In a recent post, I mentioned some new poetry books I purchased (HERE). One of the books is The Tradition by Jericho Brown, the 2020 Pulitizer Prize for poetry. Based on recent headlines, I thought I would re-post the very powerful poem which gives Brown's collection its name and dedicate it to the memory of George Floyd, recently murdered by police officers in Minneapolis.
Of course, there was yet another story in the news this week related to the tragic tradition of cutting down lives of people of color. A "Karen," an angry entitled white woman by the name of Amy Cooper, called 911 from Central Park in New York and fabricated a story about "an African-American man threatening my life" -- simply because the man asked her to leash her dog in an area that requires all dogs to be leashed.
Check out "Amy Cooper Knew Exactly What She Was Doing," HERE.
Earlier today, I saw a tweet: "What is the collective noun for a group of Karens?" In addition to the ones mentioned in the tweet (shown at the right), here are some of the other suggestions:
* A Murder of Karens
* A Complaint of Karens
* A Klump of Karens
* A Klandemic of Karens
* An Annoyance of Karens
* A Victimhood of Karens
* A Phone of Karens
* A Koven of Karens
* A Shriek of Karens
* A Shit-fit of Karens
* A Hoard of Karens
* A Privilege of Karens
* A Klux of Karens
* A Kook of Karens
* A Rage of Karens
* A MAGA of Karens
Which ones are your favorites?
Some other parting thoughts related to these stories:
* Police in Minneapolis have clashed with protesters two nights in a row now, and they've used flash grenades and tear gas on the crowds. Isn't it interesting, though, that white men armed to the teeth with automatic weapons recently stormed various state houses in capital cities across the country, and they were allowed to roam freely without any opposition? And the so-called president of the Collected States of America tweeted that these white male terrorists should "LIBERATE" certain states. He said they were "fine people" and that Governors should meet with them and give in to their demands. Hmm. I wonder what would happen if similarly fine individuals armed with AR-15s were to storm the White House and demand that Trump put down his phone and actually work on national policy that would protect individuals' rights?
Below left: Police use tear gas against protestors after George Floyd was murdered. Below right: Not a policeman in site when white male terrorists, armed to their teeth, protest in state capitols.
* These stories also come just after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Did you know that a "Christian" group on Facebook sprang up in support of the murderers of Ahmaud Arbery? They said that Arbery didn't "comply with simple commands" from the two vigilantes. Hmm. I wonder if the two of them would have complied with simple commands from Ahmaud if he had asked them to stop and/or identify themselves? Believe me, I know the answer to that question.
* By the way, in the shadow of all of this, the illegal insider-trading on the part of Senator Kelly Loeffler has been closed by Trump's Department of "Justice." Oh -- her husband gave a million dollar donation to Trump's Super PAC before the case was closed. Go figure.