by Kevin Shannahan
“Scalawag” If there is a museum of vintage insults somewhere, the controversy over the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Confederate flag’s removal from the Christmas Festival parade has brought it a welcome revival. While I have to admit that I find some of this to be funny (I may be the only person accused of being a Marxist, cultural or otherwise, to have a nearly perfect 35 year Republican voting record) much of it is not.
I am not calling for a civil discussion here. Nice is an overrated virtue. Go ahead and call the mayor an idiot, pile of vomit or any of the insults I’ve read that don’t bear repeating. Paste Soviet flags on photos of Front Street and create a meme with Josef Stalin wanting to come back as the new mayor. Go ahead and call him an Uncle Tom (Ok, I have to admit that one caused me to scratch my head in wonder) if you must. It’s a free country and politics is a blood sport.
Traitor? Turncoat? Stop and take a long look in the mirror. You are not accusing the mayor of slipping the secret meatpie recipe to the Red Chinese or giving the keys to the city to Vladimir Putin. You are accusing him of being a traitor to his race. Every time I read a post on social media that calls the mayor a turncoat or traitor, it is soon followed by a comment about the racial composition of Natchitoches. One poster summed it up – “He turned his back on his own kind.” Other comments manage to be both obscene and racially inflammatory, their authors beyond shame.
Those people need to take a step back here before it’s too late. I do not want a city and state I have grown to love to be marred by a group of people waving a flag whose moral legitimacy has long since passed. Choose wisely, the future beckons.
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