On the morning after the election, Kristin Rothballer, 36, who lives in San Francisco, kissed her female partner goodbye on the train while commuting to work. A black woman who sat down next to her turned and said she was sorry that Proposition 8, the amendment to ban gay marriage in the state, looked like it was going to pass.
“We grabbed hands,” Ms. Rothballer recalled. “And I said, ‘Well, I really want to congratulate you because we have a black president and that’s amazing.’ ”
“Our conversation then almost became about the fact that we were having the conversation,” she said.
Something moved her to apologize to the black woman for slavery.
“For two strangers riding a train to Oakland to have that conversation about race, it wouldn’t have been possible if Obama hadn’t been elected,” she said. “I always felt open with my colleagues, but to say to a stranger on the train, ‘Hey, I’m sorry about slavery,’ that just doesn’t happen.”
I... don't get it. I can't think of anything more awkward than walking up to a gay person and saying, "Hey, sorry about Prop. 8." Unless it's walking up to a black person and saying, "Hey, congratulations on Barack's election." Mind you, that's how the whole article ends... no commentary or guidance about whether I should start apologizing to black people I see on the sidewalk for slavery. Is that what they're doing in San Fransisco now? Weird.