The latest from John David Dyche further illustrates why it was a good decision to cut him from the Courier-Journal. It’s as if he believes the entire city is the Pendennis Club and no non-WASPs are allowed.
While Louisvillians obsessed over two basketball teams made up mostly of African-American youths beating their opponents on the court, two other such groups were, in separate incidents, brutally beating innocent bystanders and an unruly man on a bus. March mob madness.
This bitterly ironic contrast and misplaced priorities bring to mind decadent Rome’s “bread and circuses.” Nielsen ratings may make Louisville the capital of the big time college basketball’s billion dollar empire, but its downtown parks and streets are unsafe as another generation of its citizens stares into an abyss already full of pointless deaths and wasted lives.
“It’s not the way we roll in the city,” the mayor said. His attempt to be “hip to the jive”…
The mayor could not have been clearer. If you just play by the rules your input is unwelcome. So either become a community activist or shut up.
Fischer would clearly prefer to keep his focus on bike lanes, Scandinavian-style long-range planning, and, of course, the local option sales tax. After this frightening outbreak of ugly mob violence, however, he is fortunate not to face credible Republican opposition for reelection.
Most media and government spokespeople simply referred to the marauding band as “teens” although videos showed the mob to be made up of African-American youths. Nobody seemed willing to say this in a public statement.
But when someone so adamantly insists on telling you, “This is not about race,” it is probably is about race, at least to some extent. And so it is here.
There is a lot of white crime in Louisville, and much of it is even more reprehensible than these incidents were. And the vast majority of African-Americans in Louisville are exemplary citizens and fine people. But there is simply no denying that the city has a huge crime problem in the African-American community.
The races also now largely share common, coarse, and degrading entertainments, too.
Black people = basketball? Check. Jive lingo? Check. Community activist (aka people like Barack Obama)? Check. Scandinavian (white people)? Check. “Urban” (black) terrorism? Check.
This city’s privileged white folks have been wringing their hands something fierce this week. It’s been surreal to watch.
So let’s get a couple things straight: Growing up in a single-parent household does not make you violent, a criminal or uncontrollable. Throwing out random statistics about black men being absent fathers accomplishes absolutely nothing. Give it a goddamn rest.
This generation of young people is economically and socially oppressed. The ridiculous mouth (finger?) diarrhea from scared, extremely privileged white people like John David Dyche is part of the problem. Instead of focusing on the reality of the racial divide in this city? It serves only to further the divide, the fear, the white flight racism of the 1950s.
Until people like John David check out of public life, this crap will continue. Until people like Greg Fischer realize their extreme wealth makes them 100% disconnected from real life, nothing will change. Until people like Jim King — who has absolutely forgotten his roots and made it very clear to the public that he’s not the same man he was three or four decades ago — stop sitting on their mountain of cash at the head of a government body while proclaiming that there aren’t homeless youth in their districts? Until then, this city gets more of the same. Unrest, fear, sadness, aching youth, bickering, backstabbing, bullshit.
You got what you voted for, Louisville.