The New York Times Fashion & Style Section assures us that, thanks to the magic of Barack Obama, it is finally possible for Americans to transcend divisions and have healthy conversations about race… like this one!
On the morning after the election, Kristin Rothballer, 36, who lives in San Francisco, kissed her female partner goodbye on the train while commuting to work. A black woman who sat down next to her turned and said she was sorry that Proposition 8, the amendment to ban gay marriage in the state, looked like it was going to pass.
â€œWe grabbed hands,â€ Ms. Rothballer recalled. â€œAnd I said, â€˜Well, I really want to congratulate you because we have a black president and thatâ€™s amazing.â€™ â€
â€œOur conversation then almost became about the fact that we were having the conversation,â€ she said.
Something moved her to apologize to the black woman for slavery.
â€œFor two strangers riding a train to Oakland to have that conversation about race, it wouldnâ€™t have been possible if Obama hadnâ€™t been elected,â€ she said. â€œI always felt open with my colleagues, but to say to a stranger on the train, â€˜Hey, Iâ€™m sorry about slavery,â€™ that just doesnâ€™t happen.â€
Oprah will be so proud.