My first exposure to racism came on an English railway platform in 1966, when I witnessed an angry old man screaming at a young woman - who may have come from India or Pakistan - “We don’t want your kind here!”
She stood there meekly, head down.
While watching the brilliant Hitchcock film Foreign Correspondent tonight on Turner Classic Movies, this scene came up when the Nazi villains have a man captive, and they are trying to get information out of him.
Personally, I think that grotesquely overweight people wearing American flag-T-shorts is a form of flag desecration, not to mention car lots using gargantuan flags, waving - or not waving, depending upon the wind - to sell cars is flag desecration, but I’m not sure that Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack would be inclined to agree with me.
Actually, I’m not really sure what he does personally consider to be desecration, since he doesn’t actually go into detail in the latest issue of his farcically named “From the Front” emails which goes out to constituents.
The bulletin board outside the office at the grocery store in our neighborhood is probably the sort of thing that should be kept out of the sight of customers - in an employee break-room, perhaps, or even in the office itself.
Now that our business in the Dark Heart of America is concluded - pretty much, at at any rate - and the house is finally on the market, I can tell the heart-warming Tale of the Small-Town Christmas Bullies.
We can talk all day about Freedom of Speech, Internet hacking, enemy action and threats to American lives, but my one thought this evening after seeing a preview for the already yanked Sony film The Interview was:
Yes, we really are a Global Village now, and the North Koreans . . .
In the past few months I have been traveling across the years, and across the miles, and reconnecting with old friends, acquaintances and co-workers - in particular, people with whom I have have serious disagreements with in the past, or fallings out with.
While no doubt those who were trembling at the thought of sending their sons and daughters into public restrooms alone can now sleep the sleep of the just (and the paranoid), and those who also relish the idea of turning away business from those they find yucky can run up and down the streets in victory, it might be a good time to quietly reflect on the fact that, though some might vociferously deny it, in the not-so-recent past, Fayetteville hasn’t been such a healthy place for those who have been gay, or even the children of those who have been gay.
Newly elected Fayetteville alderman John La Tour is certainly getting off on the right foot with the people of Fayetteville - he is serving as a poll watcher with the group Repeal 119, which is on the lookout for Fayetteville voters who aren’t actually Fayetteville voters.
Roaming through an antique mall yesterday, where once again I bought a couple of books it will take me forever to get through - because they will have to wait in line behind other books I have bought -I came upon a sign on a bookcase next to some books which were for sale:
Great for decoration.
Using the logic of Republicans who swept into office this month, I have rewritten my romantic history: all of the women who broke up with me did so because they were madly in love with me, and the fact that they are not with me now is just proof of their undying passion.
"March: Book One," the best-selling collaboration between North Little Rock native Nate Powell, Congressman John Lewis and co-writer Andrew Aydin, was one of 2013's best-received graphic novels, and today the follow-up, "March: Book Two," has been released by Top Shelf.