Snappy Replies

This is too good not to post.

Yesterday, Sunday, we had some church friends over for lunch, including a pretty young woman in her early 30’s from Korea. She has been here for many years, is intelligent, and has a good job as a civil engineer.

I showed her our class photo from our trip to Washington, DC, that I had restored and colorized, the same one at the top of this blog. I explained that the colorization is not as tedious as it looks because I just lay in a flat color, lower the opacity to about 10%,  and the computer picks up the lightness and darkness from the original black-and-white. The faces, for example, are all the same pumpkin orange, but on Gail Bonner, here on the back row, it comes out almost white, but on Jackie Puriefoy, in the front, the same color comes out dark brown.

“But she’s a black person! You had black people in your class?” our Korean guest asked with surprise.

I explained we had a few, not many, but a few.

“But . . . but . . . was she a slave?” she stammered in all honesty.

Way down upon de Swanee Ribber!  Drum roll and rim shot!

So lets have a contest. How would you have answered her?  Only now I can think of some great replies.


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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