when is it offensive?

i noticed a post on Xark! about a button being sold at the Texas State Republican convention:

and people were understandably upset with it being available for sale.

but when Parliament’s 1975 single Chocolate City was released, was there a fuss about the lyric “They still call it the White House / But that’s a temporary condition, too”?

i don’t know. honestly, i don’t really care if there was. but it certainly reflects how intent changes everything.

what i find amusing is how out-of-touch segments of our culture are with each other; i was less than a year old when the single Chocolate City was released – but when Ray Nagin made his now infamous MLK Day speech in 2006, i understood his reference immediately. i think Nagin is a horrible excuse for a public servant (and was flabbergasted by his re-election), but the sheer ignorance of the media while reporting on his speech was unbelievable.

as is the blind idiocy of whomever came up with this button.

i’m not an Obama supporter. in truth, i’m far more likely to vote for John McCain in the general election (although a lot depends on running mates). but the idea of having a negative view of African-American hopes for one of their own in the White House disgusts me. they’ve been a part of American society since the early 1600s – why shouldn’t there be some expectation and hope that a person of African descent can be President?

heck, as an American, i’m excited about the possibility. not because i have any particularly good feelings about the direction Obama seems poised to lead the country in, but because of the affirmation of what i believe this country stands for: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

quote of the day:

“Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit.” – Declaration of Arbroath, 6 April 1320


4 Responses to “when is it offensive?”

  1. Agricola Says:

    Declaration of Arbroath? Had never heard of it until now, but had to look it up and try to translate the quote. Great stuff, JJ!

    And I must agree with the points of your nice post.

    Back to Spanish…..

  2. jhota Says:

    i particularly like Sir James Fergusson’s translation of that line: “It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”

  3. Saphyre Rose Says:

    That is a horrible thing to have done. It one of many reasons I left the Republican party.
    But we must remember the mentality of the regular Texan politician.
    These people voted to have dildoes called “Demonstrators” and vibrator to be called personal relaxers.
    Also there was a congressman called Bulldog and every time he entered the House, all of the House would start howling!! What mentality is this?

    I ask you to view the Molly Ivins interview on the Dildodiaries.com or just look it up on Youtube. It is the funniest (and saddest) interview you will ever see!

  4. WaremomaGef Says:

    I agreed with you

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