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August 17, 2017

Participation trophy

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

The City of Alameda has released a statement about Charlottesville:

While recent actions in Charlottesville, Virginia shine a harsh spotlight on divisions in our country, in Alameda we continue to stride towards a future where the ideals of peace and freedom; love and justice; tolerance and diversity are universally embraced and protected. Our City policies foster an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for all. Alamedans cherish and respect freedom of speech and the wide range of viewpoints and opinions that make this community so unique. But we reject hate, violence, and bigotry. Instead, our community supports and empowers one another. We can listen, and be heard. We can be vigilant, kind, and strong. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” That love is our future.

While we should still oppose Nazis and white nationalists, we should probably all — at least in this town as much as we can — try not to be dicks to each other quite so much.  I know I’ve been having a really difficult time with what everything going on nationally.  I’ll be honest, last week I was Googling fallout radii from a nuclear explosion.  I eventually landed on hoping that I would just die from the initial blast rather than suffer through radiation poisoning.  But with this administration there is no dwelling on one horrible thing for very long since there’s always yet another terrible thing right around the corner.

Over the summer I spent a lot of time in Germany and it’s amazing the care that is put into remembering the atrocities of World War II, particularly in Berlin.  But there are no obvious markers to say “Hitler wuz here.”  The Germans clearly are keen to remember their history to not repeat it, but they don’t erect monuments to those who enabled and propped up those systems that oppressed and killed so many.   Which just goes to show that you can remember your history and keep it alive, but you don’t need to honor the losing side in order to remember.

The fact that the President of the United States doesn’t understand that basic concept — and apparently some of you as well — is pretty astounding.

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6 Comments »

  1. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately:

    When I was kid we lived in Pineville, Louisiana for several years. My father’s job sent us there. As in most small Southern towns, high school football was a big deal. A couple of my older sisters were in the marching band so we often went to the games.

    The team was called the Pineville Rebels. The stadium was typically festooned with Confederate flags. When the Rebels scored a touchdown, the band played Dixie, a cannon was fired, and a guy on a horse waving the Confederate flag circled the field. I know that sounds bizarre & insane but I am not making this up.

    I recall hearing from my sisters in the band about the brazen, open racism that was shown to the black drum major, the first African American chosen for that position. Goddamn, how did it feel for him to lead the band in that display?

    Google tells me they are still called the rebels but I’m not sure if they still do the other stuff. Image search indicates they’ve dialed back the flag, hopefully they’ve eliminated it entirely though I don’t know for sure.

    Even as a kid I knew how wrong that was. So glad I don’t live there now.

    Comment by dave — August 17, 2017 @ 9:14 am

    • On a local note, one of the San Lorenzo high schools has dropped its mascot name of Rebels. The total cost of removing the associated materials from all areas of the school will cost over $100,000.

      Comment by Mike McMahon — August 17, 2017 @ 3:13 pm

      • Worth every penny.

        Comment by Mike Henneberry — August 19, 2017 @ 6:49 pm

  2. Early winter. Snowflakes already falling.

    Comment by jack — August 20, 2017 @ 6:09 pm

  3. First is Calhoun St. and those who live there better brace for a change..

    John C. Calhoun…statesman and political theorist from South Carolina, and the seventh Vice President of the United States from 1825 to 1832. He is remembered for strongly defending slavery

    Comment by jack — August 20, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

  4. post#3, only one person I can think of needs to “brace for a change”

    Comment by JohnP.trump is a racist. — August 21, 2017 @ 8:40 am


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