But it isn’t only, or even primarily, Florida

Long ago, my only objection to Florida was that it was flat and hot. Then it gave us George Dubya. Now it gives us George Zee. David Simon neatly echoes my sentiments:

You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead…. I can’t look an African-American parent in the eye for thinking about what they must tell their sons about what can happen to them on the streets of their country.

Okay, Florida contains a lot a honorable people. I even know, like, and admire some of them. But Florida also has become a favorite hangout for people whose — philosophy, code of ethics, social vision, set of values — call it what you will, but it is so far from my own that I have trouble acknowledging them as members of my own species, let alone my own country.

  • They have theirs, I have mine, and never the twain shall meet.
  • The only rational way for us to co-exist is for one of us to secede from the Union. But we’ve been there, done that, and it didn’t end up well. In fact, it was the conclusion of that secession, which was never a resolution, that haunts us still today.

    Perhaps if one of us — my side or their side — could pull off a successful separation, we each could then send reps to the United Nations, and hope something like a World Court could keep us from each other’s throats.

    Though come to think of it, similar to what’s going on right now in Palestine. Not what the casual observer might call auspicious.

    I don’t know. Suggestions welcome.

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    8 thoughts on “But it isn’t only, or even primarily, Florida

      1. The next morning, when I went to the garage to get my bike for a therapeutic ride, I saw — first time in the ten years we’ve been living here — a mourning dove. I stopped and watched, in some slight amaze, waiting for it to take off, with that mysterious and magical music their wings make in flight.

    1. I’ve got no suggestions for you unfortunately. It seems to be a fairly large problem. Maybe we’re just doomed to remain in despair of our failing world; maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Folk who are too sure of their own solutions tend to cause a lot of trouble.

      1. Yet folks who are unsure of a solution, or are unwilling to work for one, are substantially to blame for the results of those who are too sure of their solutions. We cannot subject our world, our fate and that of our children, to the vagaries of extremists.

    2. The night before the verdict, my husband and I were confident that Zimmerman would be found guilty of SOMETHING…manslaughter, at least. We were stunned when we heard the verdict. Something tells me this isn’t over.

      1. I don’t know the fine points of law (which seem to swerve with tricks of lawyers and whims of judges), which is why I cannot understand how the man who — against an official warning — instigated the confrontation, can be absolved of all blame for its outcome.

    3. As a resident if Florida this verdic scares me-so now if my neighbor gets pissed at us because we are too loud on our back porch,what’s to say he “won’t feel threatened” and come and start shooting us or our house up? There have been many “stand your ground” cases that resulted in the aggressor leaving,getting,and coming back and using a weapon.

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