she's writing a novel

a lot of her writing tends to be tongue-in-cheek. this is because she grew up in an evangelical tradition which was more concerned about where else she might be putting her tongue.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The other campaign banner tells the blind guy to look out for his neighbors

On a Septa bus today, I saw one of those public awareness banners that extols Philadelphians to do something about the violence in our city. It was of course a very politically correct campaign; the people dipicted on the banner represented "diversity." "Diversity," when it is employed thusly, always looks the same: a 30-something white woman, a 50-something white man, a 40-something black man, a 20-something asian female, a hispanic teenager, and the guy in the wheel chair.
But this Ode to All of Us, self-conscious of its "let's include everybody and offend nobody" motif, was trying so hard to be sincere that it was blithely unaware its own irony.

I mean, it just doesn't seem very sensitive to the physically challenged to locate the motto, "Don't Give Up. Stand Up!" right next to the guy in the wheel chair.


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