|The threat of Black Flash Mobs ruins the Fourth of July|
But now, the images are changing and possible images of the future are bright, untested and thus far unimaginable, just as the swearing in of a black president."He looks like me," cried the unnamed boy on CNN. "The president, he looks like me."
This Fourth of July may be just another chance to get the best view of fireworks for some people; talks about where you can get the best value on ribs and hot dogs; what family member's gossip is the hottest this summer, and classic portraits of babies donned in red, white and blue overalls waving tiny American flags. There's nothing wrong with all that. It's Americana in classic form.
But for Black Americans; whom some prefer to be called African-Americans; this will be a Fourth of July like no other.
The food will taste a little more flavorful, the music certainly more in tune, and the fireworks symbolizing a whole lot more while they glare brighter and stronger along to the Star Spangled Banner.
The summer is better now.
These digitally orchestrated and monolithically black mob attacks only seemed to start after Obama was elected. And they seem devoid of any political message beyond brute, ugly, triumphal racial intimidation through group power and group force. America’s black Attorney General refers to other blacks as “my people” and refuses to prosecute slam-dunk cases of voter intimidation when his peeps are the perps. And all these events are passively enabled by a media that largely sticks its own head up its ass and pretends that everything smells peachy. If anyone complains, even while their teeth are being kicked out of their mouth, they’ll get called the worst word in the world.
Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.
But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.
It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend's home in South Akron.
Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family.The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.
''This was almost like being a terrorist act,'' Marshall said. ''And we allow this to go on in our neighborhoods?''
Wildfire concerns caused by droughts are combining with budget problems to increase the number of Fourth of July fireworks displays called off or in jeopardy of being canceled.
States including Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, California, Arizona and Alabama have banned all outdoor burning in certain areas, as well as the sale and use of fireworks.
The governor's office in Texas has granted 14 requested countywide bans, spokeswoman Lucy Nashed says. That has led to the cancellation of traditional fireworks shows in multiple Texas cities, including Austin and the Lake Travis area.The bad economy also is continuing to fizzle fireworks shows in areas not affected by drought.
A group of University of Florida's media outlets, including the school's radio stations, canceled the fireworks display they have hosted in Gainesville for the past 20 years after more than a half-million dollars was cut from their budget. The cost of the celebration was $30,000 to $40,000, says Randy Wright, executive director of the school's Division of Multimedia Properties.
"We didn't feel like it was the right thing to do … when we are potentially having to lay people off," he says.
Chicago has cut funding for fireworks this year, Chicago Park District spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner says. Elsewhere:
•Cincinnati's annual $30,000 All-American Birthday Party and fireworks display have been canceled because of budget concerns, says Deborah Allison, manager of business services for the city's Park Board.
•A $50,000 celebration in New Britain, Conn., has been canceled for budget reasons, Mayor Timothy Stewart says.
•Jersey City's fireworks display is off for the second consecutive year, says Maryanne Kelleher, director of cultural affairs for the city.
Some people are not letting traditions go without a fight. Brandon Bott,13, of Bloomingdale, N.J., has collected more than 600 signatures he will present to the borough council today in an effort to reinstate canceled fireworks, which Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy says cost $7,000 last year.
"It is important to have the fireworks and events like that because it brings the community together," Bott says. Councilwoman Linda Shortman said she believes the council will consider Bott's petition.
Does the food taste a little more flavorful, the music more in tune, and do the firework symbolize a whole lot more while they glare brighter and stronger along to the Star Spangled Banner? Is the summer better now?