Thursday, July 21, 2011
The other day I overheard a businessman leaving a voicemail. It went something like, "Hi, Joe, please call me so that we can schedule an interactive telephone conference." "Wow," I said, "are you guys going to Skype or something?"
"Huh? Oh, no, " he replied, "we're going to talk on the phone." And I whistled. I was impressed. I mean, who says "call me" when you can say so much more?
Anyway, here's a nice little piece of government work for your edification, replete with great big bureaucratic words. Thanks for paying to make it, all you taxpaying fair maidens.
Now see there, what did I tell you? Our big government is smart. Creating new words like "elicitation" and showing us how bad guys set about "aquiring" information. Sure, that's a big [SIC], but so what? If it's close enough for government work, it's close enough for me.
Anyhow, notice how every person who "sees something" and "says something" is a minority. In fact, all -- but one -- are black.
The first watchful citizen to appear is a black man. He walks into an empty parking garage late at night, astutely observes that the security camera has just been covered up with spray-paint, and spots a suspicious white van occupied by two white guys parked nearby, engine running.
But does our hero turn around and go back into the building? Nah. It's more like those babysitter horror movies, where the teenage girl keeps opening closet after closet, looking for the bad guy.
So the petrified black businessman just keeps on walking to his car while Jawsy music plays in the background. Finally we can sigh with relief when, secure in his car, the man calls the police on his cell phone.
So why does our government show a black man acting foolishly? No one with half a brain would keep walking into that parking lot.
And why are only minorities -- mostly no-Afro blacks, at that -- picking up the phone to call in the odd behavior of long-haired white guys? Is our government implying that blacks are inherently suspicious of the police and trying, in this "educational" video, to change their thinking? Or suggesting the only intelligent bad guys are all white?
And what are we to make of an unseen white male's repeated mention of "fusion centers." The white authority figure assures us in a strong, yet soothing voice that the information we report will be relayed to a fusion center. What the hell is that? Some ebony-citizenry/ivory-military harmony play?
I'm just sayin' the whole thing seems racist to me. And that you paid for it.
Well, I best get back to my beachitating, or ya'll will start commentating that I've been cogitating too long, got the sunstroke or something, that I'm all disorientated and elicitating.
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