A parking enforcement officer was shining a flashing light at a car parked alongside the restaurant where I was standing. I couldn’t understand why, but I was distracted by my search for my friend. Then I noticed the officer approaching the car and shining the light directly on the driver until the driver started the car and drove away. “Acted like he ain’t EVER seen a black man before,” the officer said as he stepped onto the sidewalk and walked away. I decided not to ask if he had seen my friend.
I’m struck by the blatant hypocrisy of Republicans, such as Mitch McConnell, who complain about their sense that Democrats are seeking to delay this Supreme Court confirmation vote. McConnell and other Republicans had no hesitation when they delayed former President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, so their criticisms about any efforts to delay this vote suggest their double standard. At least he could have some sense of integrity if he would just proclaim that he beat the Democrats at the delaying game.
This tradition — listening to the NPR reading of “The Declaration” — is one I always anticipate each year.