So I took the tractor to a place a couple of miles down the road today. Walked back so I can take the truck in the morning to have tools and crowbars, and torches and sawzalls and other implements of destruction should I need ’em….down a fairly rural but well-used two lane road,
I walked back simply because I need the exercise and the 3 and a half mile walk was good for me….. I need to reduce my carefully built up Winter Mode Modular Portable Food Storage….(often confused with plain old belly fat by those not in the know) to a more reasonable seasonal level….I stretched out my stride to 1 meter steps and set a good brisk tempo…I did 2.6 miles in 28 minutes, so a decent pace….Not yet up to ERJ standards, but hey…..
Anyway, walking along the edge of the two-lane about a foot and a half or so off of the pavement, I observed something interesting. I was passed by about a hundred eighty cars. I was walking in the direction of traffic so I could see and (if necessary) avoid the cars coming at me…
With one exception, every car driven by a person identifiable as white (the majority) moved over as much as possible in order to give me some safety room. So did the cars driven by hispanic people. (Say 17 or so after I began paying attention to the race of the drivers)….The cars driven by the black people (5) without exception failed to move over at all. No identifiable asians were observed. (Note that the default, minus positive ID otherwise, was “White” so there may be some error…..But I was able to observe the drivers fairly well so I think that error is low)
Now, maybe they are city born and simply don’t know the difference. Maybe they are unaware of the culturally normal and just plain decent thing to do…Maybe they are just assholes and don’t care (I am betting, honestly, on the last)…Maybe the sample was low enough that the results were skewed….I dunno.
But for some reason, 100% of the (identifiable) black drivers chose not to bother to give any safety room. Nearly 100% of the identifiable white and hispanic drivers DID choose to.
Is this a scientific study? No. Merely casual observation. But it does coincide with many other observations that I and others have made. There seems to be something missing there that caucasian and hispanics are not lacking when it comes to courtesy. I guess that is why the inner cities are such shitholes.