Did You Know? Black Mourning Wear

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - by Jerry Summers
Jerry Summers
Jerry Summers

The wearing apparel of losing politicians in the May 3 primary and subsequent state and federal elections may take on a darker hue as they have to accept “the agony of defeat” of their dreams and desires to provide public service to the citizens of Hamilton County.

 

Although black has been the traditional color for mournings as a symbol of sadness it didn’t start out that way.


The comparisons of the color black for the death of a loved one or acquaintance to the death of a political aspirant may seem cruel to some.


Many years ago it was believed that the spirit of the departed, fearing harsh judgment, would try to remain on earth by inhabiting a familiar body. The mourners wore black and stayed indoors or in shadows to hide from the departed spirit who sought to possess them.

 

(In the present atmosphere it may be comforting to know that there will always be another opportunity to run again for public office or get a political appointment.)


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Jerry Summers

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