Hugh Robjohns wrote:outrageous bigotry from people who were astonishingly ignorant.
If find that very often these are inversely proportional.
I'll always remember the first time I encountered that attitude. I was around 14 and waiting for my mother in the family car. Of course I loved staying in the front seat, and it was hot, so the door was open. Another kid, maybe two-three year younger then me, comes by by bike. I knew him, the way that kids that live in the same surroundings but do not go in the same class know each other.
He asks "how fast the car goes"? I say "well, not sure, I think it could do 180, maybe 190" (kmh)
Given that the car was driven by my mother, I hadn't seen it ever
going over say 100. Still, it was an Alfa, and I was already interested in cars and devoured my uncle's car magazine every month, so I had an idea... and at least I knew, vaguely, how speedometers worked.
He looks at me, then he looks at the speedometer, sees the "220" at the bottom, and promptly says: "are you stupid, it says 220, so the top speed is 220", and leaves.
I was speechless. I'd never met (or at least understood) that mix of ignorance and arrogance, based on a kernel of misunderstood truth (there was
, after all, a 220 marking on the dial).
That day I started thinking how to deal with these people. Still not sure I've found an answer :D