It’s been over four years now since I was the subject of a nationwide Two Minutes Hate for attempting to corrupt the youth of Athens.
What happened there was, the Trayvon Martin shooting in February 2012 inspired a barrage of whiny columns by blackety-black pundits about how they had to give their kids The Talk so they’d know how dangerous it is to be around white devils.
On all published statistics, it is of course far more dangerous for nonblack people to be around blacks. So I wrote up a Talk suitable for nonblacks to give to their kids, to warn them about blacks. That’s what got me the Two Minutes Hate spot.
One of my cautions to the kids was, quote: "Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway," end quote. Some otherwise sympathetic readers grumbled at that; but as I said in a follow-up column, quote from me:
The context here is advice to kids. Deciding which situation says, "Stay out of this!" and which says, "Help the guy" requires an act of judgment. Kids don’t have very good judgment; so a blanket "Stay out of this!" is not bad advice in context.And it’s surprisingly easy to come up with examples from the news. I’ve occasionally contemplated gathering enough for a book, Colin Flaherty-style, but never got round to it.
There was a particularly egregious example last week from Charleston, North Carolina, which several listeners sent on to me. Forty-five-year-old Chadwick Garrett, a black man himself, helped two younger blacks, 17 and 19, pull their Dodge Durango out of a ditch. When the vehicle was back on the road, they shot Mr Garrett dead.
May he rest in peace. And may those modest particles of life advice I offered the world four years ago continue to save an occasional life, as I am sure they must have done several times over by now.