Gordon Howie criticizes billboards posted by “Healing Rapid City” around town to ease racial tensions and promote conversations. Howie’s photos show two of the billboards with the following text:
Visualize our Connectedness
Howie dismisses these billboards as “well-intentioned” but “seriously mis-directed”:
The money being spent and/or the effort being expended on this billboard campaign misses the point completely. Its like pouring water on a mud puddle.
Maybe they are doing something of substance too. I hope so. If they are, they could have used the billboards effectively to solicit others to help. It makes me think they are probably not DOING anything. If they have a plan of action, I would welcome a contact from their group. I would be happy to help, if they have a plan that actually makes a positive difference.
Well, at least THEY feel better! [Gordon Howie, “At Last, a Solution for Racial Tension… Not!” The Right Side, 2015.05.22]
But dang: if posting slogans and advocacy is merely an exercise in misdirected feel-goodery, Gordon Howie has just indicted his blog and pretty much the entire South Dakota Blogopshere. If raising awareness about issues without offering a specific plan deserves condemnation, then newspapers waste resources.
Healing Rapid City is trying to get out a positive message. There’s nothing misdirected about that.