Former Clovis resident Lois Henry in her Feb. 4 opinion piece wondered what “The Clovis way of life” signified.
The raging controversy over the CUSD dress code had her curious.
Let me illuminate the subject.
The Clovis Way of Life is a metaphor.
It means you idolize a reactionary cowboy culture and you must be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
The Clovis Way of Life is “concerned parents” opposing a benign statement by President Obama urging students to study hard from being broadcast over a public address system in school.
The Clovis Way of Life represents a desperate clinging to roots as a white-flight bastion for those fearful of changing demographics.
The Clovis Way of Life labels concern or sympathy for minority issues as crassly politically correct, but flying an oversized Confederate flag on your pickup on Nees and Willow avenues patriotic.
The Clovis Way of Life can sprout Peckerwoods and Featherwoods at one district high school and feigns surprise when the image of a lynch noose appears magically in the yearbook of another high school.
How do I know this?
I have spent 30 years in the belly of the beast and, no, I am not leaving.
Hector Torres, Clovis