Following up on my recent BLM rant, this week’s Fun Fotos Friday collection of random pics from our RV lifestyle galleries is neither very random, nor particularly fun. Rene suggested I find photos of the various monuments to White America we have seen in our travels. I do recall seeing a number of statues and monuments around this country which may be on the list to be torn down by those working to change the systemic injustice going on. I suppose it’s a good thing that we didn’t take many pictures of them though. So instead, I’ll share some photos of monuments and symbols we have seen in our travels that prove racism and white power is still a thing in America.
We first encountered proliferation of the Confederate Battle Flag – aka: Rebel Flag, Dixie Flag – when we arrived in West Virginia.
Its appearance became more common as we traveled through Virginia.
The further south we drove, the more proudly it was displayed.
The Midwest also had its share of symbolism for social bias. In fact, it was in Duluth, MN when we first encountered blatant racism.
While parked at the docks near the Lift Bridge, a total stranger “welcomed us by dropping the N Word and warning us to stay away from the “dark side” of town.
As much as I love a cherry Charger, the General Lee – like this one we saw in Mondovi, WI – has new meaning to me.
Mt. Olivet cemetery had its share of white pride on display. 😉
Specifically, in the Confederate Memorial Hall.
The Confederate Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Virginia is filled with memorials to the fact that white power isn’t dead, only sleeping.
This wasn’t the only “pickaninny” we came across in Mississippi. More proof to the prevalence of the innate racism southern society still deems acceptable.
And while the real David Crockett may well have perished at the Alamo, the legendary Davy Crockett of the popular Crockett almanac bearing his name, was apparently “…horribly racist with a sense of humor that was chiefly excremental, sexual, and bigoted.” –Texas Monthly
Sadly, many still do not support the change that is needed to help us become a nation more open to equality than hatred.
To be clear, this issue is not only a Southern thing, as seen on this Redneck Pride golf cart at the Fountain of Youth.
And it is not just about race either. Hatred takes many forms in this great nation of ours.
Shall we get back to a more lighthearted selection of random pics for next week’s Fun Fotos Friday? Suggest a topic below, and I’ll search our 13+ years of full-time RVing photos!