Five white police officers in Dallas died Friday from sniper fire during a “Black Lives Matter” protest on Friday night, several others were severely wounded, and over the weekend it became clear that America’s always contentious race relations are in an especially worrisome state.
The unforgivable evil in Dallas was precluded by a couple of fresh “viral” videos that undeniably documented the deaths of young black men at the hands of non-black police in questionable circumstances in Baton Rouge and a suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metroplex, and was soon followed by riots and casuality-inflicting attacks on the police that occurred in both cities and other jurisdictions that seem to have no particular reason for it. That First Black President of the United States. whose election and re-election were supposed to have wrought a post-racial America, cut short a European visit to speak in Dallas, and he although was initially reluctant to ascribe any motive to a sniper whose Facebook pages clearly expressed an anti-white and anti-law enforcement psychosis, and was instead incline to blame the whole affair on the National Rifle Association, we still hold out some faint hope that he’ll at long last offer a message of post-racial healing.
Both of his would-be successors were conspicuously careful about their response. The presumptive Democratic nominee opened with a “tweet” appropriately mourning the loss of lives in Dallas, but was soon followed with the predictable Democratic remarks about “whiteness” and the rest of the Democratic Party line. The presumptive Republican nominee also “tweeted” about the unforgivable tragedy in Dallas and yet somehow upset some of his most fervent supporters by acknowledging he questionable deaths of the young black men in Baton Rouge and the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs that preceded it.
At this point we have no dog in this fight, and from our thus freed perspective it call seems an awful mess. So far as we can tell that that shooting of the young black man in Baton Rouge seems plausibly justified by the long criminal history of the decedent before the cell phones started recording, and despite our law-and-order inclinations we have to admit the video from the Minneapolis-St.-Paul suburbs looks very bad for the apparently Asian-American officer involved. In any case there’s no forgiving the evil that was visited on five white police officers on Friday, or the casualties that were inflicted on dozens of other police officers with very good reputations over the weekend. We can’t help noticing that all these misfortunes occurred in jurisdictions that have long been ruled Democratic civic governments, and educated by the Democratic-supported teachers unions, but at this point we in the seventh year of the First Black President’s’ administration we don’t see any path to a post-racial America.
— Bud Norman