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Nothing like little censorship! Jeez oh Pete, someone's scared
Let me ask how many of you celebrate St. Patrick's day? This is not a drinking holiday, regardless of what mainstream America might thing. It's not a day for dying a river green, drinking green beer, saying Kiss Me, I'm Irish, talking like a bad Irish Spring soap commercial, getting drunk or other debauchery and revelry. It's a holy day of obligation. It's a day to celebrate St. Patrick bringing Christianity to Ireland. But it's all right to stereotype the Irish in that manner. A people that still have their oppressors living in their country. Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" and their mascot is another example.
The Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy. It's not a festival or street party. It's another holy day of obligation celebrating a very important day in Catholic theology.
Cinco de Mayo is another one. It's the day for Mexicans to celebrate their victory of the Battle of Puebla over the French. But to most, it's a drinking holiday.
So if you don't like supposed depictions of things that YOU term "racist" (oh, the dreaded Scarlet R - where's Hawthorne when you need him?} then you must apply that equally to any culture that has someone depicting them through caricature in way that MIGHT be demeaning. Otherwise you have "conditional equality". And if something isn't applied equally then it's not really equal, is it? And then you have fascism (you'll do, think and believe what you're told) and hypocrisy (which is people telling others not to do the very things they're doing).
It might behoove some of you to refer back to a quote that is often attributed to Voltaire or Evelyn Beatrice Hall (depends on who you've read) where it is said "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it".
George Orwell was really onto something with 1984....this is our Brave New World? Maybe we should revisit that.
Artful Dodger used to play there as well! A seriously underrated band. Some great times at the Agora. Used to know Hank's daughter Lisa (RIP). Good people.
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