HOPE MILLS, N.C. -The Hope Mills Fourth of July parade is drawing criticism after an entry had racist overtones.
According to parade watchers and photos, at least two tractors had big Confederate battle flags behind them. One tractor was also pulling a trailer of watermelons.
A sign on the trailer read, "White History Month" followed by, "HUG WTE PPL."
Some parade watchers said they were not bothered by other signs on other tractors that read, "I didn't vote for Obama" and "God loves rednecks."
Kenny Bullock, Director of Parks and Recreation for Hope Mills, is responsible for organizing the parade. He said he received complaints about the signs. Mayor Jackie Warner, and town Commissioners Jerry Legge and Pat Edwards said they also received complaints. The town's other elected officials could not be reached Friday.
I snapped this one in a store at Quincy Market
Yesterday in my post PhotOH! On the streets of Boston: An important message for Congress, written in chalk, I shared one of the two most gripping moments I had in the two days I spent in the wonderful, awe-inspiring city of Boston.
Here, as promised, is the second one. We had just stepped outside our hotel when we heard loud shouting by what sounded like a crowd of people. My first instinct was to look around to see if another tragedy was about to occur, but that only lasted a second or two, because the images below are what quickly appeared before my own very eyes.
It was exhilarating. I'd never been this close up and personal to something like this, and I couldn't stop smiling. The smiles I got in return made the experience that much more rewarding:
Then today, still floaty and optimistic from sweet memories of that event, I woke up to this bubble bursting news in my morning Los Angeles Times:
Consider two fictitious female job candidates with nearly identical resumes, both vying for an administrative assistant position, one with better grades and a history of volunteering for a gay rights group.
At oil and gas giant ExxonMobil, hiring managers allegedly chased after the less qualified prospect while ignoring the applicant linked to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, according to a charge filed against the company Wednesday.
The complaint from nonprofit LGBT worker advocacy group Freedom to Work and law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, filed in the Illinois Department of Human Rights, accuses Exxon of discrimination based on sexual orientation. [...]
The group alleged that the candidate who volunteered for a feminist college group and earned a 3.9 grade-point average in college received more call-backs than the applicant with a 3.98 GPA and served as treasurer of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
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This story covers two topics that we here at TPC have been all over: Gay rights and privatization. What happens when you combine the two and privatize a formerly city-sponsored event? LGBT groups get banned.
Discrimination is alive and well in Orange County, California.
The growing friction between Vietnamese LGBT groups hoping to march in Sunday's Tet parade and resistant organizers of the Lunar New Year event has exposed a deeper cultural struggle over gay rights in Orange County's sprawling immigrant community.
For three years, LGBT activists have participated in the colorful gathering in Little Saigon, but this year — with the event shifting from city sponsorship to private hands — they have been rebuffed and quietly told to make a "sacrifice" and stay away, members said.
The silver lining?
Some LGBT members are invited to join other entries already approved to march in the parade, including the Union of Vietnamese Student Assns. of Southern California and the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce. Others intend to line Bolsa Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Little Saigon and the designated parade route, and make their presence known with signs thanking supporters.
Dogs in wigs!! Roosters in dresses!! Who could ask for more? Those bowls of beer are a bit iffy though.
Gay Military can march openly, in uniform in a gay pride parade, but the Boy Scouts still don't even openly allow gay people in. What a country.
Like activists in the past, they are hoping to widen their impact with an estimated domestic TV audience of 50 million people and about 700,000 people along the route. [...]
Protesters intend to march with large banners that decry wealth inequality in the United States and to unveil a few colorful “floats” of their own, including a giant people-powered octopus, said Pete Thottam, an Occupy spokesman. The octopus ... is designed to represent the stranglehold that Wall Street has on the political process, he said.
Others will carry large blow-ups of the Constitution, one with the words “We the People” and the other “We the Corporations,” he said. Planned speakers include Cindy Sheehan, an antiwar activist who lost her son in the Iraq war, local Occupy activists and possibly leftist documentarian Michael Moore.
The octopus, said activist Mark Lipman of Los Angeles, represents Wall Street's stranglehold on political, cultural and social life, with tentacles "that reach into your pocket to get your money and a tentacle to get your house."
The Occupiers do not want to disrupt the parade, and are working with-- yes, with-- Rose Parade officials and the police. There goes that nasty, stinky, rude, intrusive, violent reputation that the GOP is trying to slap on them.
The group says the protest will be "G-rated" and will stick to nonviolence in expressing Occupy's messages against income inequality and corporate power.
By the by, I managed to catch a CNN Year In Review segment the other day. They mentioned the Occupy Movement, and said it still wasn't clear what their message was. Really, CNN?
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