Tuesday’s Gone with the Wind – a few thoughts

Our friend Keith, as always, has a clear vision of the chaos in the U.S. today and who is fanning the flames. Thank you, Keith, for summing it up so nicely, as you always do!

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With all due respect to “Ruby Tuesday” and “Tuesday Afternoon,” I chose this song title for my random Tuesday thoughts. “Tuesday’s Gone with the Wind” has the right melancholy feel.

Starting with the last part of the title “Gone with the Wind,” it reminds me that the entertainment world has finally figured out the famous movie and book are racist and poor renditions of the events surrounding the Civil War. We actually discussed this misrepresentation by the movie and book in my World Literature class in 1977. But, propaganda about the war has been around since white slaveowners got poor whites to fight for a more righteous cause of states’ rights than the real one to let them keep slaves.

Remember how states’ rights were cited by the president for delegating his responsibility to fight COVID-19. Yet, states’ rights are less important if he must flex his law and order…

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Bigotry – you have to be carefully taught (from “South Pacific’)

I shall let our friend Keith’s words speak for themselves, for he makes the case far more eloquently than I could …

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I have often cited these words, but the following is from a post I wrote several years ago. I repeat it hear due to its relevance today.

For those of you who have seen the play or movie “South Pacific” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, you may recognize part of the title as a pivotal song in the story – “You’ve Got to be CarefullyTaught.” The play involves a woman who falls in love with someone and then realizes his children are half islanders. She has a hard time coming to grips with her bigotry as according to the song, we are not born hating; hatred has to be carefully taught. A sample of Hammerstein’s lyrics follow:

“You’ve got to be taught, to hate and fear. You’ve got to be taught, from year to year. It’s got to be drummed in your dear little head. You’ve got to be…

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The Week’s Best Cartoons: Black Lives Matter

I haven’t done a cartoon post for a couple of months. The political cartoons today are darker, more brooding … but then, so is our nation. Today, though, I am ready for a break from my usual fare … the snarky & angst need to rest for just a minute. So … today I am sharing TokyoSand’s weekly cartoon roundup. The ‘toons sometimes speak louder than words. Thank you, TS!

Political⚡Charge

By Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

Here’s how some of the nation’s best editorial cartoonists covered the Black Lives Matter protests. I hope you’ll let me know which ones you found to be the most powerful.

Black Lives Matter

By Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune

By Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

By Kevin Necessary

By Michael de Adder

By Matt Davies, Newsday

The Protests

By Serge Birault

By Matt Davies

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

By Daryl Cagle

By Clay Jones

By Darrin Bell, King Features syndicate

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump Responds

By Lalo Alcaraz

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Clay Jones

By Monte Wolverton

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

By Steve Breen, San Diego Union…

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