America in general, and St. Louis in particular, is undergoing a minor epidemic of white people shooting at the police, and I'm not sure how to feel about it.
In the past few weeks alone, as many as 10 white people have shot and killed police officers. There's a composite photo of the perps circulating as a meme in certain corners of Black People Twitter.
Here in the STL, some Juggalo-looking youth popped a cap in a cop's ass before he could even get out of his car. He was facing jail time for marijuana possession, which is still illegal in Missouri. His bio on Facebook read, "When I was 11 I turned 13, because I don't fuck with 12," which I'm pretty sure is from the lyrics to some LCD rap song. I'm surprised they didn't try to pin that one on hip-hop.
In separate incidents, two cops were shot in the face (they survived, but I'm sure their faces are all fucked the fuck up), and cops probably murdered some guy, who'd already killed his own kids, in what was presented as a "suicide by cop" scenario.
What is it with CACs these days anyway? These shootings all occurred in the weeks leading up to the presidential election. Maybe they'll calm TF down now that Trump is in office. In the article I couldn't post, on what to expect under President Hillary, I predicted an increase in white people shooting at the police.
Meanwhile, not a single black guy has killed a cop recently that I'm aware of. Not that I monitor records of police shootings as if I were the Washington Post, but if a black guy had killed a cop during this span, I feel like we would have heard about it, both because the black community would have been pressured to apologize collectively for some shit one random guy did, as per usual, and because the media would have made a big deal of it, to counter so many reports of white people shooting at the police.
On the one hand, it seems unfair to me that these shootings haven't been presented as some sort of cultural problem in the white community, possibly linked to an entirely unrelated political movement. (Why wasn't Trump made to answer for this on 60 Minutes the other day?) But on the other hand, who am I to tell the police how to feel about being killed by their fellow CACs on the reg? If it's alright with them, I guess it's alright with me.
It might even be a good thing, both in that it'll eliminate stress from my daily commute, and it'll normalize the idea of shooting at the police being considered acceptable, so maybe it's not as big a deal the next time someone from Hotep Twitter decides to carry out Maximum Emergency Compensatory Action.