I went online this morning in search of some dipshittery to post, because, man, does the world need some dipshittery at the moment. Reality is far too real.
This post isn't dipshittery, though.
A conservative friend of mine posted the following video on Facebook today. Nearly 15 and a half million people - and counting - have watched it. In it, black country star Coffey Anderson presents a very earnest tutorial on how to behave if one is pulled over by a police officer.
It's all probably very good advice, and I have no doubt that Anderson has the very best of intentions. Hell, this might even help some people.
My overwhelming impression, though? This doesn't apply to me. I'm a white guy. By the accident of the amount of melanin in my skin, I don't need to worry about a police officer with the power to end my life being threatened by my existence.
That's the base truth. And I don't have the first fucking clue how to change that. I'm generally an optimistic dude at heart, but I'm feeling pretty goddamned depressed about the state of our national racial affairs. We're all talking at and past each other, we hear the things that bolster our arguments, we ignore the things that run counter to them, and far too few people are offering solutions.
This is not a zero sum game. Nobody needs to win if others lose. The very best tweet I saw in the morass of awful social media takes was offered by a woman named Erin Simpson, who said, "I don't want black men shot at traffic stops. I don't want cops shot by snipers. I don't want kids shot at school. I don't want any of this." 63,000 people retweeted her. But that's about all we did. And that's about all we'll do.
Have a terrific weekend.
Someone post something stupid.