Anecdotal Evidence….

As Vanishing American noted in a comment to my previous post, MLK is not just “a” Founding Father but “the” Founding Father of post-1965 America.

I once went to a soul food diner in the Detroit area, one of those places that the locals cherish – it was renowned for its fried fish. It was staffed by some very pleasant young black women. On the wall by the counter was posted a dollar bill – the proverbial “first dollar earned,” maybe. Over the portrait of George Washington had been pasted a picture of Martin Luther King.

Another time, at a Mexican restaurant, my wife and I were taking care of the check with the cashier, and gave her the tip in cash. We told her the tip went to Pedro or whatever the waiter’s name was, and she took a pen and wrote his name on the bills themselves. 

I know regular Americans have been known to desecrate our currency too, but things like this tell you something, if you are willing to see it.

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4 Responses to Anecdotal Evidence….

  1. AWOL Civilization says:

    “…things like this tell you something, if you are willing to see it.”

    What it tells me is that a substantial portion of the U.S. population has no affinity whatsoever for the symbols, victories, proud moments, and other accomplishments of “classic” America. I don’t know how this gap can ever be closed, or even if there is a will in this country to do so.

  2. stephenhopewell says:

    AWOL, that’s true – although my point was about the specific ethnic groups referred to. They don’t identify with the American nation.

  3. john says:

    you mean like the so-called patriots who put the confederate flag on the stars field of our flag, or the patriots who do the same with the twin tower image?

    • stephenhopewell says:

      I don’t approve of desecrating the American flag in any way. However, the form of the flag can be altered in ways that are respectful and ways that are not. The Twin Towers image seems unobjectionable. I have sympathy for the Confederate flag as a symbol for healthy rebellion and states’ rights, but not as a tool for putting down the Union.

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