It would be wise to learn to laugh at the absurdity of contemporary American life, if the situation wasn't so deadly serious. Remember a prior entry entitled "Can there be a peace?" - and think about the implications of what was learned in that post when you consider two stories that, coincidentally, broke the same day.
We talked before about the "Beat Whitey Night" that took place in Iowa, an event that is quickly being downgraded in importance and even classified by the police in Des Moines as a non-event:
Attacks on white people are non-events, unworthy of police investigation. Taking over a Wal-Mart PA system and demanding that "Black people please leave the store" as a joke is, of course, cause for national media attention.
Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw reassigned her department's spokeswoman Thursday, two weeks after Sgt. Lori Lavorato said it was "very possible" fights near the Iowa State Fairgrounds had racial overtones.
The move came as a part of a series of police command assignment changes announced to officers by e-mail Thursday, the details of which have not been made public.
Bradshaw, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, raised concerns about statements Lavorato made after a series of fights outside the fairgrounds last month.
A supplemental report about the Aug. 20 incident filed by Sgt. Dave Murillo said, "On-duty officers at the fairgrounds advise there was a group of 30 to 40 individuals roaming the fairgrounds openly calling it 'beat whitey night.' "
While answering questions from the news media three days later, Lavorato said, "It's all under investigation, but it's very possible it has racial overtones."
Scores of Black people assaulting white people in Iowa, again, is an event unworthy of an open police file, as it would be a misappropriation of funds better suited for the inevitable prank that places Black people in an uncomfortable place
And we aren't talking about the back seat of a Volkswagen.
The news of the Des Moines police downgrading the attack as a non-event broke on the day Machete came out in theaters nationwide. You can read a better synopsis of the film on other sites, but we'll call it a fun movie with buckets of blood, hilarious one-liners, over-the-top violence and an intriguing story.
Oh, it's also a movie that openly calls for race war by Mexicans against white people. Sure, the movie has hilarious, cartoonish death scenes and laughable kills, but this film masquerades as a comedy, but is a race war film.
We'll write more about Machete later, but the docility of illegal immigrants and Hispanics is a thing of the past in this film, thanks to an organization known as "The Network" that openly agitates and prepares for a looming race war between Brown and everyone else.
Black people have already been displaced in this war, losing parts of California to these invaders. In the movie, only one Black actor can be seen and he is of minor importance to the story. The real deal is whitey vs. "The Network" and it becomes clear who wins this war early in the film.
Machete is required viewing for all people who read this blog. Required.
What do these seemingly unrelated stories have in common? We'll let those who comment here come to their own conclusion.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend.