Systemic racism? I wouldn’t call that America’s present problem. “Systemic ignorance” comes a lot closer to it -- a wonderful and telling phrase coined by an attorney friend of mine.
On Friday, Killeen resident Javier Kristian Gutierrez was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the September 2019 murder of Kempner resident Vance Henry Helzer.
This year has been one body blow after another to the nation we love. First, there was the coronavirus, and we thought, “How can this get any worse?” Then came the economic shutdown and the incalculable pain and suffering it brought. Next were the riots, the radicals’ unopposed seizure of a section of Seattle and the maniacal efforts throughout the country to defund the police. Now a series of rulings from the “conservative” Supreme Court are wreaking untold havoc on the Constitution and the rule of law.
Across our looted plain, statues are under siege. Smashed. Spray-painted. Shrouded. Expunged. In the name of social justice, we are witnessing the systematic eradication of history. Edifice vigilantes will not rest until all monuments of Western civilization fall. It matters not whether the targets were guilty of the tired old charges of patriarchal oppression and institutional racism. It only matters that marble and granite tributes to dead white men be replaced with “Black Lives Matter” street murals and St. George Floyd altars.
Recently, I’ve been perplexed to see articles on the coronavirus buried on back pages of the newspaper. In the Tuesday, June 16 issue, an article informing people of two new cases (including one hospitalization) as well as the news that an employee at a Lampasas County nursing home has tested positive was literally the final article in the entire paper, right by the crossword puzzle. Likewise, it’s the last story on the website news section.