“Wearing of Sandals”

From a May 27, 1968 memo on the counterculture movement, directed to the head of the FBI:

“nonconformism in dress and speech, neglect of personal cleanliness, use of obscenities (printed and uttered), publicized sexual promiscuity, experimenting with and the use of drugs, filthy clothes, shaggy hair, wearing of sandals, beads, and unusual jewelry, tend to negate any attempt to hold these people up to ridicule.”

It’s interesting to me that “ridicule” was apparently something they considered to be a weapon in their arsenal.



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