WHITE POWER

WHITE POWER. WHITE POWER.

One sign after the other — Summit Creek’s big signs offering land for sale along the road I climb almost daily to work up a sweat — was defaced by white spray paint.

The next three signs were sprayed with bright orange:

GO AWAY. GO AWAY. GO AWAY.

I get the impulse for graffiti. Years ago, Blake Donner tagged a brand new stone wall on Provo’s University Avenue, a wall that created a gated community for wealthy buyers, with beautiful calligraphy:

DILDO.

But there’s a big difference between calling conspicuous consumption into question and albino racist attacks.
I decided to read the signs downhill, from left to right rather than right to left:

GO AWAY. GO AWAY. GO AWAY. WHITE POWER. WHITE POWER.

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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