During the mid-1990s, while living in Far Rockaway, Queens, for a time I would share taxis with black ladies who, like me, had just taken the A train from Manhattan or Brooklyn to the last stop at Mott Avenue on â€?The Rock.â€?
(The taxi standâ€™s unofficial policy was to not take black males
, because they would either skip out on paying,
or rob the drivers
One night I got into a conversation with a black matron about a drug-related mass murder that had taken place in Brooklyn the previous week. After a few minutes, it became clear that we just werenâ€™t clicking. I was able, eventually, to determine that each of us was talking about a different
drug-related mass murder that had been carried out in Brooklyn during the same week.
That situation was unique; I canâ€™t recall any other time during the mid-1990s that saw two drug-related massacres in Brooklyn in the same week. About contemporary Ciudad Juarez, however, I make no such assurances. On either Friday or Saturdayâ€”the 123-word AP story wasnâ€™t clearâ€”the border town, Mexicoâ€™s murder capital, had another mass corpse find, seven and counting (as well as a policemanâ€™s badge).
â€?State security official Enrique Torres Valadez said that 1,500 more troops are expected to arrive Saturday, and 2,150 arrived Friday.â€?[ Police find 7 bodies in Mexican border city, by Marina Montemayor, Associated Press, March 14, 03:48 PM US/Eastern.]
In Southern Mexico, just before Christmas,
two sets of eight victims each of drug gang massacresâ€”eight civilians in one case, and eight soldiers, in the otherâ€”were found just two days apart. Thus, it would have been possible for two Mexican strangers in a taxi to start talking about a drug gang massacre that had just occurred, and find that they were talking about different drug gang massacres altogether.
This is just the sort of conversation that President-for-Life â€?Barack Obamaâ€?
wishes for Americans to have more often.