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Inside Arnold's Camp - Where are the people of color?
I slipped in, I saw...I saw nothing but white cowboys....
Arnold Schwarzenegger Visited Oakdale - The Cowboy Capital of the World. I went I saw...white people.
The Modesto Bee said that our Governer was going to make an appearence in Oakdale, California. So I turned on my scanner, grabbed my bull horn and headed to Oakdale.
Upon arriving, I saw a crowd of people about a block away from the entrance. I went ahead and parked and walked on over to find many teachers, nurses, and firemen protesting the event of Terminator's arrival.
I asked many people how I could get inside. "I want to ask him a question." I said, lifting my bull horn to let them know that I meant business.
"You might want to ask one of those guys up there in a cowboy hat - they seem to know what's goin' on.", said a hired renta-cop.
I walked over there with another gentlemen. and we were told that we would need to drive in. And, oh yes, we would need to be supporters. This is also what the Modesto Bee had quoted to let us know who would be preferred entry onto the premises.
"I'm a supporter!", I lied holding my hand up as though I were taking an oath.
I quickly turned and started to walk back to my van. It was a bit longer of a walk then I remembered.
There was not very much traffic leading to the area in which the Governer was due to speak.
Once I got to the gate, I was approached by yet another Cowboy. He did not even ask if I was a supporter. I said right away, "Nice hat!" and it did not take long to strike up a quick conversation about felting. It was obvious to these white bigots, that I was one of them. Easy as pie.
As I drove into the short lines of trucks and suvs I was glad that I was wearing my sunglasses because the it was immediately obvious that 99.9 percent of the people here were white white white. I was in the zone. It was easy to park, and everyone was smiling at me. It was probably the cowboy hat.
It was still early I suppose, but I was able to quickly determine that I was in good company. For every glance, I got a smile, almost like a nod of acknowledgement.
The Lead Singer looked like he was strung out on some wicked sauce.
After a couple more songs, a DJ from the local Country Music Station - Kat Country seemed to take it upon himself to be the MC of the event. "Are ya'll ready for Arnold?", "Well are ya?", "Let's hear a shout if ya are!" And then he would get everyone chanting Arnold, Arnold, Arnold.
They paraded a few people up, the first couple I can't quite remember the names. The first guy walked up on the stage with his trouser pockets hanging out and the first thing he said was that the picketers had picked his pockets when he arrived.
then he bad mouthed Beatty for the event the day before. He talked about how he was having a hard time paying his bills because his union dues were 60 to 70 dollars a month. He said that the Unions were nothing more than money farmers praying on the teachers. Most of whom, he went on to say were awful and should be fired (probably the bi-lingual ones).
Then after I forgot his name he talked some more and then was replaced with some guy that owned a trucking company.
Then the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Posse parading upon the stage - followed by the man that now works with our Governor, our former Sheriff Les Weidman though we were told that officially he was still our Sheriff. I don't think so.
Robert W. Stanford (under cover Cowboy of Civil Rights)