Gee whiz, Jason Whitlock! Can you read a book, bro? Read a book, read a book, read a….well, you know the rest.
OK, in all fairness to Whitlock, I’ll concede the brother probably has read a book. Quite a few, in fact. Hundreds, I’d wager, if his skill as a writer is any indication.
And Whitlock is indeed a skilled writer, a superb wordsmith. Read what he wrote after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed first his girlfriend and then himself two weeks ago.
“We’ve come to accept our insanity. We’d prefer to avoid seriously reflecting upon the absurdity of the prevailing notion that the Second Amendment somehow enhances our liberty rather than threatens it.”
Yes, Whitlock was on his anti-Second Amendment, pro-gun control rant, but I have to admit that as rants go, his was one of the better ones.
“How many young people have to die senselessly? How many lives have to be ruined before we realize that the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons?
“Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.
“What I believe is if (Belcher) didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today….Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.”
This is great stuff. I don’t agree with one word of it, but it’s still great stuff. So what did Whitlock do after writing it?
Why, the brother just had to TALK about the column, which he wrote as part of his job as a blogger for Foxsports.com.
There’s one thing that can be said for keeping your mouth shut: it’s easier to keep from putting your foot in it that way. In a pod cast hosted by CNN’s Roland Martin soon after his column appeared, Whitlock wasn’t content to put only one foot in his mouth. He tried to cram both of them right on in there.
He hinted that forces that don’t have the black community’s interests at heart were in fact flooding our neighborhoods with drugs and guns. Oh, and Whitlock believes that the National Rifle Association is “the new KKK.”
So it’s only one book I want Whitlock to read, because he really needs to.