Standing our ground has been a theme of this neighborhood for as long as it has been a neighborhood and even prior.
Since I’m on the topic, the very reason we celebrate this parade every March is because of the early Americans standing their ground against the British and forcing their evacuation from our city. Today the issue is much different, but still requires someone to take a stand. The ones standing their ground in this case is the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.
After reading much of the negative press, as well as the negative comments surrounding the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council’s decision to pull the invitation on MassEquality to march in our parade, I am outraged! For starters, I have no direct affiliation or personal ties to this group. I am simply a proud young South Bostonian who embraces my neighborhood’s history, as well as its changing ways. As a neighborhood, South Boston has been the target of ridicule by many in the media. These agitators have resorted to the usual cheap shot tactics, trying to portray those who disagree with their stance as “old and out of touch” and “bigots” as well as many other names and adjectives. As this ongoing drama ensues in our local papers, internet blogs and elsewhere, it is easy to get sidetracked and misled. Though our town is becoming an epicenter of what can be personified as “cool” and “trendy” which in some aspects may be just that – it is important for us not to lose our values and principles for which have made our town so great to begin with. With that being said, I am proud of our parade organizers for standing their ground, yet again.
Note: I am not writing to necessarily to argue my viewpoint or to convince one who disagrees but rather to show my support for our parade and its organizers whom I feel have garnered much undeserved criticism.