Saturday, February 7, 2009


Julia found this listing which, technically, does not violate the Federal Fair Housing Act, just those pesky laws of good taste and common decency, and good luck getting those enforced. Pesky freedom of speech, thinking you're so special just because you're the first amendment...


Anonymous said...

Holy cats, what the heck is the person who wants to snuggle up under an icon for racism doing in San Fransisco of all places?? What he couldn't find a bunk at the U.N. in order to feel less at home in place? San Fran, the Meccas of Tolerance seems an unlikely landing spot for whoever would want that blanket.

burhanistan said...

That's the bedspread, hmm?

Must...not...make...crude...South Shall Rise Again...Viagra...joke...

Anonymous said...

Let's not speculate about the race, class, or parenting skills of the people who live in these houses. We judge them on the photos they pick, not on who they are as people

One thing does not equal the other.
Tacky, yes, but lets not assume really horrible things about people that we don't know.

melissa said...

Maybe it's ironic.

Maybe, it's a person who grew up in the South and is also gay.

Maybe the person loves the Dukes of Hazzard.

But, really, said person should have cleaned up the room. What a mess!!!

Suz said...

Believe it or not, these flags are found in a lot of places, once you get away from the West Coast.
I will venture to say that the majority of people who have them, have no clue what that flag stands for, or stood for, nor are they racist. I think Melissa is right, they probably just like the Dukes... That show was so evil in so many ways!
But, San Fran. is an odd place to find one.

Marianna said...

Like Suz said the Dixie flag is very common throughout the south. The vast majority of southerners see/use it as a symbol of regional pride and find it quite unfortunate that it's been hijacked for use as a symbol of racism and hatred.

Also agree with Melissa...what a mess!!

Captain Skippy said...

I used to date a black girl that owned oand often wore a stars 'n' bars bikini. It was so wrong of her, but it looked so right.

Yee haw.

Anonymous said...

Captain Skippy: We need to see pics!!

My wife is from Long Island and, when she a teen, her family bought a beach towel with the Confederate Flag and the little rebel soldier saying "Fergit Hell!" She had no idea what it was or meant until she moved down south for graduate school. She would wonder "Why would anyone want to forget hell?"

Seriously - a rebel flag in S.F.? The very last place I would EVER expect to see one!

Fnarf said...

The Confederate Battle Flag is ALWAYS a symbol of racism. It became popular for the first time during the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 60s; before then it was unheard of to display it. The "Southern pride" it represents is nothing more or less than Southern resistance to the spread of civil rights for blacks. Note that it was addded to the Georgia state flag in 1960, not 1860. Before the likes of George Wallace and his followers brought it into fashion, hardly anyone in the South would have even recognized it.

WisTex said...

Fnarf: The confederate flag is NOT always a symbol of racism, although many racists do embrace the flag. That is like saying all Muslims are terrorists, or all white people are racist, or all hippies smell bad or any other generalization about a group of people.

They all are inaccurate generalizations that promote misunderstanding, division and hate.

Besides, if you do some research on history, there were many factors that lead to the South seceding, including states rights, economic differences between the south and north, western expansion, and, of course, slavery. It is possible to embrace the idea of states rights without embracing slavery, and many people do. The complicated history of the Confederate States of America is not as simple as some high school textbooks imply... you have to dig deeper to get the real story... and stereotypes are not the real story.

Stereotypes may apply to some, they may even apply to many, but they do not apply to all.

If one wants compassion, understanding and respect, one must give it as well. Making inaccurate generalizations about a group of people just brings you down to the same level as the people you supposedly despise.