My wife and I don’t travel that much.
I should say we pick our destinations more judiciously than when we’d slide into the car and “go somewhere.”
I thought of this earlier today when I was reading about Dallas—about Texas in general, specifically their open-carry law. That’s the piece of not-quite human-friendly legislation that allows any registered gun-owner to parade through the streets with the weapon of his choice nicely strapped to his person. (I use his in the grammatically correct sense. No worries: ladies may “carry” also.)
It occurred to me that I don’t want to visit Texas. Further, I don’t think any right-minded person should visit Texas. And not to put too fine a point on this, but that stupid wall that Trump wants to build—if he puts it on this side of Texas, I’ll donate a brick.
Of course I knew before this morning about the open-carry policy, but I never thought about it much until I saw the danger those police officers faced with a so-called peaceful demonstration last week. Really, how does a peaceful demonstration look when everyone has guns? What must conversations sound like in Texas?
—Careful tonight, son. Stay out of trouble.
—No problem, I have my Bushmaster.
—Make sure you have ammo.
—High-capacity, Dad. You didn’t raise no dummy.
Which brings me to Rudy Giuliani, today’s poster child for dumb after yesterday’s appearance on Face the Nation where he suggested that black people clean up their own mess (black-on-black crime) before overreacting to deaths by whites. The former mayor of New York (and I’m ashamed to say a Yankee fan) said
“If I were a black father and I was concerned about the safety of my child, really concerned about it and not in a politically activist sense, I would say be very respectful to the police, most of them are good, some can be very bad and just be very careful…[and] be very careful of those kids in the neighborhood, don’t get involved with them because son, there’s a 99 percent chance they’re going to kill you not the police.”
I guess he means those black kids in those black neighborhoods. (That Yankee cap—it has to have been too tight all those years.)
Just look at that these words—If I were a black father—because there it is—black people need to be extra respectful of the police and extra vigilant in their own neighborhoods…because they’re black. Whites? We can relax. Yet another problem solved by the man whose tenure as NYC mayor featured constant, random searches of black and Hispanic youth that caused many neighborhoods to feel they were in a perennial “lockdown.” Yes, he was a hero after 9/11, but as we all know: anyone can lead in a crisis; it’s the day-to-day that requires competence.
Sadly, we need people like Giuliani to make the statements he makes—to blame Black Lives Matter for our social unrest. This way we can be reminded of how little progress we’ve made and what kinds of attitudes are responsible for keeping us mired where we are.