Dallas mon amour

kilroy“And Friday morning, Gilstrap, who is black, woke up to news of the horror that had visited his hometown: at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest Thursday night over the killing of Castile and Sterling, a lone gunman opened fire, killing five Dallas police officers and wounding nine other people.” – Christopher Matthias, The Huntington Post, 7/10/16

Thursday? All this started three nights ago?

I’ve been trying to find out what happened in Dallas, I guess, since Friday morning. Feels more like a month. I couldn’t find a straight account of it until I saw the above online Sunday. Included in this article is a jpg of the front page of Friday’s New York Post, headlined in 72 point caps, “Civil War: Four cops killed in anti-police protest”. On line, the phrae after the coon is underlined. It links to a pop-up page headlined similarly. There, though, the phrase “anti-police protest” is replaced with “Dallas tragedy”.

Could you follow all that? Best as I can sort it out, these parties in this order grasped at headlines: the organizers of a “Black Lives Matter” rally; a psychopathic attendee of that rally; the New York Post, conveyor of whatever headline, grasping for more dollars in print and more confusion on screens.

Black lives matter? All lives matter.

The psychopath in question, the 25-year-old black Army veteran named Micah Xavier, is reported to have said he ‘wanted to kill white people’, particularly white policemen. The article said he was ‘upset about the recent deaths of two black men at the hands of law enforcement’. A neighbor said Xavier was preparing his assault before the deaths of Castile and Sterling, the events that reportedly triggered the rally.

As Charled Barklay has observed under different circumstances, every issue in America is a racial issue. Many issues – bridge tournaments and other sporting events, for example – have other aspects as well, but all have some racial component. This insistence that all humanity is to be treated equally under law is older than the nation, and was stated as a fundamental premise, part of the bedrock on which the nation was founded. Faith in God is not so stated. Get it? God has nothing to to with the fundaments of the USA. Equal justice under law does.

As I’m writing this, the movie “Splendor in the Grass” is playing. In 1961, it was considered too “raunchy” for teenagers, at least by my mother. Since then it’s been too prudish to bother with. So I never saw it. It deals with class discord in the 20’s. I mention it here because there’s no reference to racism in it at all. Probably, that owes to the de facto apartheid of the age. I mean, America, 1901 – 1965.

I mention it to point out that America can focus on issues other than race. Also, that class depends more on education, and education depends a lot on wealth, that is, inherited cash value. Class might also depend on literacy at an early age, and on some ability to learn in maturity.

The only prediction I have ever held with is, “The Future lies ahead.” If I ever see an exception to it, I will note such here.

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