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

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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