Some of you may have missed the big commotion involving a US flag on a school building that was deemed inappropriate for the neighborhood. KTSM reported the news on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. According to the news report, the elementary school’s red, white and blue design “does not match the aesthetics” of the neighborhood. As far as I know, KTSM was the only news outlet in El Paso that reported the flag controversy. I believe there is a reason for that.
The original report by KTSM reported that the Canutillo Independent School District would have to paint over the flag design on the Silvestre and Carolina Elementary School still under construction. The report went on to state that the Cimarron Home Owner’s Association (HOA) refused to accept the red-white-blue motif arguing that it clashed with the neighborhood.
Of course and as expected there was an immediate outcry on the Internet with various individuals voicing their displeasure that somehow the US flag would clash with the community. The school district was set to repaint the flag with the original burnt orange color approved by the HOA.
I expected the outcry, after all El Paso is a military town.
What surprised me is that the outcry turned to silence almost immediately. There weren’t any demonstrations and the blogosphere was mostly silent, except for Jaime Abeytia who posted a call to arms on the news and then went silent. It was eerily quiet.
The reason became apparent the following day when KTSM followed up on their original piece.
It wasn’t the Cimarron Homeowner’s Association that decried the color scheme; it was the developer that had master planned the area. Guess who the developer is.
That would be the godfather of El Paso’s current renaissance, better known to my readers as the leader of the horde – Hunt Communities, led by Woody Hunt.
As many of you know I like to point out hypocrisy and this issue is so deep in hypocrisy that it oozes out of every nook and crevice. Hunt has made substantial money from government work. That would by US government work on military basis. Yet from the reaction to the US flag on a school on a Hunt development it is not the red, white and blue that drives Hunt Development, but rather green, the green from the pocket books of the taxpayers they use to build their utopian dream.
This is why the blogosphere is so quiet, because the useful idiots know who sauces their gravy train and once the truth became evident, they went silent hoping no one would notice. Yes, I’m calling out the useful idiots who would be outraged today if it were a homeowner’s association or any other developer that didn’t want the red, white and blue in the neighborhood!