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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! For now, I’ve returned from my Joiyssey to participate in the "revolution":I’ve been at many Occupy sites across the country:1st in D.C. Freedom Plaza I faced & challenged racism/white supremacy, sexism/patriarchy, classism, heterosexism & eventually was kicked off the island; then I offered workshops as I drove to CA:“Anti-Racism Geared for White Occupiers”; “NO DRONES” "Successes and Pitfalls of OWS"

Saturday, January 20, 2007

You shoulda been a hippie smokin dope in the 60's

A large, angry, old white man, his face as red as his dark red shirt, confronted me at the rest stop as I was walking down the sidewalk.

"Lady" he yells. "Is that your your your *#@*@#*#@#@*truck?" he stutters. I confirm his suspicions and he tells me it is offensive.

I ask him what he finds offensive - he screams "that" motioning to the truck. I ask him if he can be more specific and he rants about how disrespectful I am to our commander in chief, our president, our Bush. He believes we should respect our leader, and support his decisions. He says I am offending him.

I say Bush is a war criminal. He attacked people who never attacked us. He's imprisioning people illegally. He's condoning torture and attacking our civil rights.

He tells me Bush had to attack them before they attacked us. I say I thought Bush attacked them because they attacked us.

He tells me again I'm offensive, I'm an American - I HAVE to support the commander in chief for god's sake!

I point out that Germans said the same thing about Hitler. He tells me it wasn't the same thing and I was comparing apples and oranges.

I ask him how so and he just sputters I was born too late - I should have been born back in the 60's so I coulda been a hippie smoking dope!