The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 June 2005

Remember good old self-defense?

In April, Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed Senate Bill 436, which authorized the use of force, up to and including deadly force, against intruders and attackers and other nogoodniks.

Now I've always figured that the only good intruder is a dead intruder, and Oklahoma law tends to support this notion. I might have thought that Floridians would be happy about it, but apparently some of them aren't:

Chicago Alderman Dorothy Tillman, formerly of Pensacola, said the law will "lead to open war on black males."

"It's almost a way to eliminate people. Black men will be under the ground more than ever."

Okay, she's not all that Floridian. But what is she saying? Black males are more likely to be attackers or intruders or other nogoodniks than other people? Isn't that, um, sorta racist? And what were those other 100 people in this protest thinking?

Believe me, if you've breached my threshold and thus qualified for a free rib-cage ventilation, my first concern is not going to be the color of the perp; it's going to be how I'm going to get his bodily fluids off my hardwood floors.

(Via LilacRose, where Susan B. asks the same questions.)

Posted at 6:46 PM to Political Science Fiction


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Hi Charles,

It's just appalling, isn't it? As for the other people at the protest, I would say they are a bunch of gullable people who are letting themselves be manipulated by troublemakers.

BTW, thanks for linking to my post and I apologize profusely for SpamLookup blocking your ping yet again. Actually what it does is "force moderation", but since I don't have the trackback moderation plugin installed, it rejects it within a few minutes. I turned SpamLookup for pings off for a few minutes to see if it will let your ping through. If it doesn't, I'll link you back like I did last time.

Posted by: Susan B. at 8:12 PM on 1 June 2005

Looks like it worked this time, and thanks for paying attention.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:21 PM on 1 June 2005

It went through...yay! You're welcome...I hate for real pings to be blocked. :-)

Posted by: Susan B. at 8:25 PM on 1 June 2005

It's ok for liberals to be openly racist,just ask the senior senator from West Virginia.

Posted by: paulsmos at 10:01 PM on 1 June 2005

Based upon Alderman Tillman's perceptions, it would not be illogical for her to claim that the intruder law results in job discrimination (i.e. blacks are locked out of a career path due to the lead ceiling).

Posted by: Interested-Participant at 11:25 AM on 8 June 2005