Pop quiz hot shot!
You are Hester Prynne (you know, from that excruciating novel The Scarlet Letter). You are humiliated and subjected to public ridicule as you are forced to stand on a scaffold and wear a scarlet ‘A’ on your chest. One day, as Rev. Wilson is grilling you, trying to find out who the father of your child is, Old Scratch himself comes up from Hell and begins to denounce you and complain to everyone what a fine upstanding woman you are.
What do you do?
What DO you do?
Well, if you are Hester Prynne, being the fine Puritan woman that you are (all that ‘A’ stuff notwithstanding) You would probably be inclined to send the Devil a kind thank you note (though I imagine the mail service in Hell is hell).
I also imagine that John Hammer, Editor of the Rhino Times (here in Greensboro NC) probably felt the same way the other day as my re-imagined version of Hester.
Hammer’s Rhino Times has been running a serialized book by none other than Jerry Bledsoe, detailing all the politics and turmoil that led to the firing of Greensboro City Police Chief David Wray in January. The series, Cops in Black and White, has presented a startlingly different view of things than City Manger Mitch Johnson and his cheerleaders over at the Greensboro Daily Worker (GDW) would have us believe.
Given that this tale is rife with racial turmoil, the good commies at the GDW as well as the Usual Commies (UCs) here in Greensboro were expecting to have themselves a grand ol’ pig pickin’, with the hapless David Wray as the star attraction.
The anticipation by the race hustlers here in Greensboro was palpable. Really, you could feel it just walking down the street!
A racist had been discovered; a Chief of Police no less!
Oh the delicious guilt trips to be layed! The shakedowns to be gained! The grandstanding to be done! The UCs were beside themselves with joy. Then came the Rhino Times series to spoil their fun.
I’m not going to rehash the details of this mess. For those who want to read it from start to present, you can find it here, http://greensboro.rhinotimes.com/. My guess is that the UCs didn’t take kindly to Bledsoe and Hammer spoiling their fun with unconvenient facts however and that is the point that interest me.
Part 2 tomorrow: Everyone loves the Klan part 2: being a truth teller in a commie world.