Hi everybody. Hope you’re all gearing up for a great Thanksgiving. It’s always a little tough for me because I can’t justify going home twice in 2 months so I stick close to DC. And that’s a little prick to the heart. But I’ll shop with the cousin and watch a little football with the uncle down Maryland way and it’ll be okay. I don’t have too much to say — I’m just coming from a meeting down in DuPont and I had to stop and eat since I haven’t actually done that at all today and, since it’s the day before Thanksgiving, I decided to have a few beers and write a little. It calms me down.
Since I have to cook tonight — nothing too involved but baking tends to be time consuming — I’m hoping to find a good holiday movie to pass the time. One of my favorites this time of year is Home for the Holidays, but I’m sort of feeling Just Friends, which is totally underrated and hilarious. Of course, given all the freaking out over a sequel, I could always go ahead and do the annual viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life. I keep waiting for that movie to stop being awesome. But it never does. In any event, looking forward to my sweatpants.
I’ve been thinking about the CNN lady who was all upset that people were profiling groups of black kids to avoid being victims of the knockout game and something occurred to me: we have evil rednecks in the South. White trash, racist wastes of perfectly good flesh who are just hateful and angry and run around perpetrating violence on people just for fun. They look a lot like some of my relatives who are not white trash, or racist, or violent, or hateful. But sometimes people ascribe those qualities to my people because they have seen the variant of Southerner that has those qualities and they have things in common with some of my loved ones. Is that an unfortunate circumstance? Absolutely. But you know who creates it? The redneck who gives life to the stereotype. Sure, it’s tempting to be angry at the people who mistake the two. But, honestly, if those people were fearful of leaving their homes because the rednecks were on a tear, I can’t say I’d blame them for being cautious around upstanding folks with the same accents and interests (except for the whole predilection for violence). And trust me, I know a little bit about being maligned unfairly and treated with little to no respect, so I get where the discomfort comes from. But sometimes you have to be honest about why people react the way they do and address what you can to fix it. And pointing the finger of blame in the wrong direction doesn’t help.
Does everybody still have to read this in high school? One of the best…
Gorgeous. Gives me a lot of hope.
As does this. The editor Pye told me today that he wanted Murray to succeed even more than he wanted Stafford to succeed, because there was just something about the kid that makes you pull for him. I want good people to win, too.
“Enrichment is our red line.” Great. We suck at foreign policy at the moment.
In the spirit of the holiday, thank you for being there, in whatever way you are. I’m sorry if I let you down.