Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Unintended Irony

The sign says "Historic District," pointing left. Each time I follow that sign I am puzzled. Other than an old train station (always closed), the "historic district" consists of several blocks of abandoned and derelict buildings.

What must people think?

Say "Scottsboro" to someone with a bit of education, and that person will complete the phrase with "The Scottsboro Boys," the infamous miscarriage of justice against innocent boys accused of rape. Today, folks with far less education, will think "Unclaimed Baggage."

But neither the event nor the place appears in the "historic district."

No one expects this.

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