Republican Lives Matter

Bigotry is in full force at Penzeys Spices.

I was skimming through my inbox, minding my own business, when I read this in an e-mail from Bill Penzey, owner of Penzey’s spices:

“The open embrace of racism by the Republican Party in this election is now unleashing a wave of ugliness unseen in this country for decades.”

A wave of ugliness? You mean like this e-mail? You mean like a vendor insulting a customer in her own home?

He’s right, that kind of ugliness has been heretofore unseen in my inbox.

But I’m a Christian, I can turn the other cheek, cut him a little slack.

Some customers, however, must have complained because today I received another e-mail, an update from Bill:

“You may have read Tuesday Night’s email. In it I said:  “The open embrace of racism by the Republican Party in this election is now unleashing a wave of ugliness unseen in this country for decades. The American people are taking notice. Let’s commit to giving the people a better choice. Our kindness really is our strength.”
Since I ask you to read my emails, I feel it’s only right that I read each of your replies. In sifting through those replies it was clear that, though not intended, a good number of people seemed to sincerely believe that in my statement I was calling all Republicans racists. In the emails of those Republicans who voted for someone other than the party’s nominee, I sensed genuine pain at having the strength of character to not go along with what was happening, but nonetheless be grouped in with those who were. I apologize for writing something that caused you pain; that is not the person I want to be. You are your party’s future, and you deserve my admiration and respect, and your country’s as well.

For the rest of you, you just voted for an openly racist candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. In your defense, most of you did so without thinking of the consequences of your candidate’s racism, because for most of you the heartbreaking destruction racism causes has never been anything you or your loved ones have had to experience. But the thing is elections have their consequences. This is no longer sixty years ago. Whether any of us like it or not, for the next four years the 80% of this country who did not just vote for an openly racist candidate are going to treat you like you are the kind of person who would vote for an openly racist candidate.

Hold up, Bill, I have to interrupt for a sec.

First, this customer disagrees that our President-elect is racist. It surprises me that a businessman would offend half his customers based on hearsay. Isn’t that bad for business?

Second, “80% of this country who did not just vote for an openly racist candidate”?

You might want to brush up on your math skills and your understanding of the electoral process. It is impossible to win a presidency with 20% of the vote. And, if I may, there are not enough registered Republican voters to elect a Republican president without the help of a good number of Dems. So you might need to shame your Dem customers, too.

And third, really? Are you really going to demonstrate your great love by shaming your customers? By treating us badly? By being intolerant of us? Isn’t that bigotry?


intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself: the difficulties of combating prejudice and bigotry

But back to your e-mail:

“You can get angry at everyone else for treating you like you just did the thing you just did, or you can take responsibility for your actions and begin to make amends. If you are lucky and younger family members are still coming over for Thanksgiving, before it’s too late, take a moment and honestly think about how your actions must look through their eyes. Simply saying “I never thought he’d win” might be enough. But if you have the means, leaving a receipt from a sizable donation to the ACLU or the SPLC accidentally laying around where you carve the turkey, might go over even better.
Or, just do what you do best and volunteer… More often than not, those we meet cooking and serving food to feed those in need are Republicans. You really are a good bunch, but you just committed the biggest act of racism in American history since Wallace stood in the schoolhouse doorway 53 years ago. Make this right. Take ownership for what you have done and begin the pathway forward.”

I feel your hate.

And this former customer respectfully requests that you leave your heaping helping of hate off my Thanksgiving table.

#percolate  #uglyisbrewingatpenzeys #feltalittlelikeabrickthroughmywindow



12 thoughts on “Republican Lives Matter

      • Mrs. Boots says:

        Just incredible. Painting half of the population as racist. Obviously, a good number of those who voted for Obama in the past have now voted for Trump. So those swing voters who voted in a black president twice in succession are now suddenly racist?

        I guess it is easier to ascribe such motives to them rather than admit that they may have many legitimate reasons for their vote. If they call them all racist, they don’t have to listen to what they have to say, and they get to keep their moral high ground in the midst of their refusal to listen.

        This is a great division for sure — and I don’t see how the country can be united when so many are so quick to dismiss and label the other half as racist. Sounds like bigotry to me.

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  1. *shaking my head*

    What rubbish.

    80%, huh. Good grief. I thought 2000 was bad, but 2016 is just pathetic. Why is it that when a democratic candidate loses, the president-elect is suddenly “illegally placed?” Honestly. It’s time to stop the nonsense.

    You know, it’s funny that they keep talking about racism. I actually haven’t seen that in Trump. The man has many flaws (as do we all), but I can’t say that racism sticks as one of them. Our current POTUS has expressed his own brand of racism throughout the past 8 years and put his own racist people in place (How many ways can you say ‘Van Jones?’)

    Just as Bush created a vacuum that allowed Obama to enter power, so Obama created a vacuum that allowed a political outsider to gain such crushing momentum. Trump’s election is a referendum on failed policies and political elitism. The American people may be sharply divided on many things, but Bernie and Trump supporters had one thing in common: they wanted to make a statement against the shenanigans of the “ruling political class.” I’m not sure if Trump will be a “good” president, but I am confident he will respect our military and law enforcement. Based on the actions of the Clintons, I can safely conclude that they do not.

    I wish we as a country could start bridging the divides and start discussing issues with respect instead of resorting to ad hominem attacks and prideful ignorance. We need to strive to be peacemakers, no matter who we voted for. We need to continue to be kind, even to our enemies.

    Ok, ok. Rant over. 😉

    I appreciate your post, Julie, and I wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful thanksgiving.

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  2. Mrs. Boots says:

    And P.S. Comparing this to Wallace in the schoolhouse door is ridiculous. Wallace was blocking American citizens from education and integration. Trump is not blocking American citizens from America! This is about citizenship, not racism. There are immigration laws to any country. If you want to immigrate, follow them. Removing illegals who are also criminals is just common sense, and it is insulting to the Civil Rights movement to compare this.

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  3. Barak Obama was openly, arrogantly racist over and over again, yet no one seems to find that troubling. He had a lot of other hangups, too. People he didn’t like, although he’d never met them. All Christians, for instance, are intolerant of all Muslims, if you can believe his rhetoric. And he still has NEVER said the words “radical Islam.” Sounds to me like the kettle calling the pot black.

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