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June 25, 2020

My friend Albert and his wife Sharon wrote a lengthy comment to my last post that I’d like to address because they brought up some compelling points and questions.  You can scroll up to the comments just above this to read their full text.

In order:

I was aware of the 1921 Tulsa race riot before the Trump rally there.  As many as 300 black people were killed and 35 square blocks of a thriving black economy were destroyed.  Bombs were dropped on them from private aircraft.  I gleaned this from several sources, including CNN, which ran archival footage of it many times.  It is just this year that the state of Oklahoma has included this tragedy in its curriculum.

I can’t tell you the motivations of people I don’t know, but I condemn the looting  that has marred the mainly peaceful protests.  I support the removal of Confederate statues, but not by vandals.  This is a complex issue that needs to be reasoned out.

George Floyd was no angel.  He was in jail eight times, then five years in prison for armed robbery.  Upon parole, he started mentoring young men and those with drug problems.  In 2017 he made a video opposing gun violence.  He paid for his crimes and tried to right his life.  He was not a hero, but he is a martyr, however accidentally, and he was not a “boy”.

Aaron Glee Jr. has confessed to killing Oluwatoyin Salau and Victoria Sims, who had met at recent protests.  Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddy” Bryan have been charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery.  Say their names.  Bad people do bad things every day, and it’s part of the human condition.  I don’t think good people want the police dismantled, just reorganized to take some stress off them.

Since 2017, about 100 people have been shot to death by Canadian police, most of them after first shooting at the cops.  Canada has a tenth the population the U.S. does.  The RCMP around here pack pistols with more serious munitions in their cars.

The deaths of Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch, two black men recently found hanging about 50 miles from each other in California, were originally ruled suicides, but are now being investigated as homicides.  I want to blog more about that next time.

Travis Yates does not represent me.  He sounds like an idiot.

I think the U.S. should be run by a President and a Congress that responds to the needs of the people.  When POTUS fails, as Trump has, he or she should be removed by impeachment or voted out.

Although I left the U.S., I’m a dual citizen and still vote, including California elections.  All my family, ex-classmates and old friends are still there.  And I deeply worry about them.

 

6 Comments
  1. AL MCCLARAN permalink
    June 25, 2020 1:44 pm

    AT LEAST WE AGREE ON A COUPLE THINGS – BOY GEORGE WAS NO ANGEL AND OUR POLITICIANS HAVE FAILED THE USA – NOT JUST CURRENT 535 – MOST HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE TOO LONG!
    WONDER WHAT YOU WILL SAY IF JOEY B WINS. HE IS YOUR CANDIDATE – RIGHT.
    STATUES ARE JUST THAT. REMOVE THEM ALL BUT DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE ASTRODOME – SO I HAVE TO PAY MAINTENANCE – HA!
    AND YOU CAN NO LONGER SAY MASTER BEDROOM.

    • June 27, 2020 10:00 am

      George Floyd was no angel, but he wasn’t a “boy”. If Biden wins, I will say “Hooray!” and feast on filet mignon, coconut shrimp, tater tots and chocolate covered cherries. I could see him serving one term to preside over the tremendous political shift, then yielding to Vice-President Susan Rice or Val Demings. I hope this is the last election where the baby boomers and older control the narrative. We need the Astrodome for the return of baseball. I recommend we put the confederate monuments on the Mar-a-Lago golf course, saving you a fortune on maintenance fees. Out of a deep and abiding respect for you, I will never say “master bedroom” in your presence.

  2. hookmoon@telus.net permalink
    June 25, 2020 2:35 pm

    We also vote in Calif which doesn’t do anyone much good. Better we were registered in a Red State Judith

    • June 27, 2020 9:47 am

      Maybe we could move to Idaho just long enough to register.

  3. Gordon permalink
    June 25, 2020 4:14 pm

    And sadly, more and more lately, us friends still here in the US appreciate your worry.

    • June 27, 2020 9:46 am

      Don’t forget we’ve got plenty of room up here. And air you can’t see or smell.

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