In 1979, famed advice columnist Abigail “Dear Abby” van Buren received a letter from someone whose name was published as “Up in Arms.” In the letter, “Up in Arms” expressed his or her concerns about an “odd” male couple who had recently moved into the neighborhood and their equally sordid guests, which included “blacks,” “Indians” and “men who look like women.”
According to the writer, these “weirdos” were fouling up the neighborhood’s property values. The writer then asked Abby what could be done to improve the neighborhood’s quality of life.
Abby’s response? Move.
Well played, Abby. Well played.
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