Tomorrow’s Cookout Invaders

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Tomorrow's Cookout Invaders

by baldilocks

There was a time – dur­ing the Old West period, at least accord­ing to the movies — when inter­rupt­ing a meal would result in lead poi­son­ing for the inter­rupter. I’m glad those days are over, but as with all good things, there are side effects.

My par­ents didn’t answer the phone dur­ing the din­ner hour and, even now, I won’t call any­one between seven and eight-​thirty in the evening unless they request it. But it appears that atti­tude is an anachronism.

The fact that the state frowns on sum­mary exe­cu­tion of the rude plus the gen­eral decline in old-​school man­ners has had a cumu­la­tive effect.

When Barack Obama was Pres­i­dent, we saw “Black Brunch” activists protest the “white­ness” of New York City brunch crowds by hover over the tables of the latter.

Now that Don­ald Trump is Pres­i­dent, we have mem­bers of his admin­is­tra­tion being harassed and tossed out of restau­rants, includ­ing the lat­est one, EPA admin­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt.

And, for tomor­row, Inde­pen­dence Day, this is planned:

In Raleigh and Durham, North Car­olina, social jus­tice activists are telling their fol­low­ers to boy­cott the Fourth of July this year, not to buy hot dogs or fire­works, and even to crash other people’s cook­outs. They say they refuse to cel­e­brate until Amer­ica addresses what they see as endemic racism; one referred to the cur­rent cli­mate as “Trump terror.”

Durham min­is­ter and activist Paul Scott, who has reit­er­ated his call to boy­cott the Fourth for weeks, said, “I hope it’s going to start a chain reaction.” (…)

Scott was echoed in Raleigh at a meet­ing of social jus­tice advo­cates by com­mu­nity activist Diana Pow­ell, who opined, “This is some­thing that every­body can par­tic­i­pate in.” Before the meet­ing, Pow­ell stated on Face­book Live, “We want to know what your address is — because we’re gonna be crash­ing cook­outs that day.”

Empha­sis mine.

Unfor­tu­nately, I’m too far away – 3000 miles – to trail these geniuses to see what the response will be when they crash NC rit­ual grillings of meat. Peo­ple take their bar­be­cue cel­e­bra­tions seri­ously, espe­cially on July 4th. I could use some schadenfreude-​borne entertainment.

Seri­ously though, who thinks that peo­ple like these North Car­olina activists are bit­ing off more than they will be able chew — no pun intended?

There’s some­thing com­pletely unciv­i­lized about inter­rupt­ing a meal for any non-​emergency rea­son, much less to harass strangers about their pol­i­tics. It feels like an inva­sion of one’s being, which is prob­a­ble why it was pun­ished so harshly in the Wild West.

If this sort of thing expands, as it appears to be doing, some­one is going to revert to the ways of the Old West. And I’m under no illu­sion that these activists thought up the cook­out inva­sion plan them­selves. Who­ever put them up to it is count­ing on some esca­la­tion of violence.

My advice: leave peo­ple alone when they’re eat­ing. Or just leave peo­ple alone, period.

But we all know that the Left wouldn’t be the Left, if they weren’t con­stantly veer­ing into a lane not their own.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

There was a time – during the Old West period, at least according to the movies — when interrupting a meal would result in lead poisoning for the interrupter. I’m glad those days are over, but as with all good things, there are side effects.

My parents didn’t answer the phone during the dinner hour and, even now, I won’t call anyone between seven and eight-thirty in the evening unless they request it. But it appears that attitude is an anachronism.

The fact that the state frowns on summary execution of the rude plus the general decline in old-school manners has had a cumulative effect.

When Barack Obama was President, we saw “Black Brunch” activists protest the “whiteness” of New York City brunch crowds by hover over the tables of the latter.

Now that Donald Trump is President, we have members of his administration being harassed and tossed out of restaurants, including the latest one, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

And, for tomorrow, Independence Day, this is planned:

In Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, social justice activists are telling their followers to boycott the Fourth of July this year, not to buy hot dogs or fireworks, and even to crash other people’s cookouts. They say they refuse to celebrate until America addresses what they see as endemic racism; one referred to the current climate as “Trump terror.”

Durham minister and activist Paul Scott, who has reiterated his call to boycott the Fourth for weeks, said, “I hope it’s going to start a chain reaction.” (…)

Scott was echoed in Raleigh at a meeting of social justice advocates by community activist Diana Powell, who opined, “This is something that everybody can participate in.” Before the meeting, Powell stated on Facebook Live, “We want to know what your address is — because we’re gonna be crashing cookouts that day.”

Emphasis mine.

Unfortunately, I’m too far away – 3000 miles – to trail these geniuses to see what the response will be when they crash NC ritual grillings of meat. People take their barbecue celebrations seriously, especially on July 4th. I could use some schadenfreude-borne entertainment.

Seriously though, who thinks that people like these North Carolina activists are biting off more than they will be able chew — no pun intended?

There’s something completely uncivilized about interrupting a meal for any non-emergency reason, much less to harass strangers about their politics. It feels like an invasion of one’s being, which is probable why it was punished so harshly in the Wild West.

If this sort of thing expands, as it appears to be doing, someone is going to revert to the ways of the Old West. And I’m under no illusion that these activists thought up the cookout invasion plan themselves. Whoever put them up to it  is counting on some escalation of violence.

My advice: leave people alone when they’re eating. Or just leave people alone, period.

But we all know that the Left wouldn’t be the Left, if they weren’t constantly veering into a lane not their own.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-GoDaddy host!

Or hit Juliette’s!