comes back and without apology picks up the hose and reconnects it to the gas pump, muttering on about how she was so distracted by the confrontation with the young man.

This was my encounter with Iyanla Vanzant.

So Ms. Vanzant if you’re out there reading this, thanks again for standing up for black women everywhere but you could have apologized and checked for any damages done to my car. Rest easy there were none. Just as you felt you should have been respected by the dude blasting those explicit lyrics, I felt you should have respected me and my vehicle.

Funny thing about respect, it’s a two-way street.

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