Some good news to report today. Yesterday, I was able to see my mom for the first time in more than a year. The doors to the prison for the elderly have been opened in my gau of Virginia – gau being the 1930s German word for the administrative district of what had been a formerly independent state. They are probably open just temporarily, given the Delta Epsilon Semi-Moron Scariant is said to be on the loose. But I took the opportunity to walk through them – and past the sign on the door insisting on face-effacement – with my face un-effaced.
No hesitation. Above all, no obedience. Not even feigned or making ready to, as my sister almost did – by having her filthy Rag of Obedience at the ready. I urged her to put the loathsome thing away and just walk in.
And so we did.
The staff were hidden behind their “masks” – but said nothing to us. Or rather, said nothing about the sight of our faces. Perhaps out of kindness. Perhaps because they wanted to avoid a confrontation. Regardless, it affirms my belief that signs have no ability to impede your actions.
If you ignore them, they will not run after you.
Yes, of course, signs can be enforced – but that takes people willing and able to do it. In the case of speed limit signs, it is usually safe to ignore the sign because it is usually the case that there is no one around to enforce what it says. You can “get away” with “speeding,” which is why so many – almost all of us – do so, regularly.
I have never understood why so many people were – and remain – afraid to show contempt for the Face Effacement signs, particularly when it was also obvious you could “get away” with disobedience. As in the case of stores and so on that were clearly not saying anything to the handful of face-showers who ignored them. Much less kicking them out of the store. When all you had to do was summon the gumption to ignore the sign – and walk right through the door.
As I have been doing. As I’ve done since the beginning of Ronamonomania.
Yes, some doors have been closed to me – as in the case of the prison for the elderly. And it is true I was made persona non diaper at the coffee shop I used to frequent, for refusing to obey the sign.
But I always refuse – and by doing so, place the burden of obedience to an insipid but vicious fraud on them. I put the door keepers in the position of having to be Good Germans while I show them what it is to not be one. I keep my self respect by putting them in the position of having to shame themselves.
There is another term of righteous opprobrium that is relevant in this context: Uncle Tom. It refers to black people who behave shamefully – as by tolerating degrading treatment in order to gain some momentary advantage. Sit here, boy. Yes, sir! Very few black people today are willing to behave like Uncle Toms because they do not wish to be regarded as Uncle Toms. But all too many Americans are willing to behave like Uncle Toms. Stand here. Place this over your face.
Uncle Toms – of all hues – do as they’re told. Often with only a sign to make them do it. The sight is as disgusting as watching an old Step n’ Fetchit performance from the ’30s. More disgusting, actually. Because Step n’ Fetchit was being paid to make a fool of himself while the degradation performances being demanded of American Step n’ Fetchits is costing them everything.
All they had to do – and still can do – is ignore the signs. Which – unlike speed limit signs – haven’t even got the force of law behind them. You can get a ticket for “speeding.” You cannot – yet – get a ticket for refusing to face-efface. It’s true that in a few areas, an attempt was made to enforce face-effacing at ticket-point, but these tickets have proved to be unenforceable – so far.
If only a working majority of Americans had had the gumption to ignore these signs when they began to appear, it is extremely probable there would be no signs to ignore, now. They would have disappeared – being unenforceable – and thereby made ridiculous. Which obeying them ought to have been from the get-go.
But because so many people did Step n’ Fetchit – yes, boss! – the signs are likely to return and this time, it may take more gumption to ignore them – because it is very probable there will be some form of enforcement, this time.
But they must be ignored, nonetheless. Unless, of course, you wish to spend the rest of your life (and condemn your children to a life of) steppin’ and fetchin’
And rolling up your sleeve, too.
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