Capturing Sweet City Signs


Above is from Florida Ave. Sadly, the store is no longer open.

Another bonus one today from a reader who saw this on in Joplin, Kansas.


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  • dude. i wouldnt totally buy that and bury it in my backyard. gleaming the cube anyone?

  • Joplin is in Missouri, not Kansas.

  • it looks weird through our DC eyes but to a lot of people in the center of the continent, the threat of tornados is routine. My sister lived in western arkansas and said she’d grab her kid and head to the cellar about once every 3 weeks because of tornados. She moved to a suburb outside of Nashville where 13 of her townsfolks were killed in a tornado a few years back. It’s harsh, but every one of em wishes they’d had a concrete dumpster-looking box to crawl into.

  • I wonder if the owner of the shop with the ‘One Drop’ signs knows what it actually means. It’s a racist concept derived during slavery times stating that any person with ‘one drop’ of African blood is black. I.e., if you have 63 white ancestors and 1 black ancestor, you’re black.
    So, I’m not really sure what the sign is signifying.

    Surprisingly, the concept has survived up to today. Most of the media refers to Obama as the ‘first black president’ even though he has as much ‘white blood’ as he does black.

    Other examples:

    Bob Marley – white father + black mother yet somehow he is ‘black’
    Tiger Woods – black/Chinese/native american father + Thai/Chinese/Dutch mother and somehow he is usually considered black. Of course, he has as much Chinese and Thai ancestry as African ancestry, yet he is still considered black.

    No other country clings to the notion of the old ‘one drop rule.’ South Africa had something similar during the Apartheid era, but even their ‘pencil test’ was not quite as racist as the One Drop rule.

  • I’m sure the folks at One Drop were fully aware of it – I’ve always thought of it as a reaction to the racist practice – sort of turning it on its head.

    And, I love the “Inquire Within” sign right outside the storm shelter – has a “step into my low overhead office” feel to it.

  • You have to change that – it’s driving me crazy. As someone from Joplin, I can attest it is most definitely in Missouri!

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