American Racism in the Name of Patriotism?
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All right. Gloves off.
This kind of crap really twists my shorts.
And it wouldn't be so bad if it weren't so prevalent here in the 'educated' and 'enlightened' state of New York.
Racism? Yeah... that's a pretty pathetic stance.
But what I'm talking about is Capital-I-Ignorance from all the Little Who's in Whoville. Poor insipid little trolls with marginal cognitive reasoning and even less social awareness.... given to claim a flagpole... A DAMN FLAGPOLE... as their entitled possession by virtue of their paying taxes the same as any other resident of New York State.
Good Gravy; what's next? The taxpayers are paying for trout to stock New York waterways... do these selfish nimrods claim the FISH in the waters to be 'theirs' by virtue of paying taxes? How about the migratory fowl which eat the grass on New York State properties? Would the grass be 'theirs' having been planted and maintained by taxpayer monies? Should they now be called 'Taxpayer Geese' instead of 'Canada Geese' once landed on the 'property' of taxpayer-supported New York State lands?
These selfish, self-serving and self-absorbed individuals are truly the ones in the most desperate need of a solid education in civics and social responsibility.
The American mentality of 'taxpayer entitlement' gone amok.
Executed under the guise of American Style 'patriotism', no less. These pathetic little drones don't even understand United States flag etiquette and protocol... they take it upon themselves to conjure up 'rules' such as "... asking that the flag be flown lower than the American flag, a position also supported by some veterans groups". ONE HUNDRED signatures?? Mabel, we've got a resounding mandate there, THAT'S for sure.
See my page on SUNY College at Potsdam's decision to fly the Haudenosaunee flag next to the U.S. flag. If the State University of New York has no issue with flying a Haudenosaunee flag next to a U.S. flag, why on earth would some small town in Upstate New York have a problem?
Inspired patriotism? Or flagrant racism? Which is the lesson these pious parents wish to teach their kids in public schools?
And here I thought the purpose of public education was to enlighten the minds of impressionable youth. Silly me. It appears that some of the 'taxpayers' in the LaFayette school system wish to impart some values not normally found in an institution of knowledge and education such as "Indians are less equal because they don't pay taxes" (then why in hell have I've been filling out NYS income tax forms and paying the same tax rates as non-Natives for over thirty years?).
Perhaps values such as "Racism is bad but that doesn't apply to Indians because they only 'take' from hard-working taxpayers like us" is a message they wish to impress on their kids (does that mean I get a rebate for ALL the State sales tax I've paid for OVER FORTY YEARS? Yee-HAW... make an appointment at the closest Mercedes dealer for me.)
Here's the pitch.
If you agree with LaFayette School Superintendent Mark Mondanaro's policy of flying the Haudenosaunee flag next to the U.S. flag IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT U.S. FLAG FLYING ETIQUETTE (which I KNOW you do), email Mr. Mondanaro and let him no you support his decision. His email address is:
And if you disagree with Mr. Mondanaro's decision to fly the Haudenosaunee flag, perhaps you need to cut out some of your busy stuff and just sit and think about your definitions of equality, respect and racism. When the 'Me' starts to taken precedence over the 'We', you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
'Thinking' is not necessarily an onerous activity nor is it an unproductive use of time. Maybe if more Upstate New Yorkers started to actually think for themselves instead of mindlessly parroting out the rhetoric of other minds, there might be more original and innovative discussion of critical issues which are plaguing this beleaguered area of the state.
But given the present national climate of "Don't ask and Don't ask" (you know the drill... "Shut up and say as we say") it's highly unlikely there'll be much enlightenment going on for the next five years... at least.
What? You don't think Bush is going to breeze back into the Oval Office next year?
Even a pure-laine cynic such as myself knows better than that.