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Some people have to hate In my eyes hatred does not come from being isolated attacked offended or unwanted integration These are just the catalysts that fuel what already exists ignorance self-righteousness and hatred No amount of education protesting counter-marching or talk-showing will change that Talk shows are a personal pet peeve of mine I understand the need for entertainment Unfortunately the oblivious public is used to the television telling them what is news and what is important Allow me to give you a brief example In 1998 a group of Indian tribes in Arizona petitioned to get the Squaw Peak freeway as well as Squaw Peek renamed This was about the time the freeway was finished but the tribes found the continued use of the word squaw offensive The word squaw was Arapaho slang for vagina I cannot imagine a more demeaning term for a woman What they were asking was to change the name on maps that have to be updated every year anyway and removed from signs It was that easy They got two blurbs buried in the evening news and local newspapers However about that same time a cab driver was offended by the new window dressing of Sky Harbor Airport entrance sign The design ironically enough a Hopi design offended him because the pattern looked like it spelled out KKK In actuality it looked like it spelled out KKKKKKKKKKKKK The cab driver was a black man The result of local involvement of some news stations everyone heard about it The sign was torn down and a new one built at a total cost of 9000 It was news because the media told everybody that it was I dont wish to point out any goofiness of this mans claim nor do I want to belittle his feelings about the sign If the sign truly showed KKK or a swastika I would understand his feelings It
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