Listening to this recent mailbag episode of The Read has me thinking…
In particular, the question called “Trump stole my swag” or something like that. It was a man writing who had just recently been married. Evidently they had hats made with a hashtag and the hats were red and the print was white. Just like Trump’s campaign hat.
Fury and Crissle told him to retire that shit though he seemed reluctant to do so in his letter. Just because Trump took his swag, so he says.
One of my many random ass obsessions is symbolism. I mean if we think about it, that’s all that differentiates us from any other animal – the capacity to impose meanings on symbols or objects to organize our thoughts, communities, and cultures. The alphabet, our number systems, our vocabularies, our cultures are nothing but commonly accepted meanings that have been imposed onto arbitrary shapes that early people drew into the sand.
Now look at us now.
I said all that to say that symbols are powerful, and that red and white hat is one that tightens my sphincter anytime I see it.
It was the horocrux that Trump imbued with a piece of his old and rotting soul, and thus I’ve come to see the hat as a symbol of ignorance, xenophobia, egoism, and out right fuckery.
Sometimes it’s not even a Make America Great Again hat. Even the color and style of it is enough to make me roll my eyes.
Now, I have a motley bunch of associates of all races. And some of them (who I really don’t know that well) think it’s cool to wear that shit “ironically.”
“You know I don’t really think that way in real life.”
My thing is… there’s plenty of things in life that are actually funny.
I think it’s funny how I’m in 20K worth of debt for a goddam degree that everybody told me I needed.
I think it’s funny how bitches think they can try me in Walmart and cut me in the checkout line.
I think it’s funny that some of these people out here really thought Donald Trump would be a good president.
The material is endless without you going for the lowest hanging fruit for a laugh.
Bitch, THIS ain’t funny. This lunatic is going to kill us all.
And the thing about symbols is that one they are assigned a meaning, it usually sticks and it’s hard to change it.
So even people who wear the hat just for shits and giggles, or have a similar looking accessory at home, just retire that shit and have a seat. It’s okay.
Besides, it’s probably best to let it be. The red and white trucker hat has been tainted for all eternity. It ain’t cute any more.