I knew I needed to pick up the call. And after the conversation, I was happy that I did. Afterward, this Right-Winger viewed Progressives in a different light. Please watch the entire video. It will make a difference.
Everyone wants to be listened to including this Right-Winger
I got a call from a restricted caller. Usually, I do not take those. I took this one.
“Is this Egberto?” the caller asked with a calm voice.
“Yes,” I responded. “This is Egberto”
“You are a f*cking nigg$r,” the Right-Wing caller said belligerently. “Trump is not dumb, you dumb ass.”
The caller was reacting to a blog post that got quite a bit of traction titled “Congressman: “Donald Trump is a very dumb man. He could not have done this on his own.” EXACTLY!” that I posted earlier this week.
I do not take name-calling, not even racial slurs, personally. Why? (1) It comes with the activist journalism that I do. (2) I have disallowed words to affect me, given that I fully know who I am and am secure in my skin. Vibrating warm air does not affect me. That gives me the ability to engage without any negative emotions. It also means one can always stay in a de-escalating modality.
I wrote my book “It’s Worth It: How to Talk To Your Right-Wing Relatives, Friends, and Neighbors” to promote this type of dialogue. The changes in our country require more than 50%+1. We need most of America to understand that only Progressive policies can bring us the respect, independence, and financial freedom we all want.
My biggest fear was that the caller would hang up. I wanted to engage with this man. Ultimately, the caller and I got to a good place. In fact, he is intent on staying in touch with me. He said he would be calling me regularly. The caller will make a better ambassador to truth in his community than I ever could. Please watch the entire clip.
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