Friday, August 10, 2007

If you don't like red, Chavez will kill you

Or something like that. In Windham, NH there is a big dispute about a high school's colors and mascot. Turns out that said controversy was a great way to teach high school kids all about Latin American politics. The last quote, btw, is from the School Board Chairman.

"Whether you're for blue or whether you're for green, we all should be for our democracy," said Cindy Hastings, mother of petition organizer Chip.

Latizio agreed."In our society, we can do this kind of thing," he said. "If we were in Venezuela right now, Hugo Chávez would be deciding the color and if you didn't like it, you'd be executed."

h/t BoRev.Net

5 comments:

Justin Delacour 8:56 PM  

"If we were in Venezuela right now, Hugo Chávez would be deciding the color and if you didn't like it, you'd be executed."

Tell it, brother. Tell it.

Julia_1984 11:34 PM  

Saying I'll be executed it's going to far! There is no thing as death sentence in Venezuela for start, and although some people has been put into jail and killed under doubtfull circunstances theres still a big distance between the present reality and killings. But its true, whats so ever, that Chavez controls our lives more than I would like it to. Nevertheless, be careful with the worlds you use to describe the situation, the paintings can be more extreme than the reality and therefore, not helpful at all...

Justin Delacour 12:18 PM  

It was a joke, Julia.

Greg Weeks 3:57 PM  

The nutty thing, though, is that high school kids are being told this by their school authorities.

Justin Delacour 2:47 PM  

The nutty thing, though, is that high school kids are being told this by their school authorities.

Indeed, very nutty. But within the context of American history, it's not out of the ordinary. Leftist foreign leaders that defy U.S. prerogatives have always been portrayed as dissident-repressing demagogues (or, in the case of Daniel Ortega in the 1980s, a Ray Ban-wearing hypocrite of a "communist").

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