Welcome to the place here called Crazy Corners but I didn’t invent or discover it. The area is pretty well populated though. Not to be mistaken for Crazy Town, that’s another place.
I’m standing here on location at the intersection of Broad and Normal Streets. And for the moment, it seems so confusing that I am not sure which way to turn. Whether toward the suggested, approved route or the other way.
Robert Frost might be intimidated here. The way “less traveled by” could get you into some big trouble. Let me tell you about a couple of the identifiable highlights of this place.
I need to preface it by saying I’m in no way condoning the use of blackface. In fact, I really don’t understand the fascination. We can agree it is offensive. There done, I think.
But for the sake of it, there is this exposed issue of people wearing blackface. That’s been all the news here and everyone is aware of it. That is another thing, it seems hard for many people to talk directly about it because it is that offensive. They don’t want to chance stepping into any unintended snafus by doing so.
Instead they talk about people and personalities who have wrongly donned blackface attire at some point in their lives and condemn them, loudly and voraciously. Here is the rub on the rules of getting along around here, just a few cultural do’s and don’ts to be aware of.
I’ll just describe some of what I’ve seen to give you a flavor for the culture.
So that blackface is a huge NO NO. But there are festive parades and competitions everywhere for cross-dressing and transsexuals. They encourage it on youth. You know, “don’t knock it till you try it” but even then you better not knock it. Though you better hide that black shoe polish and straw hat attire.
Wearing pussy hats is not offensive….it is endearing to women and their reproductive rights. Doesn’t matter who wears them either: men, kids, teachers. Popular at marches.
Biology be damned.
Using the men’s room or ladies’ room is only a matter of individual preference, regardless of gender, and to hell with everyone else. Other conforming users have no rights to object.
In schools coaches are expected to watch girls dressing in boys locker rooms so they aren’t harassed or assaulted. And they are reprimanded if they disapprove of it or fail to watch.
Don’t get caught wearing black makeup, you get run out of town and banned from public.
Blackface gets you booted from office, where cross-dressing is non-firable and protected status. In fact, government should pay for sex change operations if they can’t afford it.
And children should not be told their biological gender because, until they can tell us for themselves, they have none. What it is, is not necessarily what it is or will be.
You can identify as any biology or thing you want. But you cannot identify as a Native American. So far, the do nots seem pretty strictly enforced.
Though one must be very careful because your personal preferences today could be considered don’t do’s tomorrow, depending on what yours are. It is a little bit like fashion, when it is out of style, man, is it called out. Then later they can go back in time to condemn you for previous offenses. It seems like they are cultural-fashionista trendsetters.
My understanding is people from Crazy Corners also want to rewrite the Constitution, or twist it into a Gordian knot until they do. It needs to breathe or evolve, like biology, to suit.
In fact, now that I write this, I am starting to feel I might have to get out of here quickly.
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