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Man Silently Endures His Bigoted Family For an Inheritance, But a Sudden Death Reveals a Troubling Surprise.

In the caustic realm of a bigoted family, the Original Poster (OP) battles with silent contempt for their prejudice, all while secretly eyeing a hefty inheritance. However, the climax ensues when the family patriarch’s unexpected will-reading upends the expected fortune, throwing OP into a vortex of profound moral dilemmas and unanticipated realities.

The Hidden Hatred

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OP’s grandfather is a belligerent racist and homophobe, and his rants have filled their home for as long as OP can remember. Even worse, the grandfather’s vile sentiments have been adopted by a good number of OP’s family members. Keeping his true feelings hidden, OP secretly despises them for their bigotry.

Silent Disagreement

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OP’s older cousin once stood against the family’s hateful attitudes and was ostracized as a result. This ordeal served as a harsh lesson to OP, who chooses to remain quiet, fearing the same fate. A secondary motive is to avoid losing the substantial inheritance lined up for OP when the grandfather passes away.

Family Gatherings: A Circle of Hate

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The family frequently gathers at the grandfather’s home, a space dominated by the old man’s bigoted rhetoric. OP finds himself nodding and smiling, concealing his true feelings to keep the peace. The grandfather’s declining health is the only solace, and OP has determined to withstand it for a year or two more for the inheritance.

An Uncomfortable Question

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OP contemplates his actions, wondering if he’s an a****** for silently enduring racism and homophobia for the sake of financial gain. The image of his grandfather as a money-filled piñata haunts him. Yet, the question remains unanswered.

The Lost Cousin

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OP considers reaching out to his ostracized cousin but soon discovers the cousin’s complete disappearance from their lives. Cut off entirely, the cousin remains inaccessible, adding a layer of frustration and isolation to OP’s situation. Despite the physical distance, OP understands and respects his cousin’s decision to sever ties.

A Plan for Redemption

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OP has thought of donating a portion of the inheritance to a local non-profit that aids LGBT teens, particularly those rejected by their bigoted families. This plan offers a sense of moral balance and hopes amidst the hatred in his family. Yet, he decides to keep such a donation anonymous to avoid potential family drama.

The Inevitable Death

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OP’s grandfather’s health declines rapidly, and it becomes clear that his demise is imminent. The impending death brings mixed feelings – relief from the hateful atmosphere and apprehension about the inheritance. The end of an era seems near.

OP’s Silent Protest

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While OP remains quiet, he starts to silently distance himself from the family’s toxic beliefs. His passive endorsement of the bigotry gradually diminishes, replaced by an unvoiced rebellion. OP finds a sliver of courage growing within him.

A Challenging Road

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Despite his newfound resolve, OP faces resistance from his family and struggles to balance his commitment to change with his familial obligations. His journey is filled with hurdles and conflicts, causing him to question his decisions frequently.

Unexpected Support

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In a surprising turn of events, OP finds support from a younger family member who shares similar views about their family’s bigotry. This newfound alliance provides OP with the emotional support he was lacking, reinforcing his determination to instigate change. Their shared mission creates a bond between them, offering a glimmer of hope for the future of their family.

The Start of a New Era

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The story closes with OP and his newfound ally standing together, hoping to slowly transform their family’s mindset but waiting for his grandfather’s demise. OP feels it’s the dawn of a new era, and while the road ahead is steep and winding, they’re ready for the challenge.

Was The OP’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “If there is genuinely no way that you would convince them otherwise, then why try?

As some of the others said, take the money and put it to better use than he did!”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote: “SECURE THE BAG BABY! Take that man’s money. As long as you only pretend to have those views in front of them or just pretend to have no opposing views in front of them, it’s all good. Just make sure you treat others with dignity and respect in public spaces.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person states, “My family is like this, too. It’s really hard, and people who don’t have a family like this seldom understand. There is a difference between nodding your head and biting your lip and egging them on, though.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another viewpoint on the story: “He’s an old man, his beliefs aren’t changing, and all you had to do was sit in his house and nod. It’s not like you went out and started a lynch mob to make him happy. You just listened to an old man prattle on without believing anything he said. He’s not forming world policy in there, and you were the only one that could stop it or anything.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a Reddit thread.

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