Hundreds of thousands of similar names you've never heard, like Raymond Widstrand, provide ingredients for the asphalt paving the road of good intentions.
|Tomorrow is another country: Attacked by 50 black people in Minneapolis, Raymond Widstrand is just another causality in a nameless war that rages from sea-to-shining-sea|
Millions of names at this point, that when combined together don't have the impact of four simple syllables: Trayvon Martin.
"But if the races were reversed..." stop with that silly canard.
Don't complain about 'double standards'.
Raymond Widstrand is a white sacrifice, like so many white women, white men, white seniors, and white children before him, who must stand testament to the Biblical concept of "the sins of the father" being revisited on subsequent generations.
The future of Minneapolis, of the entire state of Minnesota, is no longer that of the Prairie View Home Companion; it's the Ghetto Home Companion.
Raymond Widstrand had to learn this the hard way. [St. Paul Man Fights For Life After Being Beaten By Several People, CBS Minnesota, 8-9-13]:
Twenty-six-year-old Raymond Widstrand was walking on Payne Avenue Sunday evening when he came across a large group of people, who were watching a fight.
Police say it happened Aug. 4, 2013, at about 11:30 p.m. When police arrived, Widstrand was on the ground with his legs and arms spread out. Blood was coming from his nose and mouth.
His pants were off and his shirt torn.
Police questioned several people who were on the scene. One witness told police she had been a party at an address on Preble, near Minnehaha Avenue in St Paul.
She said that some of the girls at the party started fighting outside, and everyone came out to watch.
While this was happening, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County, she saw a young white man walking into the crowd.
The witness said she saw a person, she called “Bay Bay” hit the man in the head, knocking him down.
She also told police that she saw another man begin stomping the man. Another pulled his pants off.
Sgt. Paul Paulos says it’s a senseless crime.
“He is still alive and is day-by-day,” Paulos said.
The witness told police the man was hit and beaten for no reason. She also identified the attackers as being with the “East Side Boys” or “Ham Crazy.”
Issac O’Neal Maiden, 19, is charged in Ramsey County with assault for committing a crime for the benefit of a gang.
Police say as of Aug. 8, the prognosis for recovery is slight. Should he live, he will suffer permanent and protracted loss of brain functionIf tomorrow is another country, yesterday was another civilization.
|Published in Time almost exactly 40 years ago, this issue immortalizes a Minnesota from a different civilization|
A civilization where Raymond Widstrand would have thrived.
Steve Sailer noted what life was like in Minnesota back in 1973, when Time magazine ran a cover-story (by fate, it was released on August 13, 1973 -- forty years ago) with the title, "The Good Life in Minnesota":
The good life
If the American good life has anywhere survived in some intelligent equilibrium, it may be in Minnesota. It is a state where a residual American secret still seems to operate. Some of the nation's more agreeable qualities are evident there: courtesy and fairness, honesty, a capacity for innovation, hard work, intellectual adventure and responsibility.
Politics is almost unnaturally clean -- no patronage, virtually no corruption. The citizens are well educated: the high school dropout rate, 7.6 percent, is the nation's lowest. Minnesotans are remarkably civil: their crime rate is the third lowest in the nation (after Iowa and Maine). By a combination of political and cultural tradition, geography and sheer luck, Minnesota nurtures an extraordinarily successful society.
Minnesota has its drawbacks. ... Unemployment outside the Twin Cities area is troublesome, and personal income taxes are the highest in the nation. ... Some argue that Minnesota works a bit too well and too blandly, that its comparatively open and serene population is a decade or two behind the rest of the U.S. ...
Minnesota's people are overwhelmingly white (98 percent), most of them solidly rooted in the middle class. Blacks rioted in Minneapolis in 1966 and 1967, but with only 1 percent of the state's population, they have not yet forced Minnesotans into any serious racial confrontation. Or at least, not apocalyptic confrontation. ... Two black state legislators were elected last fall from predominantly white middle-class suburban districts.
Minnesotans sometimes point to themselves as the reason for the state's success.Tomorrow is another country, where the Raymond Widstrand's of the world represent just another causality paving the road of good intentions.
"You just don't have people barking at you when you're walking down the street or sitting in a restaurant," says Jim Johnson, a former Princeton instructor and Muskie campaign worker who recently moved back home.
But if tomorrow is another country, yesterday was a different civilization.