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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