The topic of today's post is the subject matter of this post from Spartan Considerations. If you haven't read it by now, then you should.
I agree with everything in Sparty's post. I had a temptation to walk into the Wilde Lake CVS yesterday, grab a bottle of shampoo or, dare I say, a box of Twinkies, and head for the exit just to see what would happen. I didn't, because 1)It kinda would've been adding insult to injury; 2)There is a chance someone would've went all Buford Pusser in "Walking Tall" and whacked me with a 2 by 4; and 3)Ultimately, I know nothing would've happened.
It occurred to me yesterday, as I thought about the Wilde Lake CVS incident, that this occurred one village center over from the now-legendary (not in a good way) #OneHoward public meeting of November 2016. Still waiting for that second meeting, by the way. Though I am aware of their website and that they have helped sponsor some community events. (off topic, there are a lot of things the County Executive promised in 2014 that never came to be. Where is HowardStat, for example? If I'd heard that once on the campaign trail I heard about it 500 times. And he also said he'd never play politics in county processes and showing favorites towards his buddies. Don't think that's worked out, either.) And so this assault happening in Wilde Lake tells me that whatever good the county has done in terms of improving race relations, it obviously isn't good enough.
Let me be unequivocal. Harassment, assault, or any other action committed against another person based on that person's race or ethnicity is wrong. It is never OK.
Except, in this culture, it remains OK. And what sticks in my head is a question posted of the County Exec at the famous #OneHoward meeting, which asked him what is he going to do to protect people of color against injustice on the Federal level? The question was asked in the context of immigration, but the inference in the question was, all people of color?
County Executive Kittleman answered that it was way too premature to discuss that yet. After all, he said, the new President had yet to be sworn in, so why speculate on something that may or may not happen.
I know the County Executive reads this blog, at least from time to time. So-- hey there, Allan. Is now a good time to answer that question? I guess you don't think so, since of the time of this writing there's nothing on the County website, nor on your campaign website, about it. That's unfortunate. And telling.
The silence is unacceptable-- I'd rather see a response I don't care for than none at all-- and very telling. In this place where the Stars and Bars still fly over some front yards (except for the place on 144 that actually uses the CSA national flag) despite all the crowing about the high quality of life and the affluent, educated populace-- we still have a long way to go before each person can be recognized as equal to every other person. Yeah, I get it-- race is the issue Republicans on any level don't wanna talk about politically. Of all the dog whistles, it's the dogwhistliest. Except to talk about how all of MS-13 is coming to slit the mens' throats, rape all the women, and take all the children away to sell them into slavery. That fits their Crazy Right narrative. Where does our County Executive stand within that narrative? A fair question and one that needs to be answered. Without the words "my dad" involved. But so far the County Executive, as well as the Governor, have been given a pass on this issue. That can not continue, especially as both of their opponents are people of color.
About ten years ago, some doofus writing a blog called HoCo "The land of milk and honey" as a derisive terms towards its inherent contradictions and faux exceptionalism. Sadly, the term still holds true.
Let's be careful out there.#hocopolitics #CVS #WildeLake #ColumbiaMD #hocodems #hocoGOP