SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK
Okay, so here’s the scenario:
You’re a police officer, guarding an important and highly sensitive government facility during a time of war. It’s a typical busy day with people going back and forth, many waiting in line to go through the security cordon.
Suddenly a woman, instead of stopping to present her ID, simply bypasses security and walks on. You, the police officer, ask her to stop three times, but she ignores you. As you are trained to do, you reach out to place a hand on this person in an attempt to stop her.
Holding an unknown object, she swings out and clobbers you.
Well, what happens next should be obvious. This woman, who has refused to identify herself and tried to walk with impunity around security lines, should be immediately arrested on charges that include, at least, battery to a police officer and resisting law enforcement. Since this is a government installation in a time of war, and the lady’s holding something, she should be controlled very quickly, through the use of nonlethal force if possible, then cuffed, stuffed and booked.
But no. This is Washington, D.C., where everything is, as my friends would say, bass-ackwards. Suddenly the lady (I use that term loosely), who turns out to be Congressman Cynthia McKinney, is wanting to press charges against the police officer because he was doing his job, and telling everyone that it was all because she was black.
What a bunch of crap.
Did you know that the 535 members of Congress are issued a pin that allows them to simply walk around all security points and go their merry way? But McKinney wasn’t wearing her pin, and insists that the police officer should have simply recognized her despite the fact that she’d just had a major change in hairstyle.
I was a security guard for a time, and there were about 500 people at the plant where I worked. No way in heck did I recognize them all. They breezed by twice a day, usually in knots of people who didn’t as much as glance at me. And at the Capital, in addition to the 535 congressmen, there are mobs of assistants, service people, tourists and various hangers-on. Expecting to be recognized at a glance is the height of egotism.
So McKinney, who didn’t wear her pin and ignored requests to stop, has seized on this as a chance to play the “black card”. She held a big press conference, flanked by civil rights “experts”, as well as school children who happened to be in the area, and the actors Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte.
Well, hey, those people are all experts in security matters.
Her attorney said she was a “victim of being in Congress while black.” Huh? To heck with her sex or race – it’s being in Congress that makes her suspicious.
Cynthia McKinney is a racist.
She thinks of life only in terms of race, and sees every slight against her, real or imagined, as an affront to her blackism. If this police officer is white – nobody has bothered to ask, as far as I know – then I can only assume she was ignoring him because she felt it was sweet revenge for the possibility that his great-great-great-great-grandfather owned her great-great-great-great-grandfather.
Let it go, Cynthia. Jefferson Davis is dead. The Confederacy is gone. The new danger is that everything civil rights workers fought toward for generations is being jeopardized by, ironically, a handful of people of color. These people think equal rights means that, if their ancestors were put down, the only way to correct it would be to have not equal rights, but more rights.
But this incident has nothing to do with race, people. This has to do with members of Congress who are so full of themselves, so convinced of their superiority over the “masses” of all colors, that they refuse to obey the very laws of society that they’re supposed to be dedicated to maintaining. What should have happened to her is the exact same thing that would have happened to me if I had blithely marched around the congressional security contingent, and ignored their calls for me to stop.
I would have been cuffed and stuffed, and probably tased, and these days maybe even shot. Let’s not forget that two Capital Hill Police officers were killed by a gunman just eight years ago – which, granted, is an eternity in Washington (two general elections). If I was a cop, my main goal would be to get home to my family every night.
The president of Georgia’s NAACP called the incident a use of excessive force, and I agree entirely; in Indiana it’s a felony to hit a police officer.
The officer should be congratulated for doing his important, dangerous job to the best of his ability.
McKinney should go to jail and, since it should be illegal for a felon to serve in Congress, she should then be summarily booted out of office and replaced by someone who’s color blind.
Oh, and they should take her pin away from her. If they can find it.