Today, as usual, after church I was busy around the house and yard and did not look at Facebook until the evening. As I scrolled down my Facebook page, I was shocked to see message after message on the travesty that was the image and caption that had been attached to what was otherwise a decent article in the LA Weekly on the upcoming Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.
When I opened up Google Reader, post after post was entitled “This Is the Face of Genealogy.” I decided not to wait to put up my own post, and posted a picture of my great-grandmother Angeline Elizabeth Floyd. However, I had just written and posted a fairly long article, so I did not write anything to go with the picture.
I am going to do so now.
Sometimes I think people can be kind of thin-skinned, too quick to take offense. But this is not one of those times. As many pointed out, the picture that was posted with the article makes fun of groups that are still considered “safe” to ridicule. The offensive picture has been taken down, but the steam is still coming out my ears.
I avoid “If you believe X, post Y” memes like the plague. But not this time.
I do not believe in the gratuitous use of bad language. But there is no other way I can say it: I was so PO’d when I saw that picture.
I hate the way people with southern or country accents or country ways are ridiculed.
I hate the way some people impose their own prejudices when they venture to describe what kinds of people do genealogy.
I hate the way poverty and lack of adequate health care - and the effect that may have on appearance - are equated with ignorance.
I hate the way the cheapest of cheap jokes is taken to be hip/cool/sophisticated.
I hate the way this kind of irresponsible flippancy is passed off as “cutting-edge journalism.”
I hate the way a wonderful genealogy event, the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, can suffer by association with this travesty.
If you have read this far, I thank you for your patience with my bad language and bad temper.