This is an interesting read and comes from the town I grew up in the Ozark foothills. I still have friends there that I stay in touch with, even check the local paper every now and then. Their local paper,the Daily Journal was the source of some interesting food for thought I wanted to share. The full Article “Farmington Superintendant says victory for all” can be found here. It really defines what is different between us and the rest of the country. I can’t decide whether to tag this post as a rant or national politics as it can fall into both. Regardless, what they think does affect us and what we do.
Short version of the story is that a kid came to school wearing a shirt with the Confederate flag, the school system said don’t wear it as its a symbol associated with racism etc.,. He came the next day with the flag on a cap and belt buckle, he was sent home. The parents then started homeschooling and sued the school district.
The parents sued and ultimately a MO Supreme court justice ruled that the school was within its rights to remove something potentially divisive or disruptive material, even if not causing an immediate problem. He opined that the confederate flag is a symbol of racism, has been adjudicated in the past and the school was within its rights. The family is planning on appealing in US Supreme court next.
Pretty straight forward stuff. The paper ran a quick poll and almost 2/3 of the people in town have voted saying they disagree with the decision. The running commentary has raised so many flags. In the center of the country there are people accusing teachers of being history revisionists and refer to the Civil War as the “Northern War of Agression”. This stinks of the groups denying the holocaust attempting to deny what the Nazi’s did. The division on whether it is a symbol of racism, slavery or simple pride in heritage is an amazing read.
What bothers me most is that this underscores the divisions within our country. Like it or not they represent the majority that have run the last few elections. They are also the same group that will steer how immigration reform is handled. This same group will continue to be a force to recon with on everything we as a society need to accomplish if we are to continue to grow. This same group simply because they are so large can’t be ignored and need to be worked with.
I’m still processing and pondering it all myself. Like it or not until the free thinkers here realize what they have to work with nothing is going to get done. Pissing this group off will just continue a stalemate at best, trigger backlash legislation at worst. Sitting here in one of the most liberal areas of the country it is sobering and a bit frightening to see how far the divide really is.
I apologize for not having a spiffy graphic to get your attention. I have converted the article to pdf and you can Download file here as I am not certain what their archive time limits may be.
Read, enjoy, be annoyed but think about what’s presented.