Question: What do the photos above have in common?
Answer: They both should be captioned, “Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here.”
The Confederate battle flag has been in existence in some shape or form for 150 years. Whether or not it should be flown on public or government grounds or whether it is morally acceptable to own, sell or fly one has been debated and discussed and then some over that lengthy period.
Is American culture so lacking of depth that some loony craving his 15 minutes of dark fame can alter legislation and commerce overnight? Apparently.
The statue is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and is a moving and tear-inducing representation of three military nurses ministering to what appears to be a dying young soldier. The memorial honors the women who died there military, journalists, and others who served in honorable ways. What is jaw dropping is that according to the news story THE PARENTS ENCOURAGED THE CHILDREN TO CLIMB ON THE STATUE FOR A PICTURE. Seriously???
Hey, mom and dad! The monuments that mark the sacrifices made by military men and women is there for us to honor and respect, not for your child to climb over like a Jungle Gym or pose for a selfie.
More than 25 years ago when I was on a business trip to South Dakota, I remember being horrified when out at dinner in a relatively nice place that there were men eating dinner with their hats on! OK, you laugh now but over the years, I’ve seen worse. And it’s getting worser. (If you can wear a hat in a restaurant, I can make up words.)
I got a great email over the weekend from a young Charleston entrepreneur. I had reached out to him to see if his emerging company needed marketing communications support. He responded back thanking me for the offer, saying he already had some in-house PR folks but would keep us in mind if they ever needed additional help.
When you are wrong, say you are wrong – As the NFL is the undeniable king of professional sports in the U.S., they can pretty much do as they please. In this case, however, two unrelated, by-the-book disciplinary procedures were linked in time and space – providing a stark comparison. It had to be one of those, “Oh duh. I get it,” moments when the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, heard the public outcry.