Friday, January 16, 2009

how f**ked up is this?

Everyone that knows me, knows how easily distracted I am. You all know that I seriously have an undiagnosed case of ADD.

So here I am writing my cultural diversity paper for finals this weekend. I didn't realize that I need to reference the text in my paper. I didn't know that till like....right now.

As I was flipping through it, I realized how much I didn't read. One chapter speaks of different forms of prejudice. And there's a photo similar to this, with this caption below it.

Preserving culture or
expressing pride can
sometimes cross the
line and intimidate
In Laurens,
South Carolina, one
finds the “World
Famous Redneck Shop
and Klan Museum”
where one can pick up
souvenirs that often
carry symbolism that
is regarded as racist
by many. There are really places like this? REALLY? Gotta love Google because I googled The World Famous Redneck Shop and would you believe this place has a MySpace page?? Seriously, I'm not kidding.

www. myspace. com/theredneckshop

So of course I click on it. And honestly, I don't know what disgusts me more...the fact that there is a store and people actually shop there and support it, or the fact that people actually shop there, support it, and befriend the store ON MYSPACE!

Curiosity always gets the best of me. So I start reading the comments on the page. And as one would guess, the people are generally as fucked up as the store and the concept behind it.

I expected the white trash.

I didn't expect this guy.

www. myspace. com/black_whitekid

Further, his comment blew my mind.

"how you doin long time no see guess what i am bout to be the first black guy in this ferturnity at school
thats what sothern prides all about
..whitepower "

I would just love to show you the picture of him sitting in front of a confederate flag doing this whole white power hand salute thing but I can't copy it. It's disgusting.

Now please don't get me wrong. I think that EVERYONE has the right to be proud of their heritage and what they believe in. I do not think that the way these people go about it is ok.

I am not trying to start a racial MySpace war or anything like that. But dude...this is just crazy. I had to share it with all of you.

And if by some crazy chance, I happen to have closeted racist friends and blog readers who think this shit is ok, stop reading my blogs from now on. I want nothing to do with you.


MilesPerHour said...

You just wrote an honest post about an experience and your feelings around it.

We all have bias and prejudice to an extent. Some things rub each of us differently. I do agree with you about this but I accept that there are all kinds whether I like them or not.