The "let-me-use-your-phone" rant
I board the northbound Red Line at Grand after a long work day. As I enter the car I hear someone ranting at the other end.
A 40-ish black man is asking a white woman for a quarter to make a phone call, or to allow him to use her cell phone. She declines both requests.
Then he really gets going.
"All black people aren't criminals you know. All black people aren't n-----s. But there are some. That woman there just fucked up the rest of my day.
"I've been a fuck-up since I was a child of 12. I'm not saying I'm educated. But she's stereotyping me. She is so afraid of black people she wouldn't let me use her phone. I don't hate white people, because I wouldn't get into heaven with hatred...."
And a little later (the rant continued for my entire 35-minute commute): "I spent 18 years in jail, and I used to try to blame my bad bloodlines on white people, but not anymore. ... Really, I'm begging you just to use your phone." (This last request was made of no one in particular.)
And on and on.
Tomorrow -- another white woman responds to his request to use her phone.