What I should have said:
“If by ‘Downtown,’ you mean ‘not Downtown,’ I like it just fine. See, I live just south of 40th St., which is 40 blocks north of the center of Indianapolis. To me, ‘Downtown’ is that part of the city with all the tall buildings and businesses and monuments, which doesn’t really describe where I live; in fact, I live a lot closer to Broad Ripple, but I notice you’re not asking me how I like living in Broad Ripple. I think of ‘Downtown’ as the original Mile Square of Indianapolis. I guess you could extend it to 16th St., maybe 25th St., if you really want to push it the northern boundaries.
“If by ‘Downtown,’ you mean ‘closer to the middle of Indianapolis than I’d ever be willing to live,’ I like it just fine. I know things are scary down here, what with all the people who don’t look exactly like you, men living in sin with other men, lack of cul de sacs, etc. Somehow, we manage; in fact, we’ve found that people who don’t look exactly like us are interesting and make our lives richer. At very least, they exhibit kindness and assholishness in the same proportions and to the same degree as any people anywhere, including the people who live in your even-more-not-Downtown neighborhood.
“If by ‘Downtown,’ you mean ‘where black people live’–which is kinda sorta what I think you mean–I also like it just fine, but I think you’re a racist.”
What I said:
“I like it just fine.”