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Offline kimmy

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Rainbow crosswalks
« on: June 24, 2017, 10:57:24 am »
Back at the other forum somebody started a thread called something like "Burn-outs a hate crime?"

Someone had done a burn-out, resulting in a rainbow crosswalk being defaced. The originator of the thread seemed amused by the idea that some people had assumed that this was an act of malice, rather than youthful exuberance.

It seems that many Western Canadian suffer from an overabundance of youthful exuberance.

Campbell River BC unveiled a rainbow crosswalk this week ahead of Pride weekend. It was vandalized within 35 minutes, and by the next day had been vandalized multiple times.
http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/vandals-destroy-rainbow-crosswalk-in-campbell-river-ahead-of-pride-weekend-1.3472426

Whitehorse...
http://globalnews.ca/news/3525519/yukon-rainbow-crosswalk-vandalized-by-tire-burnout/

Saskatoon...
http://globalnews.ca/news/3504406/saskatoon-rainbow-crosswalk-tire-marks-pride-festival/

The one in Lethbridge was defaced by tire marks, and later somebody covered it with tar and manure.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurenstrapagiel/lethbridge-pride?utm_term=.dvDm2bAOb#.cbgbkplYp



So much youthful exuberance.

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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2017, 11:04:26 am »
Back at the other forum somebody started a thread called something like "Burn-outs a hate crime?"

Someone had done a burn-out, resulting in a rainbow crosswalk being defaced. The originator of the thread seemed amused by the idea that some people had assumed that this was an act of malice, rather than youthful exuberance.

It seems that many Western Canadian suffer from an overabundance of youthful exuberance.

Campbell River BC unveiled a rainbow crosswalk this week ahead of Pride weekend. It was vandalized within 35 minutes, and by the next day had been vandalized multiple times.
http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/vandals-destroy-rainbow-crosswalk-in-campbell-river-ahead-of-pride-weekend-1.3472426

Whitehorse...
http://globalnews.ca/news/3525519/yukon-rainbow-crosswalk-vandalized-by-tire-burnout/

Saskatoon...
http://globalnews.ca/news/3504406/saskatoon-rainbow-crosswalk-tire-marks-pride-festival/

The one in Lethbridge was defaced by tire marks, and later somebody covered it with tar and manure.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurenstrapagiel/lethbridge-pride?utm_term=.dvDm2bAOb#.cbgbkplYp



So much youthful exuberance.

 -k

Mere coincidence, I'm sure.

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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2017, 11:13:50 am »
Grafitti is just trolling IRL.  One bad burn out can ruin your day on the street or online. :(

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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2017, 03:18:58 am »
I'm sure "lighting" crosses was just trolling too.

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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2017, 09:24:49 am »
Does trolling include making threats ?  Certainly feminists get direct threats on Twitters all the time.  The culprits are known as trolls but I don't know if threats are included in 'trolling'.

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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2017, 09:30:13 am »
Guess some people don't like rainbow crosswalks.

I don't approve of defacing them but I really don't see the point personally. They're crosswalks for cripes sake, they will cost more to install and maintain, look crappier when they get worn and be more slippery when wet because of all the extra paint on the road. One more useless PC enterprise to blow tax dollars on.
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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2017, 10:35:42 am »
Yes, the taxpayer is likely set back hundreds of dollars for this.

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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2017, 11:21:15 am »
Yes, the taxpayer is likely set back hundreds of dollars for this.

My point is, how many things are you going to paint rainbow to make yourself feel good? For me, being inclusive comes out of treating everyone the same, not a paint can.
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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2017, 11:34:35 am »
And then there's this...

http://lethbridgenewsnow.com/article/563671/u-l-pronghorns-and-friends-stay-all-night-guard-pride-crosswalks

Athletes from the University of Lethbridge teams stayed up all night to make sure the crosswalks didn't get damaged again before Pride weekend.

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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2017, 12:36:13 pm »
My point is, how many things are you going to paint rainbow to make yourself feel good? For me, being inclusive comes out of treating everyone the same, not a paint can.

Don't you think that when previously marginalized groups are accepted, it warrants a celebration of unity ?  I do.

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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2017, 12:40:21 pm »
Don't you think that when previously marginalized groups are accepted, it warrants a celebration of unity ?  I do.

I don't have a problem with celebrating, I just think painting crosswalks is stupid.
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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2017, 12:41:51 pm »
I don't have a problem with celebrating, I just think painting crosswalks is stupid.

It's a pretty basic form of celebration.  So you're ok if they put flags and banners up then ?  Fair enough.  The crosswalk think is likely a fad anyway.  One collision + one lawsuit and it will quietly go away.

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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2017, 12:47:59 pm »
It's a pretty basic form of celebration.  So you're ok if they put flags and banners up then ?  Fair enough.  The crosswalk think is likely a fad anyway.  One collision + one lawsuit and it will quietly go away.

Nope, no problem with flags and banners.
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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2017, 01:16:15 pm »
Something less subject to regular wear and tear would be a better choice.  It has been interesting to see the amount of deliberate vandalism these have brought forth, though. Perhaps that in itself has been worth the exercise.

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Re: Rainbow crosswalks
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2017, 02:11:12 pm »
I had a guy come into work at closing yesterday and explain to me how disgusted he was when he found out he met a gay person the day before.  He said that gays are fine and there's a place for that, but not in Canada.  Also, that he hates gay people.  Needless to say, we still have a lot of work to do.
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