<%image(20120520-kkk.jpg|450|308|Klu Klux Klan and Their Fabulous Outfits)%>
Jim Lo Scalzo spent last summer in Southwestern Virginia taking pictures of the resurgent Klu Klux Klan. Before we get to the great article he wrote for Bag News, I feel I must tell you that I had no idea the Klan outfits were so beautiful. They are really gorgeous. If they would embrace their inner gayness, I think they might get over all that hate.
Scalzo noticed something in his discussions with Klan members: they often surprised him.
For example, one wrote to him about visiting the Rosa Parks museum in Alabama. According to this guy who hates blacks, it was great and shouldn’t be missed. (Remember this: the Rosa Parks Museum is a “must see” if you are in Alabama. If a bigot doesn’t know, who does?)
When it comes to economic justice, the Klan members tend toward the liberal. This isn’t exactly surprising. I think the vast majority of Republicans would sound very liberal if you got them off the subject of “all my tax dollars going to undeserving minorities.”
Last summer’s budget battle between President Obama and congressional Republicans seemed to crystallize the economic clash as one between the haves and have-nots—a dynamic not lost on those I was photographing. Even if most Klan members did not admit siding with president Obama, they openly railed against Republican budget proposals, specifically the GOP’s attempts to cut social programs like Medicaid and food stamps while maintaining tax breaks for the wealthy.
Klu Klux Klan for Obama, 2012. When you start seeing the bumper stickers, remember you read it here first.
John Scalzi at his Whatever Blog has a great flowchart explaining who gets to be a dick on his website:
I would create something similar, but that isn’t the way it works around here. In general, anyone can be as big a dick as they want. I just don’t have enough people commenting to complain. In fact, I love it when someone yells at me.
As I was preparing to post this, Rafael yelled at me about being mean to Moe Tucker and more generally The Velvet Underground. This is strange, because I love the band. Some people are such big fans that they can brook not even the smallest insults. Thus, I believe it is with Rafael. Here’s a taste, but check out the whole thing along with my response:
This article seemed like some kind of ill fated attempt to get people to stop fretting over her political views, but instead of just pointing out “she can believe what she wants, she’s not obligated to be liberal because of her counterculture past, ect.” you basically excused [expressed? attacked?] her political views as “Crazy” in a very condescending manner, and pointed out that she’s “losing her mind because she’s old”. does telling people to leave her alone about her politics; then spending half the post ranting about how she only believes this because she’s old and debating whatever she says make much sense to you? I am not a tea party supporter, and I in fact disagree heavily with them, but I cant dismiss things she genuinely believes in as “old people nonsense”. nice post, hypocrite.
Who gets to be a hypocrite on this website? I do! I alone! Ha ha ha ha!
John Scalzi’s comment policy is very funny. Check it out.