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                                     SUMMER OF BIG BROTHER 
     Our Summer of Big Brother began with NSA whistleblower - or leaker - whichever you prefer - Edward Snowden. The Big Brethren weighed in, striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act, with Chief Justice Roberts citing "racial progress in America," around the same time Paula Deen's admitted use of the "N" word came to light in a deposition, followed by her less than rehabilitative, "apologetic," "I is what I is" tour. I wonder if the members of the Supreme Court saw any of THAT?
     Or if they're tuned in to this Summer's installment of CBS' "reality" show,  Big Brother, with a cast chock full of homophobes, racists and sexist men, all of which was exposed almost from start on the live 24/7 feed, causing an outcry in the print and electronic press. In response, the network aired three segments featuring the worst offender, Aaryn, who boldly held to her viewpoint that her prejudiced comments were just a joke and not repulsive to anyone - including the two Blacks and one woman of Asian descent in isolation with her. Finally, under pressure, she tendered half hearted, game strategic, remorse, but not until after turning the bed of the two African American contestants upside down - and splattering their belongings everywhere - after losing her status as Head of Household to a non-White contestant. Aaryn is now a nominee for peer eviction. Are you sure "our country has changed," Mr. Chief Justice? Because tolerance talk of acceptance of "others" aside,  BB's cameras are capturing a candid snapshot of the  antipathy in the US to "minorities," and the budding resistance to their becoming a majority, although it is demographically several decades away. Ditto for the fear of losing hegemony power on the world stage.
     In the past, "houseguests" were quickly removed for making even the mere threat of physical violence. The penetrating sting of verbal abuse - words - is well known to be longer lasting and equally, if not more, hurtful, particularly if repetitive. What is CBS thinking, allowing this toxic situation to continue, delayed disclaimer notwithstanding? Racism for ratings? If that's what "entertainment" has come to, it makes me sad - and sick.
     Meanwhile, in the "real" world, there's been the politicized and potentially polarizing reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict - although the jury decided "not guilty" in accord with the accepted rule of law - for the most part because the alleged is a Latino, appearing White, neighborhood watchman, and the deceased was younger, unarmed, and Black. Perhaps the emphasis in the aftermath should be less on the differences between the perpetrator and the victim, and more on the means that brought the latter's life to an end. Another side of the same coin is the immigration debate - or stall - however you wish to look at it, in our House of Representatives, reminiscent of what occurred on Capitol Hill with respect to gun control earlier this year. Through the Looking Glass, it's all related.
     Here in  Alexandria, VA, we're currently undergoing "gentrification"  - or social and economic homogenization to those who oppose and will be displaced by that policy. The city is also the setting for the Craig Patterson trial, an upcoming adjudication based on facts eerily similar to the Trevon Martin case, sans color. So all I have written above strikes VERY close to "home."
 To paraphrase that 1968 Virginia Slims slogan, "you've come a long way..." ... maybe...not so much. In this mixing bowl, fish bowl US, is anybody paying attention to what's really going on inside? And will they, before the inevitable "Fall?"