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Old 05-04-2013, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by TeenLibChik View Post
My grandfather is 82 and was born in August 1930, he is Irish, Sicilian, Dutch, German, Spanish(Spain), English and Portuguese descent, he had a tough life and grew up with a very strict father who beat him but my grandfather claimed it was tough love and he's happy he didn't grow up like a "pansy", he grew up in The Bronx in the 30s and 40s, he was a tall(6 foot 2 1/2 barefoot which is very tall today and back then was abnormally tall), athletic and very good looking guy(he modeled), he had deep golden brown tans, great facial structure, strong jawline, high cheekbones, full lips, very thick wavy medium brown hair and very bright pale ice blue eyes with his now all white hair that still light up a room and it is the first thing he is complimented on today... He was drafted into the US Army in 1951 and old pictures show him with a short black recruit who he jokingly called "jimmy the cricket", he was never a racist, my father told me he stuck up for blacks and was in fist fights over it as a kid, but my grandfather is a Conservative and devout Catholic, he calls Obama the n-word and still says "colored", he grew up in a different time I know. He said he wouldn't like if a female in his family dated a black male. He has had cancer since 2000 and is now a widower, he got more sick around 2010 but is still around, he is now very thin and a few weeks ago he was in the hospital and was heavily sedated, he woke up bugging out about a man in his room speaking Chinese, he called up one of his daughters telling her to "get the ch*nk out of my room!". He calmed down in a few minutes I guess coming off of the drugs, I know this may be from his past war experiences.

One of his grandsons(he has 10 grandchildren) is bisexual, my grandfather can tell by his very feminine voice and my grandfather sometimes grins and looks at one of his sons when he talks but never says anything.

It really makes me sick.. I am 16 and I am very liberal, I don't like racists, homophobes, etc... What can I do to change him before he dies. One time he did defend a black female nurse against an uppity doctor who scolded her for not watching him, he said to the doctor "no she is doing a good job, its a tough job, my wife was a nurse, i respect them".. He then said "west indians are better looking than most n..gro women, they must have white or something else in them", then to top it off said to my cousin who he knows is g-y or whatever "she has a nice rack eh? what? you don't like that? whats the matter with you?" which really upset me he later apologized.

Its funny because I look back on old pictures of him with his Puerto Rican girlfriend in the early 50s showing my grandfather as a tall muscular newly returned GI sitting outside of a 50s style diner, he looked very happy, he eventually married my now deceased grandmother who was very beautiful and of mostly Italian and English descent(he seemed to like women who could tan like him).
I'm guessing he doesn't have an irrational fear of gay people. Maybe you don't understand him and should work on your tolerance.

Old 05-04-2013, 11:10 PM
Location: Center of the universe
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Originally Posted by Kenneth-Kaunda View Post
Yes, I think that would be ok.
Old 05-04-2013, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by thetroof View Post
He's seeing everything he fought for and sacrificed go up in smoke.
What did he fight and sacrifice for?
Old 05-04-2013, 11:15 PM
Location: NW Arkansas
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Sounds like he had what is called ICU psychosis when he was in the hospital. I had it and was hallucinating and saying a bunch of things completely out of character. I was a huge ass, actually.

Anyway, my grandpa was 82 when I was 16. And he died that year. There is NO way you are changing him, so you need to get over it and accept him and love him while you still have him. He sounds like a pretty decent guy. People from his generation tend to be racist and homophobic. It's how they were raised and they don't see anything wrong with it. There is nothing you or anyone can do about it. So breath.
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