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Refusing to Flash The Gang Sign

by baldilocks

Today’s funded dis­rup­tion of peace hap­pened in Char­lottesville, VA. At least one death has occurred – a dri­ver inten­tion­ally plowed a vehi­cle into a large group of pedestrians.

Peo­ple want to know how I “feel” about it, or at least they claim to want to know that.

From what I can see, I’m sup­posed to pub­licly con­demn one of the par­tic­i­pa­tory groups in this deadly farce, whether it’s the White Nation­al­ists, ANTIFA, or BLM.

I have writ­ten more than once about the lat­ter two, and one can log­i­cally assume that I do not sub­scribe to the ide­ol­ogy of the for­mer. So, when peo­ple ask me what I think about all this, I am sus­pi­cious, as if they are giv­ing me an oppor­tu­nity to flash the sign of which gang I belong to. To attack or not to attack? Crips or Bloods?

Peo­ple have even become angry with me today because I haven’t been all-​Charlottesville all-​the-​time since the crack of dawn. I’ve been resist­ing putting forth another opin­ion piece or rail­ing against vio­lence or lament­ing the dead because:

  • I despise virtue-​signaling, shame-​mongering, and poorly tar­geted poo-​flinging, and, most importantly,
  • Most protests and riots are inten­tion­ally seeded – with death and destruc­tion being fea­tures rather than bugs.

The fun­ders of multi-​act plays like this, like Bal­ti­more, and like Fer­gu­son hope that most of us are busy hound­ing each other over mean­ing­less ide­o­log­i­cal purity tests, defend­ing indi­vid­ual honor, and point­ing fin­gers. That makes hid­ing sen­si­tive actions eas­ier. What kind of actions? I don’t know, but I pre­fer to wait and watch.

And I am not a mem­ber of your gang.

UPDATE: Two more dead.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

Today’s funded disruption of peace happened in Charlottesville, VA.  At least one death has occurred – a driver intentionally plowed a vehicle into a large group of pedestrians.

People want to know how I “feel” about it, or at least they claim to want to know that.

From what I can see, I’m supposed to publicly condemn one of the participatory groups in this deadly farce, whether it’s the White Nationalists, ANTIFA, or BLM.

I have written more than once about the latter two, and one can logically assume that I do not subscribe to the ideology of the former. So, when people ask me what I think about all this, I am suspicious, as if they are giving me an opportunity to flash the sign of which gang I belong to. To attack or not to attack? Crips or Bloods?

People have even become angry with me today because I haven’t been all-Charlottesville all-the-time since the crack of dawn. I’ve been resisting putting forth another opinion piece or railing against violence or lamenting the dead because:

  • I despise virtue-signaling, shame-mongering, and poorly targeted poo-flinging, and, most importantly,
  • Most protests and riots are intentionally seeded – with death and destruction being features rather than bugs.

The funders of multi-act plays like this, like Baltimore, and like Ferguson hope that most of us are busy hounding each other over meaningless ideological purity tests, defending individual honor, and pointing fingers. That makes hiding sensitive actions easier. What kind of actions? I don’t know, but I prefer to wait and watch.

And I am not a member of your gang.

UPDATE: Two more dead.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!