Peaches & Pits

Peaches to the letter carrier who has twice spotted me out and about, pulled over in his truck, and told me he had a package for me. I’m sorry I didn’t get your name. I must say that, when it comes to service, our post office in Parker is a good one.

Peaches to all law enforcement officers who care about the people they serve and put their lives on the line every day to protect the rest of us. There are so many more of them than there are “bad cops.” These are the officers who deserve and need our support.

Pits to President Donald Trump for using all his old clichés and illogic in the Tulsa rally. Did he really need to call the coronavirus the “Chinese Virus” and “Kung Flu?” Even his own aides said they thought the latter term was offensive. He also wants to cut back on testing for the coronavirus so we won’t see such an increase in cases. To that, all I can say is, “Huh?”

Pits to the Democrats. Joe Biden for President. Seriously?

Peaches to those who are bringing to light one of the ugliest and most shameful episodes in American history:  the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. Some now call it the Tulsa Massacre. In two days in June 1921, white mobs burned down and destroyed the all-black Greenwood section of Tulsa. The area was so prosperous, it was called the Black Wall Street. The official death toll was 36, but some estimates put it at closer to 300. As ugly as it was and is, this is one of those events that needs to be remembered and commemorated. Like the Holocaust of World War II, when we remember events like this, we ensure they won’t happen again, and we will make this a better nation.

Peaches to all the publicity, finally, surrounding Juneteenth. This marked the day the last slaves of the old Confederacy in Galveston, Texas finally won their freedom in 1865. This is a happy occassion all Americans should celebrate. Let’s call it “Emancipation Day.”

Pits to all the important history that isn’t in the history books. I’d elaborate, but I don’t have enough room here. The Tulsa Massacre is an example, as is how cannabis was a useful crop for centuries until it was made illegal in the 1930s. Let’s also not forget the racial origins of the War on Drugs. While claiming to protect Americans from the scourge of drugs, one of the goals was to control the black and Latino populations. Look up Harry Anslinger on Wikipedia and you’ll see what I mean. You can also look up what John Ehrlichman said about President Richard Nixon’s reasons for the War on Drugs.

Pits to me for blowing off some steam in this week’s Peaches & Pits. There are a lot of things I’m not happy about right now, so I hope you don’t mind too much.

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