Meet my Neighbor.

My neighbor came over least week. Water from my sprinkler system was leaking down his driveway. Was he angry about this intrusion on his property? No, not at all. In fact, he spent an hour helping me track down the leak and then getting the valves turned off. Thank God he did because my water bill from that mystery leak was almost $400. If my neighbor hadn’t helped me, I might have had to take out a bank loan to pay my water bill. (My county, DeKalb, doesn’t give one a corrected bill if you report a repaired leak. They always charge you the maximum.)

I was telling someone about this water leak adventure, and he said, “Isn’t your neighbor black?” I suppose his implication was, “Why would a black man help a white man?” But it honestly it wasn’t until this person pointed it out that I had even thought of my neighbor as black. He’s simply my neighbor and we look out for each other.

In fact I live in one of the most diverse ethic neighborhood you could imagine. We have blacks, whites, Indians, Koreans, Mexicans, and God knows what else. And yet we have one of the quietest, non-threatening collection of “types” you could think of.

When my wife and were looking for a new home some 20 years ago, the real estate agent took us down the street we now live on. We saw this house and immediately liked it and I told the agent to make an offer on it. As we were driving out of the neighborhood the agent  lowered her voice and said, “I’m not supposed to tell you this, but there are black people living on this street.” I suppose she expected me to be shocked. But what I said was, : Wow! Then I wan to know what they do so I can do the same thing. If they can afford these big homes I want in on their secret.” In short, we bought the house and have lived here happily with a black family on one side and Lesbians on the other.

The point of all this is a simple question: Why has “race” become such a hot potato? The answer is plain as  day. Politicians use race to try to try to turn  us against each other – so we won’t notice their  efforts to destroy America. It’s not going to work. Black people make up only about 12% of the population. So if EVERY black person hated white people it still wouldn’t amount to much. Racism is the tool of corrupt politicians and that is all it is. Let them rave on, it means nothing. My neighbor and I will continue to live in harmony.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on and available from . .
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