There is a grand and mostly pointless debate in Kansas City over racial descriptions of suspects in local crime stories.
Racists want a full description on every purse snatching on a slow news day while guilt ridden white people worry that the news would be filled with descriptions of minorities. Of course, both sides are wrong and I’m right. My Contention: When the public can help find a suspect with a good description THEN it should be offered, if not, it’s really not too important.
And all of this preamble is simply to get us in the right mood when thinking about the most popular suburban interracial beat down in recent news headlines.
The photo featured in the post and a story from KMBC does an excellent job in demonstrating the savagery of an old school ass-whooping that a poor 83 year-old dude took in a Prairie Village Grocery store parking lot but it fails to mention how the public should regard such a callous act of violence. That’s what my dumbass is here for . . .
So let’s make it plain:
There’s a great deal of buzz and outrage concerning this story because it’s an African-American female suspect charged with serving this guy’s ass to him. The initial report describes her as a 35 to 40 year-old black female, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 150 pounds. And it’s clearly racist for the media to include this description.
Because the viewing public isn’t going to go out and find her.
There’s no sketch, no license plate details and no information OTHER than fostering fear among suburban white folks that African-American females can and will kick their ass at a moments notice. That’s a half-truth at best if the cinematic repertoire of Queen Latifah can be believed.
What’s more interesting to me is that it’s a young women kicking an older guy’s ass that’s unmerciful. For me, the gender disparity info holds more import given that I want to date a variety of younger women of all races and creeds – hopefully well into my decent old age. So it looks like I’ll have to invest in a Taser or a cattle prod in order to make sure I continue to have the upper hand in all of my intimate relationships.
So, while racial drama has come to Prairie Village once again, it’s obvious that suburbanites are missing the point on this one. Violence happens everywhere and the surprise of people to this attack only demonstrates their tacitly racist assumption that brutality should be confined to the urban core in an upwardly mobile society. Instead, this story really represents the scary consequences of the gender gap and the losing battle related to keeping women under control.