It seems I was perhaps 14 years old when there were riots in The South during the forced integration of public schools. I have no personal recollections of this, only vaguely recalling the torching of buildings and it seems someone being killed.
In June or July of this year, whatever month it was that George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, the gentleman above in tan suit organized a protest in honor or behalf of Trayvon Martin in the old River Oaks community in Houston. I have friends in River Oaks who may very well have agreed that George Zimmerman should have been convicted of manslaughter, although I have not discussed this with friend’s there. River Oaks, like Highland Park in Dallas, at one time was a mix of Republicans and Democrats. Based on personal contacts within both communities, I suspect it is becoming ever more difficult for Democrats to convince folks in these communities that they deserve any support, much less registration as a card-carrying party member.
My assumption is that the black protesters believe “Master” continues to live in River Oaks. What is laughable is you would not find anyone living in River Oaks who has any desire whatsoever to own a black African, even though — as I said — these folk seem to believe “Master” continues to live there.
At about the age I was when the riots occurred, dad and I were on a hunting trip late one fall on Georgia’s coastal plane. Dad stopped the Jeep we were in, stood up in his seat, and pissed off to the side. My immediate question was, “dad, why did you do that?” His reply was, “because your mother is not around and I can.” I have of course told one version of a story oft told when father’s are with sons. It illustartes something that I suspect the protesters are lacking. That is that bond that is so familiar to young men when dad is around, which goes further by illustrating the influence of mothers even when dad and son are afar off.
Isn’t it a greater comment on the protester who comes into a community to protest “because he can” than a supportive demonstration of any cause he thought he would champion? The nose may be terribly wide but they still cannot see beyond the end of it.