In a widely circulated photo, Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist, was seen waving a small Confederate flag. It’s unleashed, predictably, one of our nation’s perennial awkward reconsiderations of the Confederate flag’s place in public life. This week, GOP presidential aspirants stumbled through tortured nonanswers about their positions on the flag. South Carolina’s governor pledged to debate removing the flag from the state’s Capitol building. Otherstates and cities around the country went ahead and did it. Several major retailerspledged to remove merchandise bearing the flag from their stores.

For a lot of non-Southerners, the flag removals have inspired a lot of eye-rolling —what the hell took so long? But when I went to Twitter earlier this week to take people’s temperature on all this, I was surprised at the spectrum of black Southerners’ sentiments. It wasn’t that they thought the flag was kosher — no one was arguing to keep it — but they didn’t seem to think its presence was all that remarkable, either. To be sure, a few folks told me they steered clear of places that displayed the flag, that they found it extremely painful, that they were involved in efforts to remove it from their schools and community centers.

But a lot of others were giving the flag side-eye but not much else. In fact, a few people expressed a sort of begrudging, complicated appreciation for the clear signal sent by bearers of the flag. Basically, that it lets you know where someone stands. “My relationship with the Confederate flag has always been twofold,” says @phontigallo. “I see it as a symbol of bigotry, but I also respect the honesty.” “It wasn’t particularly distressing so much as it was (still is) a reminder of who not to associate with,” says @snarkyspice.

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anonymous asked:

Living with Lydia Martin and Allison Argent as bestfriends ? I love your account, he is so cool ! <3 Sorry for my english, I'm french

  • Gossiping all the time
  • Styling each other
  • Stealing each other’s clothes
  • Teasing each other about crushes
  • Movie nights cuddled up on the couch together
  • Cuddling - if you think the three of you wouldn’t climb into bed and fall asleep limbs sprawled over each other you’re wrong
  • Taking turns cooking dinner but then usually ordering in
  • Getting drunk with them
  • Throwing parties every weekend
  • Having the two best friends ever
  • Both of them are always there when you need them to be
  • Comforting you after a nightmare/break-up etc.
  • Lots of hugs all the time
  • Them helping you text your crush
  • Giving you pep talks before a date/before a test
  • Lydia helping you study
  • Allison helping you with self defence
  • When one of you can’t sleep, neither can the other two and instead you wait up all night talking

so i was thinking what if the fayz ran out of tampons

all the girls would be running around strangling each other

stealing them

the boys would just feel rlly awkward

and the girls would kill each other trying to steal tampons

it would be like the hunger games

i figured out why astrid ran off to the woods