By realitybites · Jul 12, 2015 · ·
  1. Symbols can be powerful—evoking strong emotions to rise to the surface from some deep, out of view space. I have been subjected to three Confederate flags this last week—all were flying from long wooden poles alongside the US flag—attached to the beds of four wheel drive trucks, validating at least one stereotype perfectly. OK. This is Arizona. I am not in the South. The West should not feel any affiliation or loyalty to the Confederacy. What exactly are these fools embracing and expressing by showcasing this powerful symbol?

    The first one I saw last week shocked me. The second had me rolling my eyes and feeling contempt and pity for the owner of the truck. But by the third exposure/assault on my intelligence, morality and humanity, I reacted viscerally. As the owner drove past me I showcased a symbol as well. Can you guess what? Short, sweet, powerful, effective:


    Think the message was received loud and clear: "Ignorant racists fuck the hell off!"?


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  1. Violeta

    Good for you!!

    I live in Columbia, South Carolina, and that tasteless flag finally came down. Last time (2000 ish) they moved it off the dome of the State House, they just childishly placed it on the front lawn, in an even more visible spot, as if to say, "see? we did take it down!" But now, finally, intelligent people have outnumbered the amoebas and it has been taken down once and for all.

    I feel less embarrassed to live here now.
  2. scumbag
    oh jehne, your sociopolitical stances I do adore. why can't we be ever-so-closer geographically?

    as someone who's been raised and braised in Arizona mostly, yet who spent his first seven years in The South, I can say that Arizona is far more backward than nearly anywhere in the former-con-federacy. it's routine for anyone who's not white to get arrested and put in the clink for the weekend just for putting out a cigarette on the ground prior to throwing it in the trash! this actually happened to my friend hugo. sadness. I've also heard police - neo-facist vehicle of the authoritarian agenda - brag about using excessive force against non-whites. it's amazing. but then this is the wild west. anything goes, jehne. we could walk around topless and bottomless praising the police and barack o'bama, but we can't do anything truly free, say anything in a truly free manner. this is the new manifestation of the South, in my humble opinion. civil rights are, if not an afterthought here in error zona, then just a by-gone nevershouldabeen liberal notion picked up from evil socialist frenchies.

    yes, give them the finger, il fico, the two finger salute, do whatever you can. but I suppose we'll just have to wait for most of these people to shoot themselves or their kin in "hold my beer" firearms accidents. one can only hope for the supreme patience necessary. my friend dick - yes, I do have a friend named dick - all 79 years young of him said that's just what we have to do: wait. most of these hicks who espouse Old Southern Values aka Racist and Facist no-intellectism / beliefist godmongering are older folks. their children are either getting educated or they aren't, however their children are coming to see - more and more - that their parents' atavistic values don't hold up when shone upon by the lights of reason and science.

    as for education, as you may know, error zona is perpetually at the bottom of the list nationally. is this any surprise? is it any surprise that uneducated hicks go on hankering for the Good Old Ghoulish Days in their conservative haze? it doesn't surprise me at all, especially when one takes into account the phenomenon of last place avoidance. backwards conservatives will blame anyone - brown people, muslims, gays, no matter how ridiculous the conclusions brought may be - so long as they're "free" to believe whatever unsupportable nonsense keeps them in power and low-quality toupees.

    sorry for hijacking your bloggywog, dear jehne. that had to get out of me sometime. it just happened to be [[[here]]]

    yours in an effective idleness,