sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

June 24, 2015

Dear Good Ole Boys, Please Fly The Rebel Flag

Filed under: California, Confederate — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:05 am

The object commonly referred to as the Confederate flag means many different things to many different people, but we can safely say that it didn’t inspire the deranged, evil weirdo who shot nine people dead at a black church.  Personally, I would never wave the Confederate flag because a) it’s not my heritage and b) it’s connected to slavery.  That its symbolism is larger than that connection is something that politicians, Obamka included, appeared to have known until a few days ago — otherwise why would they use it in their campaigns?

Now we have the misguided South Carolina Republican governor and the two US senators demanding the removal of the flag from the SC capitol grounds. Misguided because, as Rush said this morning, if South Carolina cleanses itself of its Confederate symbols, the left will not stop there but, emboldened by the victory, they will demand more and more concessions.

We already have retailers, sensing cultural change, banning the sale of rebel flags; lets try to imagine what lies ahead.  Rejecting the Dixie flag is tantamount to concession that everything and everyone that ever came into association with it is racist, including, of course, the Tea Party.  Prepare for your third grader to learn the “fact” that Capitalism is racist.

In her remarks about the flag SC governor and [former?] Tea Party darling Nikki Haley stated:

“This flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state,” she said.

Future Nikki?  Unless you hold on to your traditions, California will be your future.  The Confederate flag is not the only offensive banner around here — earlier this year UC Irvine banned Old Glory because it “could be interpreted as hate speech”.

Earlier this week the University of California banned what was left of the free exchange of ideas on the grounds of “microaggression”:

“America is the land of opportunity,” “There is only one race, the human race” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are among a long list of alleged microaggressions faculty leaders of the University of California system have been instructed not to say.

These so-called microaggressions – considered examples of subconscious racism – were presented at faculty leader training sessions held throughout the 2014-15 school year at nine of the 10 UC campuses. The sessions, an initiative of UC President Janet Napolitano, aim to teach how to avoid offending students and peers, as well as how to hire a more diverse faculty.

At the gatherings, deans and department chairs across the UC system have been instructed to be careful using (read: instructed not to use) phrases such as “America is the land of opportunity” or even use forms that provide only “male” and “female” check boxes, among a long litany of supposed microaggressions listed in a document underlying the “Faculty Leadership Seminars.”

The document has drawn little scrutiny until now, when a professor in the UC system pointed it out to The College Fix. The professor chose not to attend the seminars, but myriad materials on the UC Office of the President (UCOP) website give indication as to what sort of lessons were taught there.

Other sayings deemed unacceptable include:

● “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.”

● “Where are you from or where were you born?”

● “Affirmative action is racist.”

● “When I look at you, I don’t see color.”

These phrases in particular are targeted because they promote the “myth of meritocracy” or represent “statements which assert that race or gender does not play a role in life successes.” Others are said to be color blind, apparently a bad thing that indicates “that a white person does not want to or need to acknowledge race,” according to the handout, “Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send.”

Read and weep.

What else?  The drought, which is perfectly normal in our climate.  Because our infrastructure is of Republican vintage, created a half a century ago for a much less populous state, we lose most of the water from the Sierras.  (Leslie Eastman had been covering Cali drought over at Legal Insurrection). Developing infrastructure for 21st century would require getting off our high horse and doing something productive.  We are more interested in compelling fellow Californians to behave in a politically correct manner, like drink processed toilet water (now, that’s power!)

A helicopter hovers over my parents’ Sacramento area neighborhood keeping a watchful eye, making sure, God forbid, they dare water their lawn.  In our East Bay Area no such expenditure of effort on the part of government is necessary: I fully expect my neighbors to turn me in.  California Uber Alles is upon us.

Dear Southerners, we will be all seeking asylum in your lands twenty years from now when California officially becomes Aztlan.  Some of you might be thinking racist thoughts, but we think racist thoughts too, white people even.  You, on the other hand, don’t live in a police state.  So please, for our sake, don’t give up an inch, hold on to your guns, flags and religion.  You have my full support.

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