The year hasn’t thawed from the polar vortex, but that’s already old news. Two months in, and Baby New Year has turned into a brick-tossing juvenile delinquent.
Already there has been more wacky, jaw-dropping news than we can print.
We’ve had three mass shootings since Jan 23, but the incidents already have passed from the public consciousness like a bad dream.
In keeping with the Worst Black History Month Ever, when in your wildest imagination did you think that 10 years after we elected a black president, we’d still have to have stories on why blackface is bad?
Add to that, singer R. Kelly, whose impunity when it comes to young girls was the worst-kept disgrace in black America. Add to that actor Jussie Smollett’s arrest on charges he made up a bizarre racist/homophobic attack by MAGA supporters in downtown Chicago.
Add to that the media burning more time on Smollett than an alleged white-supremacist terrorist serving in the Coast Guard.
Add to that Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax, who is characterizing accusations of sex abuse against him as a “lynching,” because, apparently, no more inappropriate term could be found.
Not even the elegant Mahershala Ali winning an Oscar for an astonishing two years in a row makes up for this rolling disaster of a month because he earned it for “Green Book,” which people still are arguing about. As a result, history-making Oscar wins by three black women have been swallowed up in the maelstrom.
And that’s just black people’s terrible, no-good news. On Wednesday, the president’s former attorney and bag man lobbed the testimonial equivalent of Molotov cocktails as he heads off to the hoosegow for lying the last time he testified before Congress. Needless to say, it upstaged the president’s summit in Vietnam.
Give us a choice between gossip and diplomacy, scandal wins every time.
Who foresaw that 2019 would bring new measles outbreaks? Or that two Catholic cardinals once thought to be untouchable would fall like bowling pins over sex crimes against children, along with the news that dozens of Southern Baptist clergy and laymen convicted of sex crimes were allowed to continue working in churches?
That people would be obsessed with freshman congresswomen who have no real clout, all while ignoring what the experienced ones actually are doing?
Who would believe that Jon Stewart, a comedian, would have to prod and shame Congress into doing its job in extending benefits to first responders affected by the Sept. 11 terror attacks?
Who among us predicted that in 2019 the richest guy on the planet would be threatened with blackmail after someone stole pictures he took of his, ahem, in a scandal tied to the Saudi government’s cover-up in the murder of a Washington Post journalist?
Who knew that three weeks after winning his sixth Super Bowl ring, an NFL team owner would be caught in a sex ring sting? If anything good is to be had here, the charge puts human trafficking in a place where we no longer can ignore it.
Winter, traditionally, has been the time of year when journalists have had to scramble for news that isn’t weather-related. But 2019 has come out of the gate like a Brahman bull, daring us to try to hang on.
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