The unraveling occurred overnight. Literally, overnight: we were in my parents' basement (again, I was in a rough spot) watching TV when a commercial featuring an interracial family came on.
“That’s fucking disgusting,” she said.
“Um, what?” I asked, hoping she was referring to Allstate insurance.
“Look at that family!” I gulped the lump in my throat and remained silent. And then, the coup de grâce that sealed her fate as the worst person I’ve ever met.
The president came on screen.
“What a stupid fucking n***er.”
There was that word again, that poisonous, horrid word, coming out of this girl's throat. I wish I could say I that I turned off the TV, told her to leave, and told her to never contact me again. I wish I called her out and then immediately cut off all communication. I wish I could say any of that. But I didn't.