A busy Wednesday—much progress on the book in the morning, then a pleasant social-distanced lunch on my pal Eric's back porch. In the afternoon, an interview for a future column, a quick 30 laps at the Y, and answering emails—is it possible to cheese off BOTH Fox News right wingers AND social justice radicals at the same time? Apparently so (the former didn't like that I seemed not to hold African-Americans responsible for every bad thing that goes on in their lives; the latter didn't like that I would address the topic at all).
After dinner, this email came in, which was a more polite form of the Foxers. Polite enough to warrant a reply. Perhaps having polished my patter throughout the day, I achieved, I thought, a kind of purity in concision. Besides, it's all I've got.
The reader, Jim, we'll shield his last name, writes:
You'll have to forgive me. I know it's been awhile. I was glad to see someone finally touch on an area that many of us find very hard to understand. Before you dismiss me as part of the Fox Nation or a Trump cultist, let me assure you that I am neither. I do not consider the former to be a legitimate news outlet nor the later to be worthy or competent for the high office he holds. That does not stop me from being troubled by the fact that there are thousands of young black men killed by other young black men in urban areas across this country every year with very little outrage or demonstrations for change in the black communities that are most affected. But let just one of these young black men die at the hands of a rouge cop and you have thousands marching in protest wanting to shut down large parts of metropolitan areas and they don't seem overly concerned about the criminal elements that use their protests as a front to loot, trash and try to create anarchy. What is wrong with this picture?
I was just as appalled at the death of George Floyd as was the rest of the country but I am even more appalled by the shear numbers of senseless deaths that take place in Black Communities across this country every single day. Most of the time we never even get to know their names. They disappear from our streets without any fanfare or adoration. Once in awhile a story will appear for a day or two about a three year old killed by a stray bullet or two cousins killed in the same bloody weekend in Chicago. But the stories soon fade with no outrage or condemnation or protests for the kind of change that needs to come from within the Black Community. So hard to understand.
I hope you are well and keeping safe.