Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator

Tasteful San Antonio: The Floatening

So I've had a fun day discussing racism, backlash, white privilege, and other manifestations of everyone's favorite hobby of poisonous bigotry. In aid of that, and killing the last few minutes here at work, here is a fun story from last week:

Friday was the Battle of Flowers Parade, the kick-off of the Fiesta celebration here in SATX. I believe it commemorates the day that all the dead guys at the Alamo came back and smote the Mexicans with flowers, or something. Anyway, it's this huge parade that people prep for weeks in advance, and there are floats where Fiesta Princesses with absurd titles ("Princess of the Imperial Russian Bells" and "Princess of the Eternal Mysteries" and so on) are unable to move due to their huge and elaborate trains.

One of the princesses this year was African-American, and the theme of her float was 'Blacks in the Old West'. So there was her, dressed in her gigantic fucking Fiesta gown, and her consort, a black youth dressed as a cowboy. And they were standing in front of a target. And the centerpiece of the float was a huge revolver made of flowers, pointing at the two black people standing in front of a target.

I'm not sure if the black kids came up with this idea themselves, or if it was white people. And I'm not sure which would be worse. But I do know that it happened right here in...TASTEFUL SAN ANTONIO.

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