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thanks for asking, Al

July 15, 2020

My former classmate, fellow VietVet and cherished antagonist Al has brought up some good points recently, especially that I should check my comments more often.  So let me get up to speed.

Chuck Woolery sent that tweet July 13th.  It has fallen out of discussion already because, you know, surging virus cases and such.

I have now thought about the changing media perceptions of Mount Rushmore over the years.  They echoed or at least recorded the changing public perceptions of racism.  It is still “AN AMAZING AMERICAN ACCOMPLISHMENT”, but it has always been two slave-owning presidents carved out of land taken from Native Americans who consider it sacred.

I don’t know why Obama didn’t address the Aunt Jemima problem during his presidency.  Maybe he was too busy rebuilding the economy and passing the ACA.  And dealing with the onslaught of more pressing racist attacks on him and his family.

Attitudes change.  As minorities make gains elsewhere, their political clout increases and they can call bullshit on more and more discriminations.  George Floyd’s death — more specifically, the video of his death — crystallized the anguish of a nation bleeding from its racist past.  It has to be addressed so the nation can heal.

When you’re dodging the virus and worrying about another shutdown, it’s hard to give much time to a box of pancake batter or the Washington Redskins logo.  But we have to do the littler things to get on to the heavies.

I’m going to go walk the dogs again.  It always helps.  They are joyous beings who care about little but what’s within range of their senses.  I’ll check my comments more often, Al.  You keep me honest and I appreciate that.

And I won’t let Tucker Carlson bother me anymore, although I would like to talk to him when he doesn’t have his writers, one of whom just got fired for racist comments, around.  But I’ll always cherish the look on Tucker’s face when Jon Stewart called him “a dick”.

4 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink
    July 16, 2020 11:09 am

  2. Anonymous permalink
    July 16, 2020 11:11 am

    Check out the Crazy Horse memorial, on You Tube. IT

    • July 16, 2020 1:11 pm

      Jude and I did in person. We were speechless.

  3. AL MCCLARAN permalink
    July 21, 2020 5:28 am

    WHERE DO I BEGIN – cherished antagonist -THANK YOU>
    Surging virus cases – a bad man is killed by a bad man. You parade his body through out various states. You have protest through out and make this criminal a martyr. 2 weeks later you have the greatest surge so far – in covid cases – duh! those who got ill – took this virus home – bam – 2 weeks later more surges!! No rocket science here. now 2 weeks later the greatest number of deaths. And they still protest, vandalize, kill, and party. and the news is afraid to compare – !
    Mt Rushmore – yes land stolen, but i now ask – what do you propose to be done?
    I like our president – and have – no matter who it was. (Even the men who tried to get me killed. Free Fire Zones – MY ASS!) They were our president. But they ARE NOT THE ONES IN CHARGE – IT IS THE 535 – .
    How much money did Obama give Iran? But he was still my President. The 535 – let him!
    Some minorities MAY have been given a bad rap. But if you want reform – join the government – OH WAIT – they have.
    If you want change – become a police officer. Become a person who can help. See what it is like. Join the Military. Join the lawmaking bodies. Do the math on criminals in this country. do the math on folks of color taking control of schools, Land, any damn thing! Bleeding from my past! i call bullshit on those poor neglected fools.
    and i will end with Boy George was a complete ASS! A dipshit – killed by a dipshit!
    I still love you my brother. Wish i could walk the dogs with you. I bet you live in a beautiful place. SO DO I –
    AL

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