More than ever, we live in a world of two movies and one screen. Perhaps more than two movies, now. The strangest bedfellows have been created. Corporations publicly thanking the people who looted their stores and apologizing for… taking up space? For not having more stock behind the shattered windows? Last week people were being arrested for going to church. This week they’re being ignored while they burn churches. We’ve been told that it was critical for us to stay home and keep six feet apart. Now it’s apparently a moot point. The media is lecturing us that property doesn’t matter as much as human life, but nobody wants to seem to address the fact that small businesses, many of them owned by minorities, are suffering disproportionately. The NYPD caught a couple of young people throwing Molotov cocktails into squad cars; once caught, the pair were revealed to be privilege-track “BIPOC” attorneys with Princeton and Fordham diplomas. Instagram influencers are posing at riots then getting back into $85,000 Benz SUVs. A Rolex dealer was burned and looted, a police precinct headquarters burned to the ground, but the CNN Building and Teamsters HQ were also smashed up.
I will say this: I don’t like what this increasingly vivid and enthusiastically-promoted series of divisions between Americans means for the future of our children and grandchildren. What did the man on the penny say about a house divided? If you feel like talking in the comments below, feel free. Try to be friendly and kind, if you can.
For Hagerty, I suggested enthusiastic replacements for a reader’s Camry.