I was picking up SweetPea from school when this woman I had never seen before slipped in as I opened the gate and started bombarding me with questions:
-Shoma irooni hasstin? (You Iranian?)
-Bachatoon chand vaghte miyaad injaa? (How long has your son been coming here?)
-Raazi hasstin? (Are you satsified?)
-Moalemma khooban? (Are the teachers good?)
blah blah blah and on and on. Normally I don't mind answering any questions by a prospective new student's mom or dad but then, this woman then concluded, without missing a beat, in the most disgusting and vulgar tone imaginable:
-Siaa Miaa Ziyaad hasst? (Many blacks here?)
I was dumbfounded. What kind of a question was that? What response should I give? Do I even honor this batshit query with any response at all? Number of options presented themselves:
Angry: "Khak bar saret you stupid, ignorant racist!"
Friendly: "This place is way too black for you, may I suggest a school in Antartica?"
Political: "Think more Obama, less Newt."
Historical: Wake up lady, this is 2012 in California not 1912 in Mississipi!"
Lawyerly: "It depends on what your definition of black is."
Threatening: "Black? I'll give you something black... a Black Eye!"
Diplomatic: "Like all educational institutions that reflect our society in a microcosm, this one is very diverse. Yup... Very diverse indeed. And urban. Diverse and urban, yup, that's it."
What would you have said?
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