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A battered pickup, a rebel flag and political implications

The other day, in response to some of the swirling political commentary, I cautioned an acquaintance about using the disparaging term “redneck” or “redneck town.” I said, living here, I knew that rural life can embody a wonderful mix of people and ideas, and can be positive and very energizing.

The next morning I got on the freeway, headed to Nevada City to tutor my very legal, very smart, very socially contributing student, who originally hails from Mexico, and what should come up behind me but a battered pickup (think it was a Toyota – oh irony, of ironies!) flying a huge Confederate flag the length and breadth of the truck bed. Is this teenage orneryness, I wondered, or a political comment? A “feel free to be me” statement coming on the heels of Ms. Palin’s convention speech? A racist comment on the nomination of the Democratic presidential candidate? Who knows – but it definitely gave me pause.

Miriam MacAllister

Grass Valley

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