Needless to say, I made it to the scene where the white married couple have a heated argument about going upstairs to join the rest of the fledgling group of survivors or stay in the cellar.
Then mom came down, saw what was in the VCR and immediately junked it.
I bring this story up because every so often I remember the initial thrill of watching Night of the Living Dead and instantly realizing how much fun it would be to live in a world where the emergency broadcasting system wasn't giving a test, but actually warning citizens of some ongoing disaster and that those in authority were desperately trying to bring the situation under control.
But until this occurred, it was best if you stayed inside...
It hit me today, when reading the story of the "successful" month-long stint black Pastor John Girton spent in a tent to protest black on black violence in Indianapolis, that the black population of America lives in a world where the emergency broadcasting system is literally going off 24/7/365.
Civilization has broken down, with complete anarchy seemingly only one moment away (usually, that moment is the attempt to maintain - not even restore - civilization, as Officer Darren Wilson found out when he tried to get Michael Brown to walk on the sidewalk and not down Canfield Drive...).
In our world, zombies are only the stuff of fiction; but in our world, there exist creatures capable of far greater destruction than the zombie and even worse, we not only keep them fed with our redistributed tax dollars, but we finance the breeding more of them too.
With the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future being celebrated toward the end of this month, you'd be hard-pressed to convince someone in 1955 (the pivotal year the first film revolves around) or even 1985 that the apocalypse hadn't happened in 2015 when they were shown the following story. [Westside pastor strikes tent in campout for peace, Fox 59 Indianapolis, OCTOBER 4, 2015]:
As IMPD homicide detectives were responding to the discovery of the city’s latest murder victim on the eastside, a westside minister was striking a tent he has lived in for a month in a campout for peace.
Pastor John Girton of Christ Missionary Baptist Church spent 30 days sleeping in a tent pitched on a patch of grass next to an asphalt parking lot at West 30th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Street.
“The Bible says we would have days like this and we would have months like this and so we have to recognize what do we do when we have months like this,” Pastor Girton told more than 100 neighbors and supporters who turned out to mark the end of his urban camping vigil.
Democratic Mayor Candidate Joe Hogsett was among those in attendance.
“He slept for 30 days,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. “He heard all the sounds. He saw all the issues. He felt all the pain.”
Victims Advocate Clarrisa Patton spent much of the last month by Pastor Girton’s side and said she often heard gunshots in the ANWAR community.
“I did on a couple occasions,” she said. “But you know what I think? Because we were present here, because the pastor was present here, maybe there was so many that we didn’t hear. Maybe there were many that didn’t take place just because of his presence.”
A fellow minister hammered a white cross into the ground to remember the city’s latest homicide victim whose death was reported even at the rally began.
“This has got to be a movement,” Hite reminded the crowd. “It cannot be law enforcement alone.”
The intersection where Pastor Girton chose to campout has been especially hard hit with economic setbacks as neighboring Double 8 Foods and Chase Bank recently closed their doors.
“We need a way to survive within our own surroundings,” said Patton. “If you’re a single mom and you don’t have a car, where you going to go to the grocery store? We talk about finances and get our money together. How we going to do that without a local bank?”
Patton said she hoped the lessons the community learned about the need for jobs and drug counseling and mentoring programs would continue after the tent came down.Pastor Girton's symbolic act of pitching a tent to bring awareness to almost exclusively black-in-origin violence in Indianapolis was almost overshadowed by the actions of Pastor Anthony Pippens, who put a black mannequin in a coffin with the sign "Who's Next." [Pastor: "Black on black" violence must stop, WTHR.com, 9-1-15]
Civilization has broken down, with complete anarchy seemingly only one moment away...
What was a childhood fantasy (influenced by watching Night of Living Dead) is a daily reality for black people in America, because that is the type of "community" individual black people can collective create in the absence of whites.
That's why Indianapolis needed not one, but two anti-violence rallies on October 4, 2015...
13 WTHR Indianapolis