Pondering LA’s place in the grand scheme of things.

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.

11 thoughts on “Pondering LA’s place in the grand scheme of things.”

  1. Go back to the opening paragraph. What happens there affects us, court rulings get wide application and no matter what sort of legislation or reform we want at a national level we have to work with them or we are stalemated.

  2. haha got it. there’s already a crew of hardcore kids of of the liberal NE (boston) that are linked by some to a murder committed over a lynrd skynrd shirt with the “bars and stars” worn at a hardcore show. kid got beaten to death. trial is pending-

  3. “Regardless, what they think does affect us and what we do.” Sorry, that’s a stretch and not why I read metroblogging L.A.. That’s L.A. as in LOS ANGELES. Not diggin’ the SGV representation right now.

  4. WTF does this have to do with LA? And don’t give me no butterfly-flaps-in-a-red-state-and-an-earthquake-happens-in-riverside bs. Save this sort of crap for Metroblogging-OZARKS ya hick.

  5. Some of you are missing the point, its beyond the t-shirt ruling. If it gets to the Supreme Court a direct implcation could come about.

    So many around here think because we have great ideas everyone else will agree and support us. It doesn’t work that way. Those who want to make some big shifts in how this country runs need to be aware of, and work the bigger voting blocks as they can and will determine ultimately what we can achieve with our ideas here. Need I remind you this group is who determined the last 2 presidential elections? Better to not piss them off and get them to agree your ideas are right and support you.

    That’s the point. That’s what makes what they think and do relevant to us.

    I may write local but I have to think global too. I certainly won’t limit what I write about to the SGV as it is only a small part of the city I call home.

  6. This is above all else a First Amendment issue, which eventually does effect everyone.

    The school either has a dress code (formally written, distributed and agreed to) or it doesn’t.

    I’m willing to bet kids at the same school are free to wear all kinds of religious symbols and are not sent home, although that’s certainly offensive to me and others who think like me.

    The bottom line is either you’re free to wear whatever you want or you’re not. Nit picking about what symbol caused what reaction is irrelevant and dilutes the isse. The school needs to impose a dress code for EVERYONE or shut up and let all the kids wear whatever they want.

  7. in my school anything deemed disruptive by the administration could be banned by the administation. this was in suburban MD near dc, a democratic stronghold at the time…a progressive school district.

    students were expected to comply or face suspension or expulsion. as minors, we were not considered equals to the administration making the codes.

    not saying it’s right, just saying i didn’t effect anyone outside the actual school. prayer in the schools was a different matter. it was hotly debated on constitutional grounds.

    not missing the point, just saying it is not that BIG a point.

  8. Blackie, it sounds like you’re talking about Montgomery County, which is where I went to school as well. They didn’t suspend me for wearing my “Go Big Red!” shirt complete with Bucky Badger wearing a red star cap and carrying a submachine gun. They did call my father. But he said, “Gee, I thought my daughter had a Constitutional right to free speech. At least that’s what I learned in law school.” At which point I was free to go back to class.

    Perhaps things have changed since then.

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