There’s been a lot of talk lately about what’s racist and what isn’t. We’ve got the first African-American presidential nominee with any real chance of winning, and so all the other nominees are bending over backwards to a) figure out a way of criticizing him that Al Sharpton can’t spin into hate speech, and b) “reach out” to the African-American community, with sometimes hilarious results. That means you, Mitt.
As a matter of fact, there’s so much phony racism out there that it’s easy to forget that there’s still lots of real honest-to-badness racism out there. I’m not talking about how Hillary didn’t cry enough about Hurricane Katrina or Mitt and Baby Bling Bling, I’m talking about this poor guy in Arizona who wound up blindsiding a speeding SUV full of rich, drunk, teenage girls (one of whom died) when he, himself, was sober and driving safely. Cops no care – pretty white girl dead.
There are a few mitigating factors here: he had smoked pot earlier that day, and he did speed away from the scene of the crime. The pot thing is really stupid because he was apparently sober as a judge when they caught up to him, and the speeding away thing, while really bad, probably happened because he was a young black guy who had just crashed his car into an SUV full of pretty white girls. It was absolutely their fault – the girl driving was 17 and pickled drunk – but there’s still a fear of cops, and sometimes, it’s justified.
Apparently, the 17-year old girl with the blood alcohol level way over the legal limit is still free. The young man who hit her is in jail for three months and lost his job. Whether that has more to do with him being poor or her being rich, or him being black and her being white, I’m not sure, but it comes from the same ugly attitude.
Oh, and Mike Huckabee ain’t gonna take away your Confederate flag, no siree.
(Edited 9:33pm, 1/24/08)