One View From The Ground
I of course wore a Health Care Reform t-shirt and an Obama cap while on my jog. Very interesting mix of people. Mostly what one would expect. Rural, Southern/plain states, white, with a great number of middle-aged white men with either military crew cuts or biker tattoos. There were a very small number of blacks but interestingly absolutely no Hispanics or Asian Americans anywhere at all. I stayed away from the groups of men wandering around in biker jackets with tattoos carrying flags. Interestingly not a lot of American flags but a lot of other flags including the yellow don't tread on me flag. I actually felt relieved by this event even though there were signs that were shocking because I do not think it will have the impact the organizers were hoping for. And my main thought I had as I observed these people was how many of them will forget they were against health care reform ten years from now when it is a part of American life and many have seen lower costs and their family members covered. One could almost imagine what it was like when Medicare was introduced, the civil rights bills, forced busing, etc. And how many of those people are now advocates or accept it to be a positive part of America.
But the reason I sent this to you was the use of an anti-Native racial epithet on the sign.
This is a typical definition for the term "half breed":
"An offensive term for an offspring of parents of different races (especially of Caucasian and American Indian ancestry)."
The tea party protest I went to had mostly civilized signs, with a couple of bad ones. The bigger the event, the more likely there are to be bad signs like these. I do not mind signs like this being exposed and ridiculed.