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Diary – Tuesday 20th January 2015

A good day with a shocking and unpleasant ending for me.

I spent the day delivering real ale magazines to local bars for the real ale society I am in, and enjoyed leisurely pints in two of the bars visited. A third had no real ale on, despite claiming to sell it, so I left no magazines for them at all.

I killed an hour in the library and went on to another bar for the philosophy group talk on the nature of evil, which I introduced. I’ll summarize the lovely meeting in a separate post.

Back home I found my Mum delighted that our cats, brother and sister, were sleeping curled up together, which they haven’t done since they were kittens. They are now fifteen years old.

A quick check on my e-mails before going to bed delivered the shock. A month after I was the bingo caller at a school parent-pupil-teacher Christmas party event, someone wrote to the school PTA accusing me of racism. According to the solitary complainant, I introduced Santa as ‘not having changed colour since last time I looked’.

That no one in an entire audience in a packed hall, reacted to this alleged slur on Santa and the multicultural ethnic population of North Manchester reacted badly to this at the time tells me someone misunderstood my words or intentionally set out to cause conflict – I’m pretty sure I’d have been lynched if I’d said anything like this un-named individual claims I said. It is being looked into and very upsetting to me. I’m only aware of it as someone sympathetic to me in the matter has leaked the story to me so far. Very distressing.

Arthur Chappell

Image Credit » Photo credit - typical 2015 diary, taken by me

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MegL wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:40 AM

So annoying when someone mishears or intentionally misunderstands.

arthurchappell wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:44 AM

especially if they make formal complaints on the basis of it like this - thanks MegL

carolyn wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:48 AM

It is so easy to be misunderstood when we talk. I am always saying the wrong thing without meaning to.

UK_Writer wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:59 AM

There's always somebody that'll twist something into a racist remark. 90% of the time the racism is in their head/eyes and nobody else sees it as such.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:59 AM

When I was a pub landlady we had " Guest" real ales which we changed frequently. So sorry someone made a complaint about you, obviously it will disprove but is hurtful now.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:43 AM

That is so sad, sorry to hear someone did that to you. I am sure it will get straightened out soon.

AliCanary wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:45 AM

Wow, I wonder why someone would make up such a mean thing about you! Do you know what you said that they might haven taken wrongly? On a more pleasant note, it always heartens me to see my two cats even sleeping nearby each other, as do not generally get on very well, so I understand why your mum was pleased.

msiduri wrote on January 21, 2015, 11:30 AM

I can't imagine you being foolish (or racist) enough to make such a remark. How unfortunate that someone misunderstood whatever it was that you said and decided to get righteous about it.

But as far as Santa: When I was small, in the late 60s, my folks took me to a mall Santa who happened to be black. The thing that I most remember about him, though, was his deep voice. It rattled me. When he asked me if I'd been a good girl and listened to my parents, you better believe I was the most well-behaved little girl anyone had ever seen.

Koalemos wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:13 PM

Sadly there are always some people looking for any possible excuse to misconstrue a statement as racist.

arthurchappell wrote on January 21, 2015, 7:00 PM

Lovely story msiduri and yes it is a case of someone getting into self righteous moral indignation after mishearing something - I suspect that rather than outright lies

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 2:48 AM

I trust that this misunderstanding will be cleared up. Some people mis-hear in general to support their paranoia...