Capitol Crazies

Yesterday morning I was trying to figure out what kind of blog I was going to write for the day, and I procrastinated until the afternoon. I’m glad I did, because then the craziness at the Capitol happened, and consequently decided my blog topic for me. So, for my blog, I’m going to tie in yesterday’s coup attempt with an incident from my college days.

At some point in the late 1990’s, myself and 2 other friends had a very nice movie night, and when it was over, I left with the one friend and we all said good night, but as we were walking to our cars, my friend and I thought it would be fun to scare our remaining friend by sneaking back up his drive and creeping into his garage. Our friend’s apartment was over the garage, so we thought it would be funny to make a bunch of noise in his garage and make him come out to investigate and then scare him. Well, we scared him alright, because unbeknownst to us, while we were making noise in the garage, he was calling the campus police. When our friend didn’t come down, we decided to give up and just leave. We opened the garage door and exited just in time to see 2 policemen running at us, and one of them had his gun pointed at us!

Well, luckily our scared friend was watching from his window, and when he realized it was us, immediately came out and explained that it was “all a big misunderstanding.” The only thing that happened to us was we got a stern lecture from the cop that had pointed his gun at us.

Fast forward to yesterday… When I was watching the coverage of people breaking into the Capitol, the most important law making center on the planet, I kept thinking, why aren’t the police using deadly force? Aren’t you allowed to shoot someone breaking into the CAPITOL??? And then it dawned on me that they were not being shot for the same reason that I was not shot. WHITE SKIN. They weren’t shot because they were white. It’s starting to get through my thick head black readers. White people have an unfair advantage, an unfair privilege, a “no shooting pass” if we get out of control. If that had been a mob of black people breaking into the Capitol do you think there would have only been 4 fatalities? Of course not. It would have been a bloodbath. So, I don’t know where to go from here. I’m just stating the obvious. I hope in 2021, the people that would incite violence and do violence for no reason will fade away and hide in some dark little hole, so that the rest of us can do great things for our neighbors and our country. We have to improve and we have to unite. Thank you for reading my 55th blog.

Mark Inglis

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