|This was the last straw tonight.|
|Authentic war wear?|
The parade led off with the usual cops with their blue lights blaring, but it was followed immediately by about 15 or 20 new cars and trucks advertising Haley Toyota, a sponsor. I don't like this kind of overt commercialism, especially at the head of the parade saying to all who would listen, "Selling cars is what Christmas is all about. Forget Santa. He's a fatass anyway. Buy a car."
If that wasn't enough, we had smoking, roaring motorcycles by the dozen, most of the cops in the city and finally--as finally as I could take it--a group of "Sons of Confederate Veterans" waving their confederate battle flags in the face of thousands of our African American citizens, many of whom stood with me at the corner of Campbell and Jefferson. I was pissed, so rather than raise hell, I left. And I won't go again.
We are in the midst of, I hope, a racial awakening because of the abuse of our dark-skinned citizens and this display flies in the face of any kind beneficial conversation. It's the good ol' boys flaunting their guns, their horses, their "tradition" and their racism. It is pure bullshit and has no place in a parade about the Prince of Peace's birth.
The parade has deteriorated, I suspect, because the people in charge of it are completely devoid of any kind of sensitivity. Just tell these damn rednecks "no," they can't be in the parade and if they protest, tell them you've banned the KKK and Westside Baptist, too.
|This was in the face of our African-American citizens. Shame.|