I was interviewed, a couple of days ago, about my thoughts and feelings regarding the shootings in Dallas and the Twin Cities.
I was not interviewed because I have any real answers to share. After all, in many ways I am part of the problem. My over-privileged self has long benefited from the inherent iniquities within the system. Rather, I was interviewed because I was sitting on a bench at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa. A young reporter was looking for commentary from people on the street, and I was conveniently available. So we talked, and I tried to take the swirling mass of thoughts that had been in my head and boil them down into snippets. I am not sure I succeeded. Indeed, I am not sure it is even possible to provide short and brief answers to any of these questions.
Question: 1: What do you think/feel about the shootings in Dallas?
What do I think? Where do I begin?
I think, and this is what I told the young reporter, that violence begets violence.
We live immersed in violence. It is our bloody and sick birthright. We cheer it. We valorize ...