It was a bad week in America
It was a bad week in America. From New York’s Central Park to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota to the White House, three ignorant white people showed the worst of our country.
“Karen” is slang for an entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged, angry, usually divorced, white woman, which fits Amy Cooper of New York to a T. Last Monday, Christian Cooper, a Harvard-educated black man was bird-watching in Central Park when he came across Amy Cooper (no relation) walking her dog without a leash in an area of the park where leashes are required. He politely asked her to put her dog on a leash when things escalated. Amy called 911 and said, “There’s an African-American man who’s recording me and threatening myself and my dog.” If a white man had asked her to put her dog on a leash would she have told 9-1-1, “There’s a white man threatening myself and my dog”? Would race have entered the equation? What would have happened 60 years ago in the South had a white woman said “a black man is threatening me”? Amy was an investment banker at Franklin Templeton Investments. She has since been terminated by the company. Amy also surrendered her dog back to Abandoned Angels. Amy may have an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, however she has zero intelligence when it comes to social skills. Her life got turned upside down in two minutes of being obnoxious.
Also last Monday, George Floyd, another unarmed black man, was killed — no, murdered — by the Minneapolis police. Mr. Floyd was pulled over for an alleged trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill. Mr. Floyd was handcuffed behind his back and placed face-down on the street. Why he wasn’t placed inside the police vehicle? While Mr. Floyd was handcuffed facedown on the ground, Officer Derek Chauvin puts his knee on the man’s neck for almost nine minutes while Mr. Floyd could be heard screaming over and over again, “Please, please, please I can’t breathe, please man. I can’t breathe.” How do we know this? Bystanders were filming the police’s actions on their cell phones and posting on social media. After six minutes, Mr. Floyd stopped saying anything because he stopped breathing. What did Office Chauvin do then? He kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s throat for almost another three minutes. Social media sites (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) do not allow murder to be posted on their platforms. However you can witness a disturbing murder with a simple Google search as all have allowed it to be shown. This is America 2020, folks. This ain’t Mississippi, 1960. We should be a better nation, regardless of the color of your skin or the size of your bank account. Because of this murder of another unarmed black man by the police, civil protests led to rioting around the nation.
While I firmly believe in your right to peacefully protest, rioting only makes things worse. I lived in L.A. during the three days of Rodney King riots. What started off as community anger turned into a free-for-all of whatever you could steal before burning the business to the ground. St. Paul, Minnesota Mayor Melvin Carter said Saturday that a vast majority of the rioters arrested overnight were from out of state. That changes the dynamic from peaceful protest to “Purge” violence.
Which brings me to the third white idiot this week. Yes, our Twitterer in Chief. As the rioting escalated in Minnesota, Trump tweeted, “I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right ..... ” Only problem is the president has no authorization over the state’s National Guard as the National Guard is under state governors’ control as commanders-in-chief. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 limits the use of U.S. military within the United States; however, National Guard can be mobilized at any time by presidential order Section 1076 (more George W. Bush Patriot Act B.S.) , which has never been used as we don’t want to see the Army and Marines on our city streets. Trump then tweeted, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” which was infamously said by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967 to quell urban (black) unrest. When our country needed a leader, instead we got Donald Trump, who tweeted about “Sleepy Joe” Biden, “Obamagate,” and “Psycho Joe Scarborough” and 2001 accidental death of former Congressman Scarborough’s intern Lori Klausutis.
We not only can do better, we must do better moving forward.