So sayeth the former Bulldog
Former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, the ex-University of Georgia and National Football League running back, says he has a notion to wake up protesters across the country who want to defund police departments.
"I have an idea," he tweeted last week. "For all these people who don't want any police, I'd love to meet with American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest and make a deal to fly them to countries that don't have police. I want them to be happy!"
Protesters, activist organizations and even some politicians have suggested cities defund police departments after the death of suspect George Floyd at the hand of a white policeman in Minneapolis in late May. The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted earlier this month to "dismantle" the city's police department and focus the money on a community-based public-safety system. The city's Democratic mayor, Jacob Frey, said the next day the department would not be abolished.
Walker, a staunch black conservative, has been an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump and been critical of Democratic policies and politicians.
No good deed goes unpunished
The Democratic mayor of Oakland, California, recently made the mistake of accusing first and asking questions later. Before the dust had settled, her administration announced a hate crime investigation over nooses in a local park.
"Symbols of racial violence have no place in Oakland and will not be tolerated," Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a prepared statement.
Wait, said a black resident of the city, the ropes were part of an exercise course he helped set up.
"Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by," said Victor Sengbe, "no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create. It's unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to have a good time got misinterpreted into something so heinous."
Shaaf's response was emblematic of problems in the culture today. She assumed the worst. She had to start with the assumption it related to a hate crime, she said.
"Intentions don't matter when it comes to terrorizing the public," she said. "It is incumbent on all of us to know the actual history of racial violence, of terrorism, that a noose represents and that we as a city must remove these terrorizing symbols from the public view."
Her parks and recreation director even took aim at the black resident, whose intent was to help others.
"The symbolism of the rope hanging in the tree is malicious regardless of intent," said Nicholas Williams. "It's evil, and it symbolizes hatred."
Why people are down on media
The numbers are in, and it should shock no one biased or unbiased: Between March 4, when Joe Biden all but locked up the Democratic nomination for president, and May 31, the broadcast networks of ABC, CBS and NBC racked up 474 evaluative comments about President Trump on the network evening news, with 445 comments — 94% — being negative, according to Media Research Center. Of 85 evaluative comments on Biden, 39% were positive and 61% negative.
Trump, as president, naturally received more time than Biden on the broadcasts, 525 minutes to 75 minutes. But the networks made a concerted effort to minimize Biden's scandals, spending a combined 23.5 minutes on the allegation of his sexual assault of a staffer in the 1990s (less than the amount of time the networks spent on his allegations of touching women in 2019), spending three minutes, 16 seconds on his "you ain't black" gaffe (less than the 13 minutes they spent on his 2019 comments about buddying up to Democrat segregationist senators in the 1990s) and a scant 62 seconds on his request in the waning days of the Obama administration to "unmask" incoming Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Have the supposedly nonpartisan networks decided their presidential favorite? You bet.
Now she knows
Mayor Cheryl Selby of Olympia, Washington, joined the legions of the woke recently when she announced she was all for the Black Lives Matter protests across the country following the death of George Floyd.
"Let me be clear," she said, adding that she would not declare a curfew. "The City of Olympia supports the peaceful protests that highlight the racial injustices black people continue to endure at the hands of police in the United States."
Selby was all for the protests, that is, until vandals came to her house last weekend, chanted "abolish the police" and spray-painted her front door and her front porch with "BLM," "racist" and "abolish."
She wasn't home when the damage occurred but was quickly notified by neighbors. Now she's not so sure what to think, but she's not very full of love for those who damaged her home.
"I"m really trying to process this," she said. "It's like domestic terrorism. It's unfair."