Mike Plaisted wants to know why I - and some others - haven't written about gunplay at a country music festival in Oshkosh:
But, nothing. Not from Sykes, McBride, Robinson – even the often-thoughtful Esenberg. Forget the weekend – if this had happened with black people in Milwaukee on Saturday, they would have all left their Sunday picnics to wring their hands over their keyboards about the sad community in which they don’t live. All of the above had a field day over the attack on a motorist by stupid kids after the Juneteenth celebration on Thursday. That unfortunate event played right into their – yes – racist tripe about how bad things are in the City and how only Clarence Thomas wannabees like Sheriff Clarke and the newly-anointed OK-black-guy James Harris can save us, er, them.
Well. I had not heard about the Oshkosh incident and I was not at a picnic. I spent Sunday afternoon taking down some Christmas lights (really) from two trees in my backyard, trying (unsuccessfully) to get a motor scooter started and reading about the 1908 baseball season. I doubt that there is much that could have pried me away from that.
But there is a bit of an obvious difference between this and the stuff that I have been concerned about. Oshkosh and its residents are not dodging bullets on an almost nightly basis. If the problem following Juneteenth Day was an isolated incident, it wouldn't be so newsworthy. Unfortunately it is not and, objectively, it seems to me to be a larger racial insult to ignore it than to acknowledge that there is a real crisis in which real people (almost all of whom are black) are being killed and injured.
If what happens nearly every weekend in the inner city of Milwaukee happened over any two days in Oshkosh (or Mequon), there would be a police mobilization of biblical proportions. Why do people in the central city deserve less?