Friday, April 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I have been (and still am) inordinately busy, what with the holidays, the out-of-town excursions, dealing with Dad's estate and helping Mom cope with her new condition of widowhood, deadline, deadlines and more deadlines, plus my normal teaching and law practice routine. Accordingly, I have not, until now, had the opportunity to wish all of my friends a Happy Passover or Easter, as the case may be, and so that is now done herewith.
Pesach [Hebrew for Passover] for us was uneventful. My wife's Cousin Shira had to cancel what has become her annual Pesach visit. We did miss her, but we enjoyed the privacy and intimacy which our respective schedules have, of late, denied us (our son being preoccupied with his own Pesach schedule this year).
If, arguendo, the news media stories are to be taken at face value, this would be a case of a white person indiscriminately killing black people because one or more persons who happened to have been black killed his father.
[I know, I know: Jake England, the prime suspect, does seem to have racial features and lifestyle habits and attributes characteristic of Native Americans, but for the sake of argument, we're now going along with the mainstream media story line.].
Imprimis, Jake England is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and this posting does not purpose to prove his guilt by the familiar "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard. But if the reported evidence plays out any manner near the way I expect it to play out, he will likely be found guilty of some offense, at which point the presumption would no longer pertain. For now, his guilt is purely speculative. In the real world, England is hardly an exemplar of class or social grace.
But back to the news media story line: A white man went and indiscriminately shot up black people at random, in retaliation for his father's death, which was caused by one or more persons who happened to have been black.
On that score, I will note that the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, and their ilk (including, perhaps, Barack Hussein Obama), have all spewed venom indiscriminately blaming the entire white race for past wrongs done to black people by individuals who happened to have been white. Never mind that many, many white people, including Abraham Lincoln, William Wilberforce, John Jay, Thomas Paine, et cetera, contributed heavily to the abolitionist effort, without which there still might be slavery in America today.
But if so many Black leaders and followers habitually tweet the line of blanket condemnation of the entire white race for all of the black people's problems, then why should it come as a surprise that a white person would indiscriminately take out his anger on the entire black race for what a few specific black people did to his father?