You back up, you back up, you back up, eventually you’re against a wall

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

Those on the offense are complaining that the other side is trying to defend itself. This is like the abusive husband who hits his wife and then asks “Why’d you make me hit you? I can’t take any more of this!”

The one thing protesters and customers seemed to share was a fervent want to express their beliefs – as well as a frustration with the political moment that sparked the Red Hen incident in the first place.

“What happened to that lady – and I mean lady – should never happen to any human being,” said Butch Barley of Concord, Virginia, who was protesting the restaurant. “You can only take so much, and I’ve gotten to that point. You back up, you back up, you back up, eventually you’re against a wall.”

And although the atmosphere was tense at times, several back-and-forths ended with mutual agreement on at least one subject: People should talk to each other.

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