The Chronicle is running a contest to design a new flag for San Francisco. Shown above is William Leidenthal's entry:
Fog (gray background)The explanation is all well and good, but what's the first thing you see, dear reader? Right, and I wouldn't call it "cultural diversity".
Pacific Ocean (dark blue bar)
San Francisco Bay (green bar)
Cultural diversity of the people of San Francisco, where an inclusive society is the city’s pillar of strength (a four-color tower — Coit or Salesforce)
Gold Rush, which gave birth to a world-class city (gold stripe at the bottom).
The work is too phallocentric. That's not us, Mr. Leidenthal. Now, if you had depicted a mansion with poop, drug needles, a homeless encampment, and a vacant storefront right outside, that would be us.