Updated: Jun 8
When I went to McDonald’s over the weekend, I ordered my food thinking it would be a normal experience. Things were going as expected, but that was short lived. While I was waiting in the drive thru, things suddenly changed when a homeless man walked up to my car. I anticipated that he would ask me for money, and I was ready and willing to give. But before he made his monetary request, he randomly confessed, that he use to rape little kids.
Needless to say, the confession infuriated me. It totally caught me off guard. I didn’t expect the conversation to go left like that. It all happened so fast. He went from venting about family rejection, incarceration, prison beatings, and getting stabbed, to a confession about him raping little black girls in his old apartment complex. The crime itself infuriates me no matter the race. But as an African American, it made me angry even more. After that confession, I had no intentions to give him anything. I wanted him to get away from me. But I was forced to wait in the line. It took everything in me not to express my anger. I was really upset. But I was also afraid at the same time. I did not want a negative response to trigger him. He showed no signs of aggression, and I wanted it to stay that way. So I waited.
I finally got my food and proceeded to leave. I was disturbed, I was hurt. It was so hard to comprehend what I heard. I couldn’t wait to get away from him. In the heat of the moment I was glad to finally drive away. At that moment, I was glad, but later on, I started feeling sad for everyone involved. His victims have to re live that trauma every day, and he has to deal with the consequences of his actions everyday as well. Therefore, there's really no winner in this situation. He didn't seem happy about what he did. He seemed genuine and remorseful. After I disected the situation, I struggled wondering if I handled the situation properly. So help me, help someone else who comes across a similar situation by answering the poll question. Please feel free to share a comment about why you would've done it the way you chose.
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