We’ve been to some of Annalee’s previous parties, and though her parents have always been friendly, a good number of their friends and relatives were another story. Unlike Annalee’s parents, they weren’t the sort to extend their southern hospitality to strangers – especially not a mixed couple like Heather and me.
At the last party, many of them refused even to acknowledge us the entire time. I recognized one young woman as the clerk behind the counter the one time I took Maggie to the local ice cream shop. It was one of the situations where I open the front door of a place, everyone’s smiling and laughing until they take a look at me, standing in the entrance looking, to them, like an uppity foreigner, an illegal alien, or maybe even a terrorist. Whatever it was they saw in Maggie and me, it made them turn completely silent.
And this is as good as it will ever get for families like Heather and Jose. Government redistribution supports a lot of non-white presence in Confederate towns. They are basically Reconstruction Occupationists. When Government is not lavishly distributing money, the people of Front Royal and thousands of other towns will be able to economically “freeze out” anyone they don’t want.