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If the fact that you have or don't have a ... fides in the community, you should probably move somewhere else.

Having a lawn jockey on one's property isn't necessarily a testament to one's bona fides,

Neither is NOT having one.
but it might well be an indication that one is a racist.

What's it's indicative of, IMO, is IGNORANCE on the part of the person doing the judging.
And I refuse to be responible for someone's ignorance.
I think I've known one (1) person who had a lawn jockey, and he's definitely a racist.

You probably don't get out much, right?

Handsome Jack Morrison
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Even the Brits are turning into "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" (aka Frenchmen) these days: http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/2004/12/defense-of-realm-dr.html
Yeah. And take down those Christmas trees, too. And the Menorahs. And the American flags. And the Bush-Cheney yard signs. And the Pro-Life bumper stickers.

You're comparing apples to oranges again IMO. To most people's way of thinking, there's a significant difference between displays of religous/spiritual belief and political belief - and the display of a racial cariacature.
It can be indicative of that, yes. But IMO, having a lawn jockey also makes a statement about the person upon whose lawn it sits. The lawn jockey's owner may not be a racist, but s/he should expect that having a lawn jockey on his/her lawn might be interpreted as racist.
I think I've known one (1) person who had a lawn jockey, and he's definitely a racist.

You probably don't get out much, right?

Actually, I get out quite a lot (thanks for asking), especially with doing home visits to a variety of communities in a four-county area. I don't associate much with racists, though, which could be why I haven't known a lot of people who owned lawn jockeys.

Mustang Sally
That reminds me of a discovery I've made as a new Baltimoron: the cats (plastic?) attached to the outside walls ... like they're just climbing straight up the house'swalls you know, like cats always do and pause to look down at you. WTF?

You mean you'd never seen wallkats before? ;-D
There's a brick house near both my former workplace and the MD SPCA* which has an entire constellation of wallkats, in a sort of sunburst design, on the back wall...
*It's at Chestnut and... I think it's 30th st; in any case, it's one block from the 7-11 which is at the corner of the # St. and Keswick, and faces the Methodist church on Chestnut.
It is Soren's crèche so he can arrange it anyway he wants but we did draw the line when he was shooting the power orbs at the hanging angel in an attempt to knock her down.

I'm seconding the call for pictures. :-D Reminds me of the days our creche was joined by Johnny West's pal Geronimo....

And speaking of tacky Xmas thingies.... at the flea market this weekend, I witnessed a "Native American" creche, with all the humans in various generic Plains garb, the infant in a papoose board, and with - I kid you not - an Indian pony, a bear, rabbits, a bald eagle, and (IIRC) a moose...
I don't associate much with racists, though, which could be why I haven't known a lot of people who owned lawn jockeys.

As a point of note, you do need to remember that not all lawn jockeys are racial cariacatures.
Yeah. And take down those Christmas trees, too. And the ... the Bush-Cheney yard signs. And the Pro-Life bumper stickers.

You're comparing apples to oranges again IMO. To most people's way of thinking, there's a significant difference between displays of religous/spiritual belief and political belief -

Melanie was concerned with somehow "personally hurting" or "offending" stupid/ignorant people (e.g., commie pinko liberal atheists), and *I* simply refuse to be concerned with that.
There's just too damn many of them.
Roughly 58,881,428 of them at last count.
and the display of a racial cariacature.

In every instance, that "racial cariacature" you're so concerned with is a POSITIVE one.
Except to stupid/ignorant people unfamiliar with its historical significance.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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Even the Brits are turning into "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" (aka Frenchmen) these days: http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/2004/12/defense-of-realm-dr.html
Melanie was concerned with somehow "personally hurting" or "offending" stupid/ignorant people (e.g., commie pinko liberal atheists),

I seriously doubt that's what she was concerned with; far more likely that she was referring to the fact that members of the race cariacatured, and shown as happily serving massa, might find it offensive and/or hurtful.
and *I*
simply refuse to be concerned with that. In every instance, that "racial cariacature" you're so concerned with is a POSITIVE one.

***. You obviously misread what Melanie posted on the subject of the use by the Underground Railroad; what you apparently missed was the part about how many of the figures were used WITHOUT THE KNOWLEGE OF THEIR OWNERS.
Except to stupid/ignorant people unfamiliar with its historical significance.

See above.
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Neither is NOT having one. What's it's indicative of, IMO, is IGNORANCE on the part of the person doing the judging.

It can be indicative of that, yes. But IMO, having a lawn jockey also makes a statement about the person ... be a racist, but s/he should expect that having a lawn jockey on his/her lawn might be interpreted as racist.

For the umpteenth time now, only a stupid/ignorant person would interpret it that way.
And I refuse to be judged by stupid/ignorant people.

Period.
You probably don't get out much, right?

Actually, I get out quite a lot (thanks for asking), especially with doing home visits to a variety of communities ... associate much with racists, though, which could be why I haven't known a lot of people who owned lawn jockeys.

It's just a hunch, but the ratio of racists to non-racists in your area is probably roughly the same as it is in most parts of our country.
So the absence of lawn jockeys (or "Jockos") in your particular area might connote nothing more than the fact that probably you live in an area with an inordinate number of stupid/ignorant people.

But I would defend with my life your constitutional right not to display a lawn jockey, tutu or no tutu!

Handsome Jack Morrison
*gently remove the detonator to reply by e-mail
Even the Brits are turning into "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" (aka Frenchmen) these days: http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/2004/12/defense-of-realm-dr.html
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