A bit of the old ennui is upon us and I have a warm vibraty feeling all through my guttiwuts that this yonder veek whiter than the Korova Milk Bar is ripe for a surprise visit. Into the Durango-95 with our Wesson-22 we go, smecking all over our rots as we grind our capsule into his tortured litso, a real kick and good for laughs and lashing of the ultra-violent!
If this sounds like Anthony Burgess’ repulsive thrill-killing future world of A Clockwork Orange, it is.
It’s simply updated for Duncan, Oklahoma in August, 2013, where two black teenagers have been charged with shooting and killing an Australian college baseball player out jogging innocently in the middle of the afternoon.
No, they weren’t neighborhood watch zealots or even angry young men trying to avenge the death of Trayvon Martin.
The 17-year old droog matter-of-factly told police what their motive was: “We were bored. We had nothing to do. So we decided we’d kill someone … for the fun of it.”
This was shocking, even more so than the Zimmerman saga, so I tuned in to racial expert Reverend Al Sharpton and waited anxiously for the full story and the outrage.
There was no outrage. Not even a mention of the story.
I guess Al Sharpton and his MSNBC colleagues were busy that night, preparing to pivot from this sub-human murder scenario into a more sympathetic narrative about disenfranchised African-American teens who would have participated in government programs that might have kept them from becoming so terribly bored, were it not for the obstructionism of Republicans who hate President Obama because he’s black.
Professor Michael Eric Dyson will no doubt follow-up with a signature ejaculation of superfluous eloquence about the nature of the African-American experience as it cross-contextualizes with a vestigial self-referencing schadenfreude — caused by slave-holding whites — which haunts the collective unconscious of young black males even to this very day, causing them to celebrate their own failures.
And then the refreshingly honest Melissa Harris-Your-Kids-Belong-to-