I live in the lovely borough of Conshohocken (Con-show-hock-en), PA. I know sarcasm is tough in writing, but trust me that statement is sarcastic. While I like living there because of the relatively low taxes, central location, and the city-like atmosphere – Conshy is an interesting paradox – a yuppie enclave, that is also a blue-collar stronghold. $400,000 condos across the street from some of the grittiest bars you can find. City council meetings where fist fights break out. Once a guy waved at me while driving – one hand on the steering wheel, the other hand clutching a beer. You get the idea.
The blue-collar home owners have been selling their homes at a pretty profit over the past few years (good for them – it’s made windfalls for people that normally wouldn’t get them) which leads to some interesting situations; one of which is the subject of this post. For as long as I’ve lived in Conshy there’s been an idiot on Hector street that has a confederate flag hung over his porch. Last week their neighbor put their house up for sale. You have to feel for any realtor trying to sell someone into this house. At least you know what you’re walking into if you do buy.
I find the confederate flag more insulting when it’s displayed outside the south. To me it is a blatant, bigoted statement. It’s the American version of the swastika. For it to be prominently displayed over the front door tells me all I need to know.
Of course as bad as this all is, I wonder about the person that will sign on the dotted line and move in knowing that their neighbor is a bigot.