DIsmayed readers send me signs of racism at East River festivities this weekend.
Marine veteran Lynn Hart spotted a camper next door flying the traitor Confederate flag during the Flandreau Wacipi Saturday. (I’d embed the video, but Hart got a little worked up and used some cuss words.)
Hart, who is a little bit darker than I am and who has voiced concerns about public displays of the traitor flag elsewhere in South Dakota, took his concerns to Flandreau Santee Sioux tribal chairman Tony Reider. Hart suggests that Chairman Reider asked that “such symbolism of negativity” not be flown over tribal lands (and in his relief and to mine, Hart drops no f-bombs in this video:
Meanwhile, at the Stampede Rodeo parade in Mitchell Saturday, a visitor spotted the Rasta Monkey on the float from Mike’s Gun Repair:
Lest I invite an angels-dancing-on-the-head-of-a-pin argument about whether we are allowed to show animals enjoying reggae or doing other people things, there’s a long and ugly history of associating blacks with monkeys which goes back to Europe’s first encounters with Africa and which has scientifically demonstrated implications for ongoing racial discrimination.